Thursday, February 19, 2015

U.S. State Tidbits, Midwest: Pretzels in Illinois, Giant Baseball in Indiana

From the American Profile Magazine.  Unfortunately, the magazine does not carry this always interesting article which would appear every two weeks in this weekly magazine.  As a matter of fact, it is possible that the magazine doesn't even exist anymore, which is too bad as it was always quite interesting.  I did save some and have now found them so will be occasionally printing some selections.

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS:  Freeport (pop. 25,638) is known as Pretzel City because of the salty treats that were a specialty of the now defunct Billerbeck Bakery, which opened in 1869.  The town's high school teams are called the Pretzels.  We always stop at the town's welcome center whenever going to Glaena, Illinois.

ALEXANDRIA, INDIANA:  Since 1977, Michael Carmichael of Alexandria (pop. 5,145) has added coat after coat of paint to a baseball.  With 17,994 coats, the ball earned a Guinness World Record in 2004 and measured 9 feet, 1 inch in circumference.  I wonder if it's on public display?

Gives Him Something to Do I Guess.  --RoadDog

1 comment:

DennyG said...

The World's Largest Ball of Paint is indeed on display. I've been there twice and put on a coat of paint each time. Layer #20430 in 2007 and layer #22702 in 2011.