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Clear Skull Bowling Ball

Updated on July 15, 2011

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.

Jeneane Garofalo as The Bowler holding her clear skull bowling ball in Mystery Men
Jeneane Garofalo as The Bowler holding her clear skull bowling ball in Mystery Men

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.


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