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The History Of Bouncy Balls

Updated on August 24, 2017

The 411 On Bouncy Balls, Also Known As Super Balls

Bouncy Balls, (otherwise known as Super balls) are great fun for people of all ages to play with, and are also looked to for quick, easy and fun entertainment by millions of people around the world.

Bouncy balls are colorful compacted pieces of rubber that can often bounce up over three stories high, also can be flung towards a wall and caught when it bounces back, bounced down the street, dribbled, and even be collected, what you do with your bouncy balls is up to you.

Who Invented The Bouncy Ball?

And When?

The Bouncy ball, otherwise known as super ball was invented by a California chemist named Norman Stingley.

In his spare time early 1965, Norman Stingley compressed scraps of synthetic rubber together under around 3500 pounds of pressure per square inch, resulting in a compressed rubber ball with an unexpected resilience.

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The First Presentation Of The Bouncy Ball

Would it make it or would it hit the ground?

Norman Stringley presented his invention to his employer at the Bettis Rubber Company, of Whittier, California.

Who rejected the item for certain "snitches" in the product, such as the ball falling apart quickly and easily, it was feared Norman Stringley's product would never hit the markets due to these problems with the toy.

Was It The End Of Bouncy Balls?

Hold Your Horses, read on.

This was not the end of the bouncy ball.

Not too long after being turned down by his employer, Norman Stringley was contacted by a company called Wham-O, who had made themselves a name for taking in brilliant ideas off the streets and working to make them "successful".

Turning ideas such as the

"Frisbee" and fixing the bugs in the idea and getting a name out there for the product once deemed "workable".

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How Did Working With Wham-O Affect The Bouncy Ball?

They took it to a whole new level!!

After Norman Stringley agreed to working with Wham-O, it took several months to come up with a more sturdy concentration that would hold up to normal use. Although, even after finding a stronger substance, the ball still lost large pieces if thrown hard enough at a rough surface.

With continuing work, the Bouncy Ball's imperfections just dissipated. They literally just bounced away.... :)

The Success Of Bouncy Balls

One step for mankind, one giant bounce for entertainment...

Soon after this, the Bouncy Ball took a step into glory and headed straight for the market in the fall months of 1965.

Wham-O gave the bouncing balls a big market promotion. By Christmas, only 6 months after being introduced to Wham-O, Seven Million Bouncy Balls had been sold at ninety-eight cents a piece. A proud achievement.

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The Audience Of Bouncy Balls

WHO plays with them??

At first the bouncy balls attracted young children, small boys and girls. Before long adults where buying the small balls of rubber as well, the bouncy ball became everyone's favorite play toy, a form of entertainment used by people everywhere.

The bouncy ball attracted people of all ages and kinds. Even presidential aide, McGeorge Bundy, had five dozen Bouncy Balls shipped to the White House for the amusement of staff members.

The Bouncy Ball became quickly known, and became the next big thing... the new style, the new cool, or the new black!

The Attempt to Deem Bouncy Balls as "Unsafe"

Don't worry that didn't last long! ^^;

Bouncy Balls were bounced over roof tops, dribbled by skate boarders, used as a tool to play Jacks, and bounced off the floor to bounce back and catch.

A real break through for the Bouncy Ball was when it started being used as a one-person-catch-game.

Throwing the compacted piece of rubber at a wall would allow it to come back at you and for you to catch it. This also gave the Bouncy Ball the chance that it would fly back and hit you. "Duck or get struck," became the new phrase.

This game became a mess when people started getting hurt from the bouncy balls. Black eyes across the nation start protesting the bouncy ball as unsafe for play and use. This of course was not enough to bring down the new break through of fun. In fact, it didn't even make an indent in sales for the bouncy ball; they just kept rising.

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The Appeal Of Bouncy Balls

How Do They Rank NOW?

The appeal of bouncy balls has gone down over the years, everything does end, but bouncy balls did not disappear completely. Bouncy balls can still be found at almost any store, in any coin slot machines or on the shelf practically everywhere.

Though there is new technology and newer gadgets the appeal of bouncy balls has not died completely, people all over the world still look to the bouncy ball for a good time and fun entertainment... as they always will.

You Decide! Are Bouncy Balls Fun?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      bouncy balls are awesome

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      @anonymous: nice

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      i love bouncy balls and im doing an my science fair project on them!!!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love bouncy balls and I have been collecting them for a while now. That was why I tried to get one of these bouncy balls in the add: I wrote everyone about it, but I had no luck!

      If anyone know a way to get one, I'd truly appreciate it!

      Thank you!

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      Francis Luxford 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      Ha, I never knew bouncy balls had such an interesting history. Great lens!

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      GrinningFool 7 years ago

      Very informative. Will be sharing with my son.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      @anonymous: im using it for a skool project right now

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      this just might help me get ready for a school project

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      hehe

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      i would like to invite everyone who enjoys bouncy balls to visit the site of the newest sport-culture revolving around a bouncy ball (we call them dorfs). an entire sub culture has emerged with the dorf at the center ready to explode.

      www.mysticrhoads.com

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      tdove 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining G Rated Lense Factory!

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      Midnight_Alchemist 8 years ago

      Wow, I never thought about bouncy balls much before! This is really cool. Great job! ^-^

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      Kit-Kitty 8 years ago

      [in reply to poddys] Thank you so much!

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      Tony Payne 8 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Nice lens, and I love super balls. I remember the first I had right when they first came out. It was amazing back then the way they continued to bounce, and all the tricks you could do. It gave me hours of pleasure. 5***** favorited and stumbled.

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      Kit-Kitty 8 years ago

      [in reply to Michael-at-Squidoo] Thank you! Bouncy balls are often given for being good patients!

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      Michael-at-Squidoo 8 years ago

      Nice, and colorful lens! My daughter visited the dentist today. She got a yellow super ball for being a good patient.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I love the bouncy ball. There lots of fun.

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      Kit-Kitty 8 years ago

      [in reply to KimGiancaterino] Mine was yellow, my favorite toy for the longest time! Thank you very much, I am glad you think so!

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      KimGiancaterino 8 years ago

      I remember my first super ball when I was a kid. I think it was black. These are colorful and fun. You really have a way with graphics! Nicely done.