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   Undertoad  Monday Mar 29 12:01 PM

3/29/2004: Record-setting painted ball



Coulda sworn the IotD covered this guy before, but I couldn't find it. Anyway, the guy on the right there has been painting his ball. For a very long time.

He started by painting a regulation baseball with a coat of paint in 1977; he found that he enjoyed it so much that he kept on coating it, regularly. And now it has over 18,000 coats of paint.

So the guy on the right there - an arborist by trade - is taking a "core sample" of the painted ball, to kinda sorta verify that it IS a baseball with 18,000 coats of paint for the Guinness folks.



glatt  Monday Mar 29 12:32 PM

They both look so excited.



CharlieG  Monday Mar 29 01:04 PM

Man, when he threw that baseball in, it looked like a watermelon



MachineyBear  Monday Mar 29 03:09 PM

That's probably the only baseball I'd actually be able to hit. Boy I sucked.



xoxoxoBruce  Monday Mar 29 06:44 PM

I guess that wet paint sign was in constant use.



Leah  Monday Mar 29 07:00 PM

Why on earth would you bother painting the ball in the first place, I can think of many other ways to get in the Guiness Book of Records.



Kitsune  Monday Mar 29 07:29 PM

Why on earth would you bother painting the ball in the first place

More importantly, what in the hell is on the wall behind him? Clowns? In his garage? This guy has more mental issues to worry about besides applying a coat of paint to a baseball everyday.



Pearcie (AUS)  Monday Mar 29 08:50 PM

No Console

What this guy needs is a PS2. Poor guy cant think of anything better to pass the time than paintin a ball. I'd hate to live in his town :p



richlevy  Monday Mar 29 09:22 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Kitsune
Why on earth would you bother painting the ball in the first place

More importantly, what in the hell is on the wall behind him? Clowns? In his garage? This guy has more mental issues to worry about besides applying a coat of paint to a baseball everyday.
Hmm, odd personal hobby. Fixation with clowns. I thought they executed John Wayne Gacy.


Beestie  Monday Mar 29 10:54 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by richlevy
Hmm, odd personal hobby. Fixation with clowns. I thought they executed John Wayne Gacy.
I'm a little troubled by the point of view of the photograph also.


Emrikol  Tuesday Mar 30 04:23 PM

UT was close

I found it in the Quality Images...back in 6-14-02

...and I remember when it was posted too....guess I really have been lurking around here _WAY_ too long.

http://www.cellar.org/showthread.php?threadid=1688



Elspode  Tuesday Mar 30 05:21 PM

You've been lurking since 2002 and this is only your 20th post?!

What...you don't like us?



Emrikol  Tuesday Mar 30 05:37 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Elspode
You've been lurking since 2002 and this is only your 20th post?!

What...you don't like us?
Sorry I mainly just read... I had thought about trying to become more active...but I just can't get ahold of this whole message board thing. I miss the good old days of BBSes, IRC, and USENET.


lumberjim  Tuesday Mar 30 06:12 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Beestie
I'm a little troubled by the point of view of the photograph also.
if you look carefully at the top of the ball, it appears to be suspended by a rope of some sort. considering that the ball with 14,000+ coats weighed 515lbs, I would imagine that this ball is quite heavy.

now lets do the math

if we make the assumption that this weinie put one coat on the ball per day, it would take him 49.315 years to do the 18000 coats

assuming TWO coats per day, that's 24.66 years worth of painting.

3 a day is 16.44 years.

any way you shake it, this guy has too much free time, and not much imagination.


ok....edit: I just noticed that he's been at it since 1977....that's 27 years, or 666 coats per year, or 1.82 coats a day, every day. how fucked up is that?




Happy Monkey  Tuesday Mar 30 06:20 PM

And possibly a mild case of OCD.



lumberjim  Tuesday Mar 30 06:24 PM

mr paintball goes to heaven:

GOD:
well, my son, what have you accomplished in your lifetime?

WEENIE:
uh, I have this really big green ball?

GOD:
.............................erm, ok....................anything else?

WEENIE:
well, no, I spent so much time on the ball, that I missed raising my kids and deid early from paint fume induced lung cancer.


GOD:
well.........uh.....have you beensaved?

WEENIE:
oh, most definately

GOD:
ok, great, welcome to heaven.



xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Mar 30 07:16 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Emrikol


Sorry I mainly just read... I had thought about trying to become more active...but I just can't get ahold of this whole message board thing. I miss the good old days of BBSes, IRC, and USENET.
Hey, you were there when we needed you. They also serve, who only read (and remember) and wait.


Undertoad  Tuesday Mar 30 09:31 PM

Yeah, I know I've mentioned it before, but I love "readers". However anyone wants to participate is perfectly fine.



wolf  Wednesday Mar 31 01:11 AM

Why is the ball now lumpy? It's not in any of the other photos ...



ChrisD  Tuesday Apr 6 05:47 PM

Quote:
Originally posted by Elspode
You've been lurking since 2002 and this is only your 20th post?!

What...you don't like us?
Ahem. 30th post. 2001.


xoxoxoBruce  Tuesday Apr 6 06:06 PM

Way to ChrisD, baby. Woo hoo.



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jun 20 12:04 AM

They have a website for the ball of paint. Also a movie about the town, their paintball, and the giant "hairball" that clogged the pipes ten years ago. The resurgence of the town is due to a pair of giant balls.



YellowBolt  Sunday Jun 20 12:12 AM

I been lurking here for a while, but never bothered to register until I found that picture of the three-headed frog. Go IOTD.

Anyways, why a baseball? Why not... a tennis ball, or a pineapple? I'd love to see a paint-layered pineapple.



lumberjim  Sunday Jun 20 12:17 AM

i'd like to see a paint layered......bust of richard nixon?



xoxoxoBruce  Sunday Jun 20 08:25 AM

Quote:
Originally posted by YellowBolt
I been lurking here for a while, but never bothered to register until I found that picture of the three-headed frog. Go IOTD.

Anyways, why a baseball? Why not... a tennis ball, or a pineapple? I'd love to see a paint-layered pineapple.
After 10 or 15 thousand coats of paint, it wouldn't make any difference.


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