Based in Texas, Words is a blog by Kari Lynn Collins. Her posts explore life, mostly through laughter.

 

A stick, a box and a Magic 8 Ball walk into a Hall of Fame

A stick, a box and a Magic 8 Ball walk into a Hall of Fame

In a surprising announcement last week, I learned that the Magic 8 Ball, Uno the card game and coin-operated pinball machines will be inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame this year.

It was surprising because, who knew there was a National Toy Hall of Fame?

But there is and it hails from Rochester, New York.

Among the toys these three classic games beat out were American Girl Dolls, chalk, Chutes and Ladders, tic-tac-toe, the sled and Tickle Me Elmo.

However, these games join some 65 other previous honorees including the stick, Barbie, the cardboard box, and Lionel Trains and practically every other real or imagined toy I played with as a child.

Being a lifelong journalist, I rushed down to Target and bought a Magic 8 Ball to interview for this breaking story. 

What follows is a verbatim transcript of our interview.

KLC: Congratulations on your induction to the National Toy Hall of Fame this year. Did you see it coming?

M8B: Signs point to yes.

KLC: Are you hoping to be displayed between the stick and the cardboard box?

M8B: My reply is no.

KLC:  Were you tickled to have beaten out Tickle Me Elmo in light of the decades-long irritating trend of talking stuffed animals with high-pitched voices?

M8B: As I see it, yes.

KLC: You are made of plastic, alcohol – not the drinking kind, I heard – and blue dye, yet you seem to carry on a great conversations. Why is that?

M8B: Yes.

KLC: That doesn’t even make sense.

M8B: Concentrate and ask again.

KLC: Is it because you are only designed to answer yes and no questions?

M8B: You may rely on it. 

KLC: Aaaaah, gotcha.

KLC: Since I paid my $12.99, I have some personal stuff I need to know, if you don’t mind. Will Iowa Park ever have an Olympic Luge team?

M8B: Outlook not so good.

KLC: is it because of a complete lack of feasibility?

M8B: It is certain.

Me: The Mega Millions lottery drawing tomorrow night is $69-million. Will I win?

M8B: Ask again later.

KLC: But I would like to know now.

M8B: Better not tell you now. 

KLC: Fine. I understand your original inventor was Albert C. Carter who was inspired by a spirit writing device used by his mother, Mary, a Cincinnati clairvoyant. I’m guessing your gifts are genetic?

M8B: My sources say no.

KLC: In your humble opinion, should the stick be in the national Toy Hall of Fame?

M8B: My reply is no.

KLC: Can you shed any light on how the stick and the cardboard box were inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame.

M8B: Reply hazy, try again.

KLC: Tell me true, those people who nominated the stick and the cardboard box for the hall of fame; their favorite ice cream flavor is vanilla, isn’t it?

M8B: It is certain.

KLC: Thank you for your time. I hope you enjoyed it as well. 

M8B: Outlook not so good.

Interviewing a Magic 8 Ball turned out way better than I imagined it would, even though it didn’t give me any really juicy quotes.

So much better than interviewing a stick.


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