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Clear Skull Bowling Ball
The Blue Raja: Sorry, but am I to understand you've inserted your
father's skull inside of that ball for bowling?
The Bowler: No, the guy at the pro shop did it.
-- Mystery Men (1999)
An underappreciated movie starring Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria, William H. Macy, Kel Mitchell, Janeane Garofalo, Paul Reubens, Greg Kinnear, and Geoffrey Rush. It's about a group of B-rated superheroes who had to save the day after the A-rated superhero got in trouble.
Despite the top casts in the line-up, the movie did not rake in blockbuster money and was considered a major flop. But I loved it and so did a handful of others that I know.
I'd like to think that the movie is enjoying a cult status among movie fans. It's funny.
Since I was in a bowling league at the time the movie came out, the clear skull bowling ball that Janeane Garofalo's character, The Bowler, used as her main weapon made an impression on me. I thought it was the coolest thing at the time.
According to IMDB, it was custom-made. So bowling ball shown in the
movie might had been the first of its kind. Apparently, after the
movie, Ebonite, a bowling ball manufacturer, made a line of clear skull
bowling balls to market as part of their Super Fun Ball line. A handful
of bowling ball manufacturers seem to be making them nowadays as well.
Now that I've been invited to join a bowling league, I should get one just for fun.