With Strings Attached

Paris may have the Louvre, Beijing the Forbidden City, and Delhi the Red Fort, but Baltimore has an 825-pound ball of string.
 
And it can be yours!
 
The spherical 337.5 miles of string is for sale. After the famed Haussner’s restaurant closed in 1999, Bob Gerber bought it for $8,250 and displayed the “kitschy keepsake” in his Fell’s Point antiques store, according to the Baltimore Sun.
 
Legend has it that Frances Haussner balled the string from bundles of napkins to remind the staff not to use napkins for cleaning. We’re not sure how that was supposed to work, but it did apparently take 50 years to create this unique Baltimore artifact.
 
Gerber wants the piece of history to stay in Baltimore, but he probably doesn’t deliver.

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