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May 22, 2008



My brother and I had blue Wham-o superballs, they were amazing. Heavy and brick hard, they originated the popular phrase,"Don't play ball in the house!".

The ads said something about "50,000 pounds of kinetic energy!!!" I think I was 7 (would have been 1966)the Summer the street in front of home was being resurfaced. The crew was using a steam roller, and I wondered with 7 year old glee what damage 50,000 lbs of energy would do to it.
The next morning, I non-chalantly sauntered up the hill, eyeing my chance, then, I struck. I rolled the ball down the hill to the approaching steel roller, and stepped back to get out of the blast zone...

...Sadly my dreams of high explosive fun were turned to powder, along with my blue SuperBall.

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