Thursday, 12 November 2015

Scrape It Off, Scrape It Off

image credit: Kristin Wall

On a wall in Seattle's Pike Place Market, thousands of pounds of chewing gum have built up over the past 20 years, stuck there by locals and visitors, eventually becoming a tourist attraction on its own.

This week, the millions of gum wads are being scraped and steam-cleaned away, in a move to preserve the historic buildings. The Pike Place Market Preservation & Development Authority plans to weigh the removed gum before throwing it out. There are apparently no plans to prevent the gum wall from returning once the cleaning is complete.

(via Bits & Pieces)

2 comment(s):

Anonymous said...

Seattle is exactly where I'd expect to find such a revolting thing. Stinking hippies.

Rod Sulik said...

Not hippies. This all started when people waiting in line at a theater started to put their gum which had lost its taste on the wall. Eventually, word spread, and even tourists visited the area to deposit their own gum. So, if anyone is to blame, perhaps it is the theater management who made their customers wait long enough to chew the flavor out of their gum.