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(Big ball)   Man takes ordinary baseball, spends 27 years covering it with 18,135 coats of paint. Ball now weighs over 1,300 pounds. Still fuzzy on definition of word "hobby" (pics)   ( divider line
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2004-06-17 04:43:38 PM  
BTW - that's almost two coats a day. No wonder she has such jaw muscles...
2004-06-17 04:43:45 PM  
sure hope it wasn't this guy's
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2004-06-17 04:43:46 PM  
I don't know what's worse, that he painted the thing twice a day for 27 years or that I did the math to figure out that he painted it twice a day for 27 years.
2004-06-17 04:44:16 PM  
Bow down to their superior l33t html skillz. Too bad they don't know about Frontpage's "Title" feature.

But, if you do the math, he's averaging 1.84 coats of paint per day.
2004-06-17 04:44:20 PM  
I'm going to construct the worlds largest model of a lobster constructed entirely out of spaghetti. Now that's a hobby.
2004-06-17 04:45:33 PM  
That was an awkward sentence. I guess it would have to be, it's about a giant spaghetti-lobster.
2004-06-17 04:45:33 PM  

I'm amazed and saddened all at once. How wonderful and stupid!

I love this country with all it's weird people making pointless balls of stuff, and the people who pay to see them.

/wipes tear from eye

2004-06-17 04:45:41 PM  
Heard after the All Star Break, opposing teams will be using this ball when pitching to the Red Sox. Seems like they are having a hard time with the regulation sized one lately.

5 and a half games back biatches.
2004-06-17 04:46:51 PM  
i would have painted it blue.

2004-06-17 04:48:58 PM  
"Hey Mike, wanna go grab a beer?"

"No thanks, I think me and the wife are gonna paint the baseball again tonight..."
2004-06-17 04:49:41 PM  
Feeling kind of evil at the thinks I'm headed to Indiana with a couple of buckets of turpentine.

I can't imagine having the patience to keep putting layer after layer on this's like sitting around watching paint dry.....oh...yeah.
2004-06-17 04:50:14 PM  
Not surprised to see something like this out of a town near Muncie.

/BSU grad
2004-06-17 04:50:24 PM  
Where can I see a video of that kid getting trampled for the foul ball?
2004-06-17 04:51:05 PM  
Yet another article that makes me proud to live in Indiana (temporarily).

<i>2004-06-17 04:24:44 PM Inflatable Rhetoric
I could have done that, but didn't have a sufficiently low threshold of entertainment.</i>

You've never been to Indiana, have you?
2004-06-17 04:51:24 PM  
How many of us can honestly say we haven't thought about coating our balls with paint every now and again?

/Uh huh. That's what I thought.
2004-06-17 04:53:41 PM  
That seems like a waste of 27 years.
2004-06-17 04:55:01 PM  
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2004-06-17 04:56:05 PM  
There would be no society if living together depended upon understanding each other.
2004-06-17 04:56:15 PM  
they must really like watching paint dry!
2004-06-17 05:00:01 PM  
And I've wasted all these years making beer and fly fishing.
2004-06-17 05:01:00 PM  
I would donate $5 to watch him try and stick the ball up his wife's ass.
2004-06-17 05:01:54 PM  
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Ehh, what the hell...
2004-06-17 05:02:52 PM  
I think he should start using lead-free paint.
2004-06-17 05:03:53 PM  
Interestingly, killing kittens twice a day for 27 years produces a similar effect.
2004-06-17 05:04:44 PM  
How many coats of paint does Glenda's belly have?
2004-06-17 05:05:40 PM  
Glenda looks oh so enthused to be a part of this picture.
2004-06-17 05:05:41 PM  


I think the funniest thing I've read all day is "giant spaghetti-lobster"!

Thanks! Now to figure out how to work it in to everyday conversations.....

2004-06-17 05:07:07 PM  

Actually, upon seeing this story get greenlighted for the seventh time, I actually find it amusing....

no wait, not amusing. What's that word ?
2004-06-17 05:08:15 PM  
Does anyone else think that Glenda looks like Monica Lewinsky if she was 10 years older?

