Thursday, September 12, 2013

Hypersphaera nova

Hypersphaera nova
Neon Superball

H nova are composed of a rubber of less density than the traditional Super Ball and display a low level translucence that allows light to penetrate the ball and makes it appear to glow.  This apparent luminescence mimics the fluorescence of Neon gas lighting and gives the ball its name.   The textured surface improves the illusion, as hotspots of reflected light are unable to appear on the stippled surface.   Although this specimen demonstrates the  distinct reddish-orange glow of low-voltage neon gas lamps recognizable in advertising signs, the balls can be found in a full rainbow of colors.  Similar to the range of non-reddish-orange lights that can be found - all other colors are generated with the other noble gases or various types of fluorescent lighting - these colored balls are still referred to as "neon".

Photo Courtesy of Lenore M. Edman

Hypersphaera nova
by Henry J. Simonds

A specimen box created for the forthcoming exhibition, Super•Ball, opening December 6, 2013 at the temporary headquarters of the International Sphaeralogical Society, to be located at the Mine Factory in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Photo Courtesy of Henry J. Simonds, ©2013

Vintage UK Super Ball commercial. Featuring the late Tv personality (and sexual predator) Jimmy Savile

Dear Sphaeralogists,

I wish there were no association between our beloved brand and this despicable person, but during the initial launch of the brand in the UK, Jimmy Savile was a beloved and popular TV personality.  History has obviously changed our understanding of the man, but at the time, this was a savvy business partnership.

In any case, here is the commercial from that period.


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