Kamp Quirky: Balls of Twine and Other Oddities

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You can’t cover quirky attractions without mentioning Darwin, Minnesota, home to the nation’s largest ball of twine. Other towns have tried to top it, but Darwin’s twine ball-protected in a glass case near the town’s water tower-is the largest completed by one person. The string sensation measures 11 feet tall and weighs in at 8.7 tons.

  • A Texan courted fame with his own multicolored ball of string. Sizewise, his string edged out the twine-but others helped complete it. See it at Ripley’s Believe It or Not in Branson, Missouri.
  • And then there’s the 600-pound ball of stamps at Girls and Boys Town in Nebraska, pasted together by their stamp club back in the ’50s.
  • Intrigued by mazes? Challenge yourself at The Shed 16 Labyrinth – a Canadian masterpiece of twisty turns and obstacles in Montreal, Quebec.
  • A 31-foot-high Paul Bunyan stands tall in Bangor, Maine – a fitting homage to the mythical giant.