He was 55, with a shaved head, new pale stubble just starting to show. He wore small black glasses that contrasted with his skin, which was blanched. He had on a Star Wars T-shirt, size XXXL. On his lower half he wore athletic shorts and a fanny pack that contained his cell phone charger, his glucose monitor, and a Ziploc bag of change. His cheekbones on the thin face stood in stark relief to the rest of him, all of him below the neck, which hung downward—the skin sagging from his arms and calves, the vestiges of his former life.
In their Branson, Missouri location, they host a six-ton plastic string ball rolled in Mountain Springs, Texas. In 1992, owner . Payne, a 71-year-old rancher, asked Guinness and Ripley's to declare him the new king of string. His multicolored ball of string sat in his barn, with a -foot circumference, 18 inches greater than the largest on record. It stands 13 feet, inches tall. Officials at Darwin maintain this is another "group effort" -- not the work of one man. And Cawker City twine scholars note that the Branson ball uses "plastic string," bloodlessly procured, applied, and displayed -- no lifelong labor of love there.