And whats with the baseball-sized tumor growing out of Mike's forehead?

And who names their son Michael Carmichael?

2004-06-17 05:08:29 PM  
Then we all just stared at the ball for a while and my eyes got moist, but I said with a smile, "Kids, this here's what America's all about"
Then I started feelin' kinda gooey inside and I fell on my knees and I cried and cried And that's when those security guards threw us out
You know, I bet if we unravelled that sucker, It'd roll all the way down to Fargo, North Dakota
'Cause it's the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota
I'm talkin' 'bout the biggest ball of twine in Minnesota
2004-06-17 05:13:51 PM  
Michael Carmichael?

That kid stole my bike when I was 14!

/wtf am I talking about, got nothing, rant, sorry guys...
2004-06-17 05:14:19 PM  
Did someone mention a ball of twine??
2004-06-17 05:16:45 PM  
2004-06-17 04:46:51 PM irishguywi
i would have painted it blue.

If you look on the right side of the picture, you'll see buckets of red, white, blue, yellow, and green paint.

What's the matter - didn't you give this article the attention it deserved?

/can't believe I noticed them myself.
2004-06-17 05:18:52 PM  
I may be the only one here that thinks this is fantastic, but I do. I love it.
2004-06-17 05:19:56 PM  
At least they had brains enough to host their 'site' on a freeserver.

"Hey Glenda! You go learn yerself some ach tee emm ell skeelz and wee'll put our ball o' paint on the eeenernet!"
2004-06-17 05:22:43 PM  
That reminds me of the "senior rock" we have at our high school, where seniors paint stuff on it to show that, well, they're seniors. My pre-calc teacher this past year told us that it was her graduating class that put it there in 1980, and that it's gotten quite a bit bigger since they put it in. She compared it to a Gobstopper.
2004-06-17 05:22:57 PM  
repeated repeat of a rewound retreaded rerun
2004-06-17 05:23:46 PM  
2004-06-17 05:24:03 PM  
That's only an average of 2 coats a day. Frankly, I'm not impressed.
2004-06-17 05:26:23 PM  
There is some HS in northern VA, I forget which -- Lake Braddock ,maybe -- which has had, for many years, a rock out front that probably changes colour about 5 times a year because people paint it so often.

I've often wondered how thick the paint is on that thing.
2004-06-17 05:29:14 PM  
hobby my ass...this dude needs a JOB.
2004-06-17 05:30:30 PM  
yep, that's weird.

Possibly even strange.
2004-06-17 05:33:19 PM  
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*Maniacal cackling heard in the background*
2004-06-17 05:33:37 PM  

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2004-06-17 05:35:46 PM  
Wow, you must get laid almost never!

/Larry Sanders
2004-06-17 05:35:50 PM  
He needs to add a cowbell to it.
2004-06-17 05:38:54 PM  
Let me divulge to everyone the full story of Mike Carmichael, my neighbor for 28 years. Like many children Mike Carmichael spent his early childhood collecting things. He started with baseball cards, then bugs and finally at the age of 10 graduated to collecting thermometers the contents of which he collected in an old american standard toilet. At the age of 12 when boys start to develop an interest in the opposite sex Michael developed a nice case of mercury poisoning which inspired him to start painting his testicles with expired lead paint he found in the back of Sherwin Williams Paint which leads us to the story of the baseball. After having his testicles removed by the sheer phsycial weight and constriction of the paint, Michael needed something to paint...and voila that is the story of my neighbor
2004-06-17 05:51:41 PM  
McFarlane's already up to $1.5 million for it. Do I hear 1.6?
2004-06-17 05:52:31 PM  
The balzac is one thing, but those paintings of the clowns behind them are really freakin' me out.
2004-06-17 05:55:38 PM  
A giant ball of paint?
Ball of Paint day?

But...but why? Why?

Dear god, why!?!??!
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