Magic 8 Ball By Euphrates
Remember kids at school making those folded-paper fortune tellers? You know, your friend
puts their fingers in the device and you select a number on the outside. After some opening
and closing of the contraption your mate would open up a flap to reveal that you liked little
Becky Stinkerwoltz. Well, in the late '40s the Alabe Crafts company merged the schoolyard-tested
idea of the folded-paper fortune telling system with a plastic 8-ball. Ask the ball a question,
give it a shake and then look in the "Spirit Slate" for the answer. Some of the possible responses
Ask Again Later Better Not Tell You Now Concentrate and Ask Again Don't Count on It It Is Certain Most Likely My Reply is No My Sources Say No No Outlook Good Outlook Not So Good Reply Hazy, Try Again Signs Point to Yes Yes Yes, Definitely You May Rely On It
The ball itself was about 3 1/2-inches in diameter and was manufactured with slightly flattend areas on them so that they could sit on a table without rolling. In fact, they were originally promoted as a paperweight or a conversation piece.
There have been many imitators, especially since the '70s. Avon made a lotion-filled 8-Ball. There have also been Magic 8-Ball styled key-chains, Yodas and Smiley Faces. Alabe continued rolling out the original 8-Balls well into the '70s.
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