Want to squeeze in one last summer vacation? How about visiting the world’s largest ball of paint?
Over in Alexandria, IN, this dream can become a reality. You can even add your own coat.
World Records Academy
|A coat or more a day for 35 years has earned Michael Carmichael world-record designation for a ball of paint that he keeps in a special shed.|
Reports say that over the span of 35 years, one Michael Carmichael, his children and visitors have applied roughly 23,000 coats of paint to an ordinary baseball, with each layer a different color than the one before.
The idea to paint the ball was spurred when Carmichael accidentally dropped a baseball in some paint. Somehow inspired, Carmichael decided on Jan. 1, 1977, to have his 3-year-old son paint a ball—and then neglected to tell him to stop.
|The project began Jan. 1, 1997, when Michael Carmichael had his little boy paint a baseball. The rest of the ball is just paint.|
It’s not an inexpensive hobby. Carmichael applies up to 10 coats each day. Each year, he spends about $5,000 on the latex paint, most of it at his local Sherwin-Williams store, according to Oddity Central.
The behemoth 3,500-pound ball of paint also holds the world record in such a feat, as the Largest Ball of Paint, reports indicate. The publicity has made Carmichael’s home (and the shed he built to work on the ball) a favorite tourist stop.
More information on the man and great ball is available here.
Road trip, anyone?