On a whim today, we went to the world’s larges ball of twine wound by a single person. This monstrosity is located in Darwin Minnesota is is clearly the center of this god awful little town. The inspiration for this odyssey was Sam and Max Hit the Road.
Sam: The words “big” and “large” only begin to describe this thing.
Max: I think “stupid” and “inane” would be useful additions.
Sam: Not to mention “grotesque.”
Some information on the ball of twine from the official website:
Darwin, Minnesota is the home of a the largest Twine Ball in the World made by one man, Francis A. Johnson.
The Twine Ball is 4 meters (13 ft) in diameter, 40 ft in circumference, and weighs 17,400 pounds (7,900 kg).
Francis A. Johnson started his obsession in March of 1950 and wrapped for 4 hours every day for 23 weeks.
Francis lifted it with a crane to continue proper wrapping as he went along. For 39 years, this magnificent sphere evolved at Johnson’s farm. Eventually the ball was moved to a circular open air shed on his front lawn.
When Francis died in 1989, the city of Darwin moved the ball onto a special city lot across from the park on Main Street.
The gazebo that shelters it today allows viewing from all sides through Plexiglas panels.
The museum is a volunteer-run museum and gift shop that offers key information on the ball’s history as well many unique souvenirs.
The official website, complete with misspellings http://www.darwintwineball.com/