I think I can speak for most guys who are into horror and say that it wasn’t uncommon to get caught playing with your balls when you were younger. What I meant to say was that it wasn’t uncommon to get caught playing with your Madballs when you were younger. There – that sounds much better. Yes, Madballs! The gross-out 80’s foam ball toy that had a variety of names like Screamin Meemie, Slobulus, and of course Crack Head.
Catchy little jingle in that commercial. Madballs were all the rage for about a year or two and actually made a comeback in 2007. They even spawned comic books, video games, and their very own cartoon. I have fond memories of taking my Madballs to church with me, which might be sacrilegious to some and awesome to others. I even still have my original Screamin Meemie on the premises and he’s resting comfortably in my closet as we speak.
Madballs were so popular in the 80’s, they even had their own crappy knock-offs that to this day earn more money than the originals on Ebay auctions. That’s right – if you find a Blurp Ball, Weird Ball, or Wacki Ball at the flea market, make sure you pick it up because it could net you some sweet cash if you do. The bottom line is that Madballs were about as 80’s as 80’s toys could get. And they added a horror element as well, which made them a necessity for me. I tried to pass my collection down a generation to my nephews, but they were scared shitless of them. Pshhh. Kids nowadays.