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Superballs (1960s)

Superballs were invented in 1964 by chemist Norman Stingley, made of synthetic rubber, they are extremely elastic and, therefore are able to bounce very high. The original Superballs had a tendency to fall apart. After a little tinkering, that problem was fixed and a fad was born.

In the late 60s, a giant Superball the size of a bowling ball was produced as a promotional stunt. After falling from either a 23rd floor window or the roof of an Australian hotel, the Superball destroyed a parked convertible on its second bounce.