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The Garbage Pail Kids of balls would like to bounce their way into your heart.

March 9, 2012

“You can get an idea from anything if you are willing to think hard enough and long enough.”

— Isaac Asimov, Nightfall and Other Stories

There exists no greater proof of the late, great Mr. Asimov’s truism than the Madballs, lumps of smelly plastic that were shoe-horned into not just a comic book series (which I assure you will one day be lovingly covered here), but also a cartoon. Unbelievable. It’s a good thing that they were able to diversify, because I never quite got the appeal of the original toy. They were ugly to look at, and their irregular shapes made them useless for the simple bouncing that normally forms the sum total of a ball’s purpose in life. I’d think that looking at a ball with a bloody head bandage would rapidly lose its lustre, but hey, WHAT DO I KNOW?

Something tells me the folks behind the fictional Madballs universes had to think real hard and real long to weave anything out of this straw.

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