Deconstructing Technology

Secrets Revealed

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The Magic Eight Ball is a wonder of wonders, a see-er of seers! But have you ever been the least bit curious how it works? Or what the frequency of positive versus negative answers are? If you harbor no such curiosity, and prefer your spoilers unspoiled, then I would suggest you not hit the jump…

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Invented by Albert Carter, the first versions of his future telling device were simple tubes, decorated with mystical promises! Later versions had the look of a crystal ball, for enhanced mysticism. He partnered with Abe Bookman to mass produce this device, but Carter passed away before seeing his product sold to the world. The company they formed, Alabe Crafts, did begin to market the device, and was approached by Brunswick Billiards in 1950 and asked to convert some of the crystal ball style seers into billiards balls for advertising. The powers of the Eight Ball were such that it remains with us today. There is even a digital eight ball, for those who don’t care to venture out into meat space!

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And now to the secrets! Inside lies a tube, basically the same as the original invention, filed with murky goo and a twenty sided die, an icosahedron for you smart types. The die has twenty different answers on it, so when you hold it upside down, ask it a question, then flip it over, up floats your answer. Guided, no doubt, by a mythical unseen hand.

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This mystical orb offers one of 10 positive answers, 5 negative, and 5 useless uncertainties. Ever wonder what all of the possible answers are?

● It is certain
● It is decidedly so
● Without a doubt
● Yes definitely
● You may rely on it
● As I see it yes
● Most likely
● Outlook good
● Yes
● Signs point to yes
● Reply hazy try again
● Ask again later
● Better not tell you now
● Cannot predict now
● Concentrate and ask again
● Don’t count on it
● My reply is no
● My sources say no
● Outlook not so good
● Very doubtful

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Via retrothing and magic8ball.org.

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