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Picking gum off the bottom of your shoe after you accidentally step in it on the sidewalk can be difficult, not to mention gross.

Now imagine cleaning an estimated 1 million pieces of gum — some of which are 20 years old — off a brick wall. Yikes.

That, however, is precisely what’s set to happen to Seattle’s famous gum wall in the Pike Place Market. NPR member station KUOW in Seattle reports that it began in 1991 when theater-goers started sticking their gum to the wall as they waited in line. It was once named the second-germiest tourist spot in the world behind Ireland’s Blarney stone, and it has been featured on Instagram nearly 100,000 times.

Sticky Situation: Seattle’s Famous Gum Wall To Be Melted Clean

Photo: Alex Trautwig/Getty Images

The Borowitz Report: LeBron to Announce Decision at United Nations

“To help him with his decision, the N.B.A. star has assembled an esteemed circle of advisers, including Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and the scientist Stephen Hawking, all of whom are expected to be in attendance for the United Nations announcement.”

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