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* In Harry Turtledove's ''The Valley-Westside War'', it is strongly implied that the Valley's king consults one of these to decide whether to go to war with the Westside and ultimately chooses to do so. FridgeHorror, especially when you consider that the 8-ball is significantly more likely to give an affirmative response than a negative one.

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* In Harry Turtledove's ''The ''[[Literature/CrosstimeTraffic The Valley-Westside War'', War]]'', it is strongly implied that the Valley's king consults one of these to decide whether to go to war with the Westside and ultimately chooses to do so. FridgeHorror, especially when you consider that the 8-ball is significantly more likely to give an affirmative response than a negative one.


* Woody consults one in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', hoping that Andy would take him to Pizza Planet since he's only allowed to bring one toy. The result: "Don't count on it".

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* Woody consults one in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', hoping that Andy would take him to Pizza Planet since he's only allowed to bring one toy. The result: "Don't "[[SnarkyInanimateObject Don't count on it".it]]".


* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'' when Ross is faced with either divorce or cutting Rachel out of his life he resorts to consulting an 8-ball. His friends think the idea is ludicrous (except for Phoebe), but they can't come up with anything better. It keeps displaying the "ask again later" message.

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* On ''Series/{{Friends}}'' when Ross is faced with either divorce or cutting Rachel out of his life he resorts to consulting an 8-ball. His friends think the idea is ludicrous (except for Phoebe), but they can't come up with anything better. It When it keeps displaying the "ask again later" message.message Ross gets mad and assumes it's broken so Monica decides to test it.
-->'''Monica:''' Will [[SecretRelationship Chandler have sex tonight]]? (''turns over the ball'') "Don't count on it". Seems like it works to me.

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* In the first installment of ''Series/TheColbertReport'' segment "Stephen Colbert's Bears and Balls" (parodying Jim Cramer's Mad Money and its reliance on sound effects buttons), Colbert's giant red button only had four phrases, "Yes!", "No!", "Ask again later," and "We'll be right back!"


** The Magic Conch Shell.

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** The "Club Spongebob" has the Magic Conch Shell.Shell, a toy with a pull string that answers questions. Squidward is skeptical of the advice, especially when he, Spongebob, and Patrick get lost in a kelp forest and it tells them to do "nothing".

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* A magical magic 8-ball is used to communicate with a ghost in ''Literature/TheTrialsOfApollo''. This ghost cannot speak because he's missing a head, and touchy about being illiterate, so communicates with an 8-ball that occasionally shows what he wants to say.


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* Woody consults one in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', hoping that Andy would take him to Pizza Planet since he's only allowed to bring one toy. The result: "Don't count on it".
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* Woody consulted one in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', hoping that Andy would take him to Pizza Planet since he's only allowed to bring one toy. The result: [[spoiler: "Don't count on it"]]

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* Woody consulted one Used by a player in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', hoping that Andy would take him the 1994 version of ''Film/AngelsInTheOutfield'' in an attempt to Pizza Planet since he's only allowed to bring one toy. The result: [[spoiler: "Don't count get a prediction on it"]]the outcome of the upcoming game. He hastily re-shakes it when it initially comes up negative.



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* Used by a player in the 1994 version of ''Film/AngelsInTheOutfield'' in an attempt to get a prediction on the outcome of the upcoming game. He hastily re-shakes it when it initially comes up negative.
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* Magic 8-Balls are in ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'', but there's a more powerful variant in the Magic Cue Ball, which gives perfect answers but has no window through which to see them. Vriska has an addiction to breaking actual Magic 8 Balls.

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* Magic 8-Balls are in ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Homestuck}}'', but there's a more powerful variant in the Magic Cue Ball, which gives perfect answers but has no window through which to see them. Vriska has an addiction to breaking actual Magic 8 Balls.

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* The webcomic ''Safely Endangered'' features a two-panel strip where a person asks his Magic 8-Ball if he's stupid. The second panel reveals that he's holding a bowling ball.


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* Woody consulted one in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', hoping that Andy would take him to Pizza Planet since he's only allowed to bring one toy. The result: [[spoiler: "Don't count on it"]]

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* Woody consulted one in ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', hoping Fateball from the ''ComicBook/TheCraptacularBSides'' gets her name from her 8-ball that Andy would take him to Pizza Planet since he's only allowed to bring one toy. The result: [[spoiler: "Don't count on it"]]accurately tells the future with the occasional bit of snark.



