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Infectious Disease Balls

Invented at ThinkGeek
  • Squeeze the ball hard & blisters will protrude from the bag
  • Relieves stress and reduces appetite!
  • Four diseases available: Bubonic Plague, Cooties, Smallpox, Zombie Virus
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No one expects Bubonic Plague!

IMPORTANT!!!
Inside each ball is liquid latex which makes the magic happen when you squeeze it. Be careful you don't pierce the ball with your fingernails or any other sharp object lest you be left with a puddle of neon colored goo. Gotcha?

People deal with stress in different ways. Some of us prefer shouting curse words. Others go out for a smoke. Still others head to the kitchen for a snack. All of these are bad habits, of course. We have a solution for the stress eaters of the world. Go to Wikipedia and look up infectious diseases. We can promise you that seeing pictures of pustules and boils will kill any appetite you may think you have. And yes, this is your friendly copywriter monkey speaking from experience. *barf*

Some fun things you may not know about infectious diseases:

  • Staphylococcus comes from the Greek words "staphyle" and "kokkos" meaning "a bunch of grapes." If you squeeze our Infectious Disease Stress Balls, you'll get a very nasty cluster of pustules, much like a bunch of grapes. Grapes full of orange pus.
  • Bubonic Plague came from the Greeks, too. Well, it came from rat fleas, but the word "bubo" means "swollen gland" in Greek, and if you were lucky enough to catch Bubonic Plague, you got lots of those in your armpits and groin. Ew.
  • While Cooties is currently immunizable by any child with the chant "Circle, circle, dot, dot, now you've got the Cooties shot," the word Cooties originally described lice in WWI. Soldiers also called them "arithmetic bugs" because "they added to our troubles, subtracted from our pleasures, divided our attention, and multiplied like hell."
  • Smallpox (not Greek!) is another picture you don't want to see before dinner. It localizes on the skin and in the mouth and throat and has a nasty rash and raised blisters full of fluid.
  • And finally, nobody expects the Zombie Virus in the movies. But we do. WE DO. We're really hoping the Zombie Virus doesn't turn skin green with orange pustules, but it sure would make the zombies easier to spot from a distance.
Four diseases

These stress balls come in a mesh-like bag. Do not remove the bag unless you want to ruin everything for everyone. Srsly, just leave it on because it's what makes the stress ball so much fun. Squeeze it hard and blisters will pop out of the holes in the bag and be a surprisingly different color than the ball itself, much like the things that come out of a boil when you lance it. Lost your lunch yet?

Product Features

  • Gross and totally fun stress balls, made at ThinkGeek
  • Leave the ball inside the mesh bag - do not remove it!
  • Squeeze the ball hard and gross blisters will pop out of the bag
  • Inner color of ball is different than the outer color for maximum gross-out
  • Relieves stress and reduces appetite!
  • Four diseases available:
    • Bubonic Plague (blue)
    • Cooties (red)
    • Smallpox (green)
    • Zombie Virus (orange)
  • WARNING! CHOKING HAZARD. NOT FOR AGES 3 AND UNDER
  • WARNING! MAY CONTAIN LATEX

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