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Admit it. At some point you've based a life decision on a Magic 8 Ball answer. Marketed as the "Home Miracle Fortune Teller," the Magic 8 Ball hit toy stores in the 1950s. Its creator, Albert C. Carter, said he was inspired by his clairvoyant mother, who asked "spirits" questions to look deep into the future. You can still buy an 8 Ball or download the app on iPhone. So, will the 8 Ball be around for years to come? Signs point to — yes. — Photo by James Worrell

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