A couple of weeks ago I went out in the cold to my storage unit to hunt down Christmas decorations. I got the old fake Christmas tree out, lights, and a whole lot of red and gold balls (Ha ha I said â€œballsâ€). In my rummaging I came across my â€œMagic 8-Ballâ€. I havenâ€™t thought of or looked at that thing in years but for some reason a bit of nostalgia washed over me and I rescued it from its currently frigid home.
But since I rescued it I have been, I wonâ€™t say obsessed, letâ€™s say taken with it. It sits on the coffee table and whenever I am near it I have a yen to ask it a question. I ask it anything that pops into my head really. Crap like â€œShould I eat a turkey sandwich?â€ or â€œIs Avatar going to be good?â€ (BTW it said â€œit is decidedly soâ€. W00t!) I also asked it some interesting questions and I found out some things about myself.
For example I asked, â€œWill I die before I am 40?â€ I know I shouldnâ€™t take the answers seriously but when I saw â€œYou may rely on itâ€ pop up I was taken aback for a second. And then I had to ask more questions like â€œWill I be rich when I die?â€ and â€œDonâ€™t count on itâ€ was a very discouraging answer.
I know I didnâ€™t buy the â€œMagic 8-ballâ€ but I canâ€™t remember who gave it to me. It was a gift during one of those years where its popularity seemed to resurface for a while. I was glad to get it cuz it is one of those things a person never buys for themselves. It is an entertaining camp item that is just fun to have around. After playing with it for a while I was interested in finding out about where the â€œMagic 8-ballâ€ comes from.
Apparently it has been around since 1946. I had always thought it was invented in the 80â€™s with popularity of the â€œOuiji Boardâ€ but then I looked into that and that has been around since the 20â€™s so as you see I was wrong all over the place. Anyways, it was invented by Albert Carter who was the son of a clairvoyant. The ball is hollow but not the whole thing is filled. There is a cylinder inside that is filled with alcohol (not for drinking) that has had dark blue die dissolved in it. And floating around in the solution is the icosahedral die.
I always thought there were 10 or so sides to the die. I never really kept track to check how many different answers I was ever given. But I was surprised how many sides the die had. I gave you a hint by calling it an â€œicosahedral dieâ€. How many sides does an icosahedron have? 20. Yes there are that many answers in that ball. There are 10 positive, 5 negative, and 5 neutral responses.
As I see it yes
It is certain
It is decidedly so
Signs point to yes
Without a doubt
Yes â€“ Definitely
You may rely on it
Donâ€™t Count on it
My reply is no
My sources say no
Outlook not so good
Reply hazy, try again
Ask again later
Better not tell you now
Cannot predict now
Concentrate and ask again
There have been a number of incarnations of the â€œMagic 8-Ballâ€ over the years. They changed its colour, the answers, and even the shape. There has been a Simpsons 8-Ball that was yellow with catchphrases from the show, a Sarcastic 8-ball that gave sarcastic responses, and even a SpongeBob Squarepants on that was a cube that looked like SpongeBob.
Hopefully the fortune-telling abilities of the â€œMagic 8-Ballâ€ are of things that can be instead of will be. I can change my path and maybe the next time I ask a question about my future its answer will be different (for the better).