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SuperBall (originally Super Ball) is a toy, invented by Norman H. Stingley, and manufactured by Wham-O in 1965. It is an extremely elastic ball made of Zectron, which contains the synthetic rubber polymer polybutadiene vulcanized with sulfur at a temperature of 165 degrees Celsius and at a pressure of 80 atmospheres. The Super Ball has an amazingly high coefficient of restitution. Dropped from shoulder level, Super Ball snapped nearly all the way back; thrown down, it could leap over a three-story building. Also known as bouncy ball. A teddy bear A toy is an object used in play. ... Wham-O is a toy company currently located in California, USA. They are known for inventing many of the most popular modern toys, including the Hula Hoop®, the Frisbee®, and the predecessor of modern Nerf® dart guns. ... Look up elastic in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... For other uses, see Ball (disambiguation). ... Polybutadiene is a synthetic rubber that has a high resistance to wear and is used especially in the manufacture of tires. ... Vulcanization refers to a specific curing process of rubber involving high heat and the addition of sulfur. ... The coefficient of restitution or COR of an object is a fractional value representing the ratio of velocities before and after an impact. ... A bouncy ball is a popular toy which rebound proportionally to the amount of force used when thrown at a hard surface. ...

After watching his kids play with a Super Ball, Lamar Hunt, founder of the American Football League, coined the term Super Bowl.[1] Lamar Hunt (August 2, 1932 – December 13, 2006) was a promoter of American football, soccer, tennis, basketball, and ice hockey in the United States and an inductee of the first three sports halls of fame. ... The American Football League (AFL) was a professional football league that operated from 1960 until 1969, when all of its teams were absorbed into the National Football League (NFL). ... The winning Super Bowl team receives the Vince Lombardi Trophy. ...


  1. ^ Rex W. Huppke (2007-01-30). Legends of the Bowl (html). Chicago Tribune. Retrieved on 2007-01-31. “Lamar Hunt, who died in December, coined the term Super Bowl in the late 1960s after watching his kids play with a Super Ball, the bouncy creation of iconic toy manufacturer Wham-O.”
2. Frauenfelder, Mark; Sinclair, Carla; Branwyn, Gareth; Kreth, Will editors. (1995). "The Happy Mutant Handbook: Mischievous Fun for Higher Primates". New York, Riverhead Books (Penguin Group). ISBN 1-57322-502-9, pg..134-136

Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era. ... is the 31st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ...


  • Stingley, Norman H., — "Highly Resilient Polybutadiene Ball"

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It is an extremely elastic ball made of Zectron®, which contains the synthetic rubber polymer polybutadiene vulcanized with sulfur at a temperature of 165 degrees Celsius and at a pressure of 80 atmospheres.
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