One of the most popular ways to establish yourself as a go-to destination is to claim you have the world’s largest something. Perhaps that goes some way toward explaining why Alexandria, Ind., has tried to boost its reputation with two of the most bizarre attractions on our list. More than a decade ago, sewage workers unearthed a massive hairball
, which the town quickly declared to be not just any hairball, but the largest in the world. Unfortunately, after a few years, this hairball dissolved (though the town did create a replica that they’ve been known to parade around on holidays).
Fortunately for the town, there was another giant object to pin citizens’ hopes and dreams on. One resident of the town named Michael Carmichael (I wish my name was Seth Carseth), spent years laying down more than 21,000 coats of paint to create what is officially recognized by Guinness World Records, and advertised by the state of Indiana, as the world’s largest ball of paint
. For those interested in visiting, you can contact Carmichael through his site
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