The Magic 8 Ball is best known as a toy used for fortune-telling or seeking advice, manufactured by Mattel and developed in the 1950s. It’s often used in fiction, often for humor related to it giving very accurate, very inaccurate, or otherwise statistically improbable answers. Now this is what it looks like inside. As you can see, there’s a cylindrical reservoir containing a white, plastic, icosahedral die floating in alcohol with dissolved dark blue dye. Continue reading for more random, yet interesting, things that aren’t what you expected.