Things At The Bottom of the Ball Pit

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At one point in life, I might have said the ball pit was my happy place. To a kid, a ball pit seems like the funnest thing ever. I mean, there’s Disney World, Space Camp, and then Ball Pits on the hierarchy of FUN THINGS THAT THERE ARE. Not that I ever went to space camp or could even tell you what it’s like. I’m just fairly certain that space camp rules.

However, the ball pit, for all of its colorful plastic glory, has its limits. There is some magical age — a sort of threshold — that we all must cross in life. And once we cross it, we realize the ball pit is a seething, grimy cesspool of germs… and perhaps far worse.

And now I’m here to tell you, based on my own scientific research, just what lies in that “far worse” category. I’ve been to the depths of the ball pit. I’ve been to the edge of the earth. I’ve been where no man, woman, or child have ever ventured before.

These are things at the bottom of the ball pit:

— Dirty diaper
– Hypodermic needles
– Slice of pizza
– Loose coins
– Child on back of milk carton from 1983
– Goldfish, and I don’t mean the crackers
– Magnets
– (Have you ever noticed how menacing magnets seem when they’re not on refrigerators?)
– Stickers laced with drugs
– Holey socks
– Holy socks
– Whole sock
– Wedding ring
– Postcard addressed to someone in 1924
– Cookies and milk
– Amelia Earhart
– The Arc of the Covenant
– One melted Choco Taco
– One frozen Choco Taco, whoa, magic
– Car keys
– Wallet
– Phone
– Meaning of life
– The three minutes of your life spent reading this far down
– Missing glove
– Two useless members of the Jackson 5, not Michael, sorry
– Not Tito, either, damn
– God’s plans for you, He really can be an asshole sometimes
– Plastic pizzas from the Ninja Turtles Pizza Thrower
– Remote control
– Fake dog poo
– Real dog poo
– Something that resembles dog poo but isn’t
– Kombucha
– Five dollar bill
– Hershey bar
– Eric
– The answers to a particularly harrowing episode of Unsolved Mysteries
– Empty beer bottles
– Brie cheese
– One moist Kleenex
– Twenty-seven jelly beans, yes I counted each one
– Tube of lipstick
– Tuba
– Lips
– Stick
– Aged gouda — dude there’s like a whole cheese platter down here
– Fireworks
– Allergy pills
– Laffy Taffy wrappers torn so you can’t read the jokes anymore
– Gold Treasure
– Chex mix
– Fun size candy bars
– Grandma
– The fourteenth president of the US, don’t ask me who, I have no idea
– Spider rings
– Easter grass (it’s been three years and you still find this shit everywhere.)
– Tree tinsel (it’s been three years and you still find this shit everywhere.)
– Soup (clam chowder, I think)
– Lint
– Tiny ornate carving of Buddha
– Knives
– Drugs
– Blooooooooood
– Fingernails
– Toenails
– Nails
– Santa
– Easter Bunny
– Tooth Fairy
– Trix rabbit
– Pluto, the lost planet
– The letter C

And that’s it.

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19 responses to “Things At The Bottom of the Ball Pit

  1. LOL! Well now, that’s absolutely terrifying. ;)

  2. Yikes! I’m glad I don’t go in those things anymore, and if I ever have kids I’ll be warning them about those magnets

  3. Did you carefully ponder this list, or just rattle this off in an extremely random moment???? I’d like to know for future emulation. Either way, I’m highly impressed.

  4. You left out: Shoney Bear.

  5. Franklin Peirce was the 14th prez. He was pro slavery…or at least anti abolitionist. It might have been a don’t rock the slavey boat kind of thing.for good reason, he is routinely ranked as one of the worst presidents ever.

  6. Haha! My buddy loves to send his kids to the ball pit in IKEA, and is super bummed when it’s closed because some kid vomited in it. I think of it this way, if your immune system can withstand a McDonald’s ball pit, you can survive anything.

  7. As a child, I once returned to my parents from the IKEA ball pit with a urine-soaked sock. To be clear, it was not my urine. Nothing good happens in ball pits.

  8. Bill used to work at some place with a ball pit. He said whenever a kid vomited in there, as they do, he had to hose it down with some bleach solution. I’m not sure how they dry, but I’m guessing crusted up chemical vapors something something should go on this list as well. ick.

  9. dude..i dont think its soup/clam chowder…probably something way worse. ..just sayin.

  10. Thanks for the memories, Pizza.

  11. I actually had a fear of ball pits until I was about 7 because I got stuck in one as a small child. I can still remember the fear and frustration, quite vividly.

  12. Because it’s 3:20 in the morning and I’ve got a sick kiddo I’m nursing, surfing the Internet is a MUST to help defeat exhaustion…and I come across THIS gem…whether it be delirium; the uncountable amount of markers I sniffed as a child (still sniff them); or the fact I was the boy found in the ball pit 20 years later, this list is HILARIOUS! 2016 and I found something AWESOME in the ball pit! Thank you for posting this, Pizza. You are hilarious…

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