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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
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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