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Saturday, July 10, 2010
Not even a lion can harm this ball


Posted by Leander Schaerlaeckens

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa -- They've been handed out to kids all over Africa. And if everything works out, they'll never need another. They're soccer balls, and they're indestructible.

The ball was conceived by Tim Jahnigen -- who writes and produces music and invents things -- after seeing Darfurian kids play with a soccer ball made of glued-together trash on CNN. The new ball -- named after its very own non-profit, One World Futbol -- came to exist after Sting put up the cash for research and development.

The ball is designed to never wear out, never deflate and never stop bouncing, the perfect tool for all of your trash-heap soccer games. Even if it's stabbed with a knife, it recovers perfectly. Not even a lion could damage it. In fact, it self-adjusts to altitude and temperature, so as to play true at all times.

They're being distributed for free the world over to children in need of a good ball.

Check them out here.

Now that we have these, surely the Jabulani can be thrown into the nearest skip.