Blue Cat and the World’s Largest Ball of Twine


Blue Cat did a lot of traveling this year and made one trip (by car) from Colorado to Florida and back. On the way home he was passing through Kansas when his scribe’s son said “Let’s go see the world’s largest ball of twine!” And so they did.

A word of warning – the folks who live in Kansas (and other parts of the world as well) aren’t too happy when tourists (or anyone else) speeds through their town on their way to some amazing site (such as the world’s largest ball of twine). And the roads to such amazing places are usually 2-lane affairs that go right through town. So make sure that you follow the speed limit signs and slow down as you go through town – otherwise you may get stopped by the local police and get a speeding ticket. That’s what happened to Blue Cat – he missed a sign and was going too fast through the business district of [town name redacted because it wasn’t their fault that Blue Cat was going too fast] and got stopped by two very polite police officers. Who gave him a $100 fine for endangering the local citizens.

Anyway, Blue Cat and his family finally got to Cawker City, Kansas – a very small town with a lot of empty buildings – and this is what he saw:


Cawker City, Kansas

Some of Blue Cat's family and the World's Largest Ball of Twine

Some of Blue Cat’s family and the World’s Largest Ball of Twine

Yes – it’s that big! Two years ago (the last time it was weighed) the ball was 19,873 pounds (9,014 kg), and the folks from Cawker City add more to it every year. If you’re interested in being a part of making the ball even bigger, click here to find out how.

The trip east and south to the main road was also very interesting – in that there was absolutely no place to stop for lunch until they got back to the main highway. Blue Cat thinks that maybe the places to eat are so great that they’re hidden away so mere tourists don’t make them too busy.

Blue Cat found all of this fascinating, but that’s because he’s interested in all things made of fiber. How about you – have you seen anything that’s the world’s largest? And do you know of good places to eat near Cawker City so Blue Cat doesn’t go hungry the next time he visits the World’s Largest Ball of Twine?

© William P Doyle, Jr  All Rights Reserved  2015


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