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The History Of Bouncy Balls

Updated on January 27, 2013

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?

Are Bouncy Balls Fun Or What?!

Bouncy Balls Are A Blast!!

Bouncy Balls Are A Blast!!

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    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I'm a Bounce , and I think bouncy balls are the best invention ever... Besides Indoor Plumbing:)

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I am doing a speech for school and it's on "The history of bouncy balls."

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Of course! Who doesn't like bouncy balls, I mean, really.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I am doing my science fair on bouncy balls too!!!! I LOVE these facts and have learned a lot about bouncy balls. I was even tempted to buy the 250 bouncy balls on the page.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      im doing my science fair project on bouncy balls too!!! ;)

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Bouncy balls are like bouncy balls.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      lol bouncy balls all the way

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      they are awesome im doin my science fair on bouncy balls too rock on

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      They fun and i need more facts

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Science fair project coming up!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm also doing my science fair project on bouncy balls, they rock!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      lexigurl

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      im doin my science fair proj on this. theys r awsum :)

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      i have a collection

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      there the best

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I ABSOULUTLY LUV 'EM

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      bouncy balls are awesome

    • texan203 lm 5 years ago

      They are fun!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I'm writing an essay about them

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I say of course they are they are so fun! You can play for hours with them! I have 232 of them

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      they are cool!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I love them i have over 1000

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      yes

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Bouncy Balls are awesome! I collect them and I have over 32 of them!

      Me and my best friend Trinity Sliger are doing our science fair project on them! We are going to see which one bounces the highest, frozen, boiled or a normal bouncey ball!

      Science fair is May something!!! I cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Bouncy balls are the most fun thing i used to play with growing up.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I love Bouncy Balls! They're sooo amazing :) I'm doing a Sceince project on them because I love them sooo much!! :) I'm so excited.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      i love bouncy balls and i have to a science report on them too

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      thx i did a science fair project and i have to write a 2 pg repost about balls and this totally helped!!! THX!!!! XD

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Bouncy Balls are AMAZING!!!! I love them so much! :)

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      THANK YOU SOOOOOOO MUCH! i needed this info to complete an essay :/

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Helped me with a scince fair review ;P

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      this helped me heaps with a science assignment

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      OMG THANK U SO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      im doin a history project on these

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      well yea

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      thanks for all the info i have a science project on them. thanks again

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      thay are grate expeshaly when thay go wild

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      i collect boucy balls and i am also doing a science project on them, thank a bunch for this awesome information!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      i think they r great i collect them lol.

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I collect bouncy balls. So far I own 378 bouncy balls collecting since april 2010, Oh and i'm turning twelve March 1!!! Yay, i'm really excited!!!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      bouncy balls are so freakin fun!!

      i love them, but then again my dog loves them too! xD

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I love bouncy balls there fun

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      heck ya i love balls a lot i have a lot of them

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      they are so fun i have 10,000 of them you rock norman stingley!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      best thing ever made!!!!!totally beast!!!!!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      hell yea! bouncy balls are amazing!!!!!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      i love them!!! :)

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      they are awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! they are so safe

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      yes!!!!!!!!!!!! AWESOME!!!!!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I've been colecting since i was 5 and i have 5,000,000 and that was twenty years ago

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      we have a bouncy ball CLUB!!! we love them so much! i have about 230 and my friend has 200!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      they are so much fun i have 234,597 of them

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      I HAVE SIXTY SOMETHING

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      awsome

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      yes they are veryyyyy//// lol :))

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      bouncy balls are the bomb!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! if i could i would get 100:) in fact i get to make some for a sceince proj.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      i love bouncy balls my dad just bought 100 for me and my 3 friends sooo were each gonna get 25 yey!!!!!!!!!!! cant wait!!!!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I LOVE BOUNCY BALLS, I'M PLAYING WITH ONE RIGHT NOW!!!!!!! it's called the 'super bounce' I wish I could be a bouncy ball :)

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      they hit me in the face

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      i collect them too

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      xD the best!! i collect them!!! :D:D:D:D:D

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      they fun but hard to catch

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      bouncy balls are da bomb. foe sho

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      heck yeah

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      they are awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      yes they are a great toy i play with every day! i love bouncing them against a wall or passing them with my friends. i ave over 100 bouncy balls.

    • Kit-Kitty 7 years ago

      Glad this helped Lauren! Congrats on getting your Brownies badge! :)

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      i love them and thancks to this website i can get my browny colecters bage im doing it on my bounsey ball colechen and needed to know about there hisory.

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Bouncy balls are one of the most fun things that I ever have played with. They bouncy really high and bounce excellent off walls. But one upsetting thing I new about it is that If you bounce it way to high by a roof or something like that it can get stuck up there and never come down again nomatter how hard you try I new this experience because I had tons and most got lost or stuck on roofs. But overall bouncy balls are a blast

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      I love bouncy balls! Haha I like them so much im doing my language arts research project on them! :D

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      Yeah! Like, the best toy ever! Still trying to up my collection, though! Where do you find them these days, anyway?

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      yay

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      bouncy balls are totally the best thing ever invented!!!

      :-D

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      yes definetly!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :-D

    • anonymous 7 years ago

      They are something to have a good time with!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      They are AMAZING!! I have over 2,500!! Keep them in a huge fish tank for everyone to see!! Don't bounce them! Gotta keep them clean!! :)

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      I LOVE THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!I COLLECT THEM 3000

    • anonymous 8 years ago

      Yes, duh, they are AWESOME!!!!!!!!

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      • anonymous 5 years ago

        This section is stupid, bouncy balls are AWESOME

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          bouncy balls are awesome

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          anonymous 4 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 6 years ago

          Very informative. Will be sharing with my son.

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          anonymous 6 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.