* Used by a player in the 1994 version of ''Film/AngelsInTheOutfield'' in an attempt to get a prediction on the outcome of the upcoming game. He hastily re-shakes it when it initially comes up negative.

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* Used by a player Woody consulted one in the 1994 version of ''Film/AngelsInTheOutfield'' in an attempt ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', hoping that Andy would take him to get a prediction Pizza Planet since he's only allowed to bring one toy. The result: [[spoiler: "Don't count on the outcome of the upcoming game. He hastily re-shakes it when it initially comes up negative.it"]]


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* Used by a player in the 1994 version of ''Film/AngelsInTheOutfield'' in an attempt to get a prediction on the outcome of the upcoming game. He hastily re-shakes it when it initially comes up negative.
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surprised]].]]


->''"The only antidote to the loneliness of the streets was the streets themselves."''
-->-- '''Orhan Pamuk'''

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->''"The only antidote to the loneliness of the streets was the streets themselves."''
-->-- '''Orhan Pamuk'''


* ''WebComic/PennyArcade'' has an interesting subversion in the Magic Hate Ball. See it [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2001/01/17/ here.]]

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* ''WebComic/PennyArcade'' ''Webcomic/PennyArcade'' has an interesting subversion in the Magic Hate Ball. See it [[http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/2001/01/17/ here.]]]]
* In Level 8 of ''Webcomic/RustyAndCo'' the "8-bit 8-ball" is an artifact that predicts the future. It's easy to identify as a powerful magic item, since its mere presence makes the comic's picture all around it getting low-resolution, as in an 8-bit picture. [[VisualPun It is artifacting.]]
* ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'': When given the choice between [[ScrappyMechanic a high-level Incarnum user]], fortune cookies and a magic 8-ball to perform a divination, Redcloak orders to bring the cookies and keep the 8-ball on standby.





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* Inspired by the then current Miss Cleo infotainment ads, ''WebVideo/TheFundayPawpetShow'''s Herbie started having interview guests "Ask a question of Magic 8-Ball" at the end of interviews.

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* Inspired by the then current Miss Cleo infotainment ads, ''WebVideo/TheFundayPawpetShow'''s Herbie started having interview guests "Ask a question of Magic 8-Ball" at the end of interviews.

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'''Puddy:'''' ''[points at the back of his jacket]'' All signs point to yes.

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'''Puddy:'''' '''Puddy:''' ''[points at the back of his jacket]'' All signs point to yes.



--> '''Ted:''' "Ask again later. OH GOD WHY WOULD I SAY THAT?"

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--> '''Ted:''' "Ask -->'''Ted:''' Ask again later. OH GOD WHY WOULD I SAY THAT?"THAT?






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* Magic 8-Balls are in ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'', but there's a more powerful variant in the Magic Cue Ball, which gives perfect answers but has no window through which to see them.
** Vriska has an addiction to breaking actual Magic 8 Balls.

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* Magic 8-Balls are in ''WebComic/{{Homestuck}}'', but there's a more powerful variant in the Magic Cue Ball, which gives perfect answers but has no window through which to see them.
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them. Vriska has an addiction to breaking actual Magic 8 Balls.



* The Foolamancer from ''WebComic/{{Erfworld}}'', Jack, wields a staff topped by a Magic 8-Ball, and occasionally consults it. He has also referenced the lines used by it when asked a question.

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* The Foolamancer from ''WebComic/{{Erfworld}}'', ''Webcomic/{{Erfworld}}'', Jack, wields a staff topped by a Magic 8-Ball, and occasionally consults it. He has also referenced the lines used by it when asked a question.






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* WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants had the Magic Conch Shell.

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* WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants had Inspired by the then-current Miss Cleo infotainment ads, ''WebVideo/TheFundayPawpetShow'''s Herbie started having interview guests "Ask a question of Magic 8-Ball" at the end of interviews.
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* ''WesternAnimation/SpongeBobSquarePants'':
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': Milhouse gets a Magic 8-Ball for his birthday.
-->'''Bart:''' Cool! An oversized novelty billiard ball!
-->'''Milhouse:''' Yeah, you shake it up and it tells the future![[note]]Shaking the Magic 8-Ball is actually not recommended, as air bubbles can distort the answer that is displayed.[[/note]]
-->'''Bart:''' Really?
-->'''Milhouse:''' Uh huh.
-->'''Bart:''' ''[takes it]'' Will I pass my English test? ''