So you think you know who said, "There's a sucker born every minute."
November 04, 2011
Or playing for all the marbles.
Draw a circle a few feet wide.
Use chalk on asphalt or concrete, a stick in dirt, or a string on a carpet.
Shoot by kneeling and flicking your marble out of your fist with your thumb.
Gave us the term, "Knuckle down."
Keep shooting if you knock any marbles out of the ring.
The winner is the player with the most marbles.
Ralph K. Lucht must have lost a lot of marbles, (some think he's completely lost his marbles) since he's collecting them now.
He put his obsession about collecting and extolled the skills of a certain German marble maker into a book:
True, it's not the snappiest title in the world, but Lucht shines a light on the little known Fiedler, who was known to be a secretive genius and extraordinary marble maker.
Marbles go way back, even when they weren't marbles.
The game probably started when cavemen starting flicking pebbles to hit other pebbles.
Not sure what their word for "keepsies" was.
In 1848 a mold to make marbles revolutionized the process.
In 1950 several advancements got things rolling.
Played for keeps had real meaning because now you didn't want to lose the exotic cat's eye marble, developed in Japan and created by injecting colored glasses into the normal marble.
Marbleologists in the U.S. discovered that if you bake your marbles before they cool you would get a crackled effect.
In 1960 Neil Armstrong described the Earth out of his spaceship window as a "Big blue marble."
It does look like one, you know.
Marble playing today has been replaced by more vigorous activities like video and Nintendo Wii games, but I'm sure you can still find some hotshot out there who's looking to take someone's marbles.