In 1977, Scott Weaver decided to replicate the Golden Gate Bridge with toothpicks and Elmer’s glue. When the 17-year-old finished that structure, he just kept going. What started as a pastime became an all-consuming quest to, as he puts it, “blow people’s minds” with toothpicks. Mission accomplished.
The Rohnert Park, California, resident, a surfer and competitive freestyle Frisbee player — who also likes to transform his house into a castle for Christmas — has poured 3,000 hours into his 9-foot-tall, 20-pound simulacrum of San Francisco. Ripley’s Believe It or Not offered Weaver $40,000 for his 100,000-toothpick town, but he turned it down without hesitation. “Other than my wife and my son, this is the most important thing in my life,” he says. “I just regret that my mother wasn’t able to see it while she was alive.”