THE world is a weird and wonderful place – and this unlikely tourist attraction is definitely filed under the “weird” category.
It is a wall in Seattle covered in chewing gum.
The “gum wall” is located down a passage at Pike Place Market in downtown Seattle.
Every day it attracts hordes of visitors who not only want to see what a wall of used chewing gum looks like, but also want to contribute to it.
The “Gum Wall” has even received great reviews on TripAdvisor, despite a poll by the site naming it one of the top five ‘germiest’ attractions in the world.
One reviewer who gave it a five-star rating said: “It might be gross for many, but it is still something to see. If you look close, you can see creative uses for the gum on the wall.”
Another described it as “disgusting but oddly captivating”, and many reviewers labelled it a “must-see” landmark in Seattle.
Some shops even sell fridge magnets of the wall.
Disgustingly fascinating visiting the famous gum wall. First heard of this wall when I watched the movie Love Happens and was so intrigued to visit it someday and today I contributed to the germy alleyway and put my piece on the wall as well wooooo haha yum yum yum. ?
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The local council isn’t so impressed, though.
In 2015, the Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority tried to rid the wall of all its gum for the first time in 20 years.
The wall is said to have been started in 1990 as a last-ditch effort by theatregoers of Seattle’s Market Theatre to get rid of their gum while waiting in line.
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It took workers an estimated 130 hours of vigorous steam cleaning to fill 94 buckets with 168 stone of chewed gum.
However, it didn’t last long – visitors were back the following day to start the collection all over again.
This story originally appeared on news.com.au.
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