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.