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Annette Funicello's Beach Ball
Beach Ball

Origin

Annette Funicello

Type

Beach Ball

Effects

Creates sand

Downsides

None

Activation

Bouncing

Section

Out and About List

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OriginEdit

Annette Funicello was an American actress and singer. Funicello began her professional career as a child performer at the age of twelve. She rose to prominence as one of the most popular "Mouseketeers" on the original Mickey Mouse Club. As a teenager, she transitioned to a successful career as a singer with the pop singles "O Dio Mio," "Tall Paul" and "Pineapple Princess", as well as establishing herself as a film actress, popularizing the successful "Beach Party" genre alongside co-star Frankie Avalon during the mid-1960s.

It was mentioned in passing by Pete in th episode "3...2...1".

EffectsEdit

Encompassing that "beach party" atmosphere, this ball is known to seek out fun times by the sea. And if it can't find any, it's more than content to make its own. Whenever the ball lands on a solid surface, it transmutes it into fine beach-quality sand. The effects have a bit of a splash zone, but don't affect living organisms. It does, however, affect clothing, and being hit by the ball has a habit of leaving the poor victim in their undergarments. Perfect for a quick dip in the waves.

CollectionEdit

The ball has yet to be collected. It never stays in the same place for long, and whenever it does it is usually at a beach party where it's effects go mostly un-noticed. Reports first surfaced in the early 70s around Florida and continued until the ball was last seen at a 1985 Spring Break rave.

Seemingly satiated by the energy enough to keep it quiet for several years, activity picked up again in '92 when Annette Funicello announced her MS publicly. This was what gave the Warehouse a clue as to the artifact's origin, and the ball kept up a steady stream of appearances. Every time it is spotted, it's vanished on the wind by the time agents arrive.

In 2013 there were fears that the artifact would act out in light of Funicello's passing, but nothing came in. There have been only three sightings since then. Artie suspects the artiact may be "depressed" and more susceptible to capture.

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