33 years ago, Mike Carmichael of Alexandria, Indiana, started with a baseball. Then he added some paint. And more paint. And even more paint. Now, all those years later, he’s up to more than 22,000 layers of paint on this ball. Weighing in at about a ton and a half, the World’s Largest Ball of Paint has made it into the Guinness Book of World’s Records. If you’re ever in Alexandria, Indiana, look Mike up and add another layer of paint to hi famous ball.
World’s Largest Ball of Twine
This is a tough one. See, there are actually several places that are said to be home to the largest ball of twine in the world. The Darwin Twine Ball Museum in Darwin, Minnesotta, says it has the world’s largest ball of twine. Then there’s Cawker City, Kansas, which say it has the largest twine ball in the world, started by Frank Stoeber more than 50 years ago. Let us not forget James Frank Kotera’s huge twine ball, which is touted as the world’s heaviest twine ball, in Lake Nebagamon, Wisconsin. And last, but not least, is the twine ball in Branson, Missouri, that is owned by Ripley’s Believe It or Not. So, who has the largest ball? I don’t want to give a definitive answer, because it might start a war of balls in the twine community, but supposedly that twine ball in Branson has been certified by Guinness Worlds Records. Let’s just leave it at that. Below is an image of the twine ball in Branson.
Ouch! Don’t touch the barbed wire! Believe it or not, the reported world’s largest ball of barbed wire currently resides in Jackson, Wyoming with the Ripley’s folks. What is it with all these middle America states and giant balls? I guess some folks really need a hobby. To that end, J.C. Payne of Cawker City, Kansas (remember that place from above?) is working on beating the record.
World’s Largest Ball of Rubber Bands
This is another one that’s not so easy to answer. Several people say they have the world’s largest ball of rubber bands. John Bain of California says his ball is the biggest. However, the Guinness folks say Joel Waul of Florida has the biggest ball of them all. And until recently, Steve Milton of Oregon apparently had the world’s largest ball of rubber bands. Once again, I’ll generally side with the people at Guinness, but who knows? So many folks want the biggest ball, this record could be broken again at any time. Pictured below is Joel Waul with his big ball.
World’s Largest Ball of Stamps
That’s right. Stamps. A group of stamp collectors back in the 1950s in Boys Town, Nebraska, put this big baby together. Today it can be viewed (and touched!) at the Leon Myers Stamp Center. If you’re ever in Nebraska, drop in for a ball.
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