by Elizabeth M. Economou | Updated 11 Jun 2018 at 2:34 PM

(photo credit: Koosh Ball Wall, CC BY 2.0, by K Tempest Bradford)

Initially ridiculed by the media, the Koosh Ball hit store shelves in 1987, and by 1988, the ball — which has been described as “a cross between a porcupine and a bowl of Jell-O” — was a Christmas best-seller. Invented by Scott Stillinger, the Koosh is a reminder that necessity is the mother of invention; Stilliger wanted to give his kids a toy that they could easily toss and catch, and began with a box of rubber bands. By 1989, the Koosh was being sold in some 14,000 toy stores nationwide. The company that produced this item, OddzOn, made about $30 million a year before it sold the toy to Hasbro.

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