Shake it up at Iowa’s salt and pepper museum

Traer, Iowa, wants its share of the state’s tourism income. The only problem? The central town doesn’t have any sights to draw tourists. But never mind that because residents have decided to create their own attraction. The city approved a $12,500 (collected in sales tax) purchase of 14,400 pairs of salt and pepper shakers.

The shakers were assembled by resident Ruth Rasmussen, who’s been collecting sets since 1949. 84-year-old Rasmussen is glad her collection is going to a good place. “I can’t take care of them anymore,” she says. At one point, her collection was listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest.

[via USA Today]