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Dreams of a record wrap up "string king'

A 71-year-old rancher is asking the Guinness Book of Records to accept his documentation and declare him the new King of String.

J.C. Payne's multicolored ball of string has a 41{-foot circumference, 18 inches greater than the largest ball on record.

It sits in Payne's barn in Mountain Springs, 50 miles north of Dallas. He tied the last knots a few weeks ago and had the ball's size certified by Cooke County surveyor Delbert West. It stands 13 feet, 2{ inches tall.

The largest string ball on record is 40 feet in circumference and 12 feet, 9 inches in diameter. It took Francis Johnson of Darwin, Minn., 12 years to roll it, ending his project in 1978.

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