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Largest Staple Ball

United States Matt Foster

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Bentonvile, Arkansas, United States / June 28, 2009

Matt Foster created a ball of standard-sized staples weighing 7.10 pounds, a new world record. Foster began collecting them over two years ago when he started working in an office.

The ball was documented on June 28, 2009 in Bentonville, Arkansas. Amanda Foster was present as a witness.

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  • response to previous attempt United States AnnMarie Chilson

    AnnMarie Chilson

    We are in the document imaging business so all staples must be pulled before documents are scanned. Instead of throwing the staples away we decided to make a world record. So it technically took no extra time.

  • response to previous attempt United States Joshua Darling

    Joshua Darling

    Talk about nothing to do with time, I wonder how long it took you guys to complete this???

  • response to previous attempt United States AnnMarie Longfoot

    AnnMarie Longfoot

    Adam, your observation is correct there is "debris" in our staple ball. This "debris" is part of what makes our staple ball so unique. The stapler was first invented in the 18th Century for King Louis XV, but George McGill received the patent for the modern stapler in 1867. Our business deals with the preservation of county records and our staple ball has in it staples that date back to the mid 1800's when Texas originally became a state. This means we have some of the first staples ever used. We considered burning out the "debris" but feared that it may compromise our "antique" staples. So the small amount of what you call "debris, we call "history"!

  • response to previous attempt United States Adam Kowolski

    Adam Kowolski

    There's other debris in there. It's not considered a Used staple collection unless there are only staples, which does not include "Bits" of staples. therefore you don't have the record. Has to be only Used staples.

  • response to previous attempt United States Emily Patricia

    Emily Patricia

    Wow. That's crazy! Well, it is DEFINITELY a decent size!

  • response to previous attempt United States AnnMarie Longfoot

    AnnMarie Longfoot

    Emily, we started our collection in 2006, and actually didn't know there was a record until a few years ago, but didn't want to submit it until it was a decent size.

  • response to previous attempt United States Emily Patricia

    Emily Patricia

    Did you guys start saving up before or after you knew about this world record?!

  • response to previous attempt

    For those who like to beat this reccord, good luck...

  • response to this attempt United States Alexander Paul Kleinschmidt

    Alexander Paul Kleinschmidt

    That thing is just crazy!

  • response to this attempt

    You are the man Mr. Foster! I wish I had something this cool.

  • response to this attempt

    This is amazing...simply amazing

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