Marchipelago 3, 41 A.B.
When I was a boy, my mind was often intrigued by the damnedest things.
But of all the things that set my fever-prone mind a-feverin', nothing
ever quite equaled The Magic 8 Ball.
I'm not sure why this unmarried, 30ish woman had an 8 Ball in her possession,
but I'm glad she did. And I'm even gladder that she didn't keep it
all to herself as I would have.
Oddly enough, the name of the neighbor who'd introduced me to this thrilling world was Helen Ball....
Ms. Ball wasn't our neighbor for very long - virtually no time at all,
in fact, when one remembers that the earth is about 4.5 billion years old.
As luck would have it, I grew up in a very poor family.
And then - miracle of miracles! - she came through for me!
To this day I'm not sure if she mistook the 3 for an 8, simply grabbed
whatever was on sale the day she went shopping at Goodwill, didn't think
I was worthy of a full-fledged magic ball, or made a conscious decision
to toy with my heart and mind. At the time I was just thrilled to
get anything at all, rather like those caged baby monkeys on the nature
shows which will grab any old rag doll and cling to it for dear life after
being separated forever from the rest of their troop.
In hopes of helping others avoid making at least one of the mistakes of
my mother, here's how the two things compare:
Magic 8 Ball
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Pseudo-Magical 3 Ball
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Sorry - I Wasn't Paying Attention
Fortunately, I only had to make do with that 3 Ball of mine until 1997. That's when I got my PC and found the real deal online and available whenever I want it.
And I'm even willing to share!
Virtually Real Version
8 Ball Autopsy
Full Autopsy Report
Joe's Magic 9 Ball
Mmmmmm! Seems all this talk of Magic 8 Balls has built up quite
an appetite in me for some serious consultation, if you know what I mean.
Sometimes it's all just too spooky to be believed, isn't it?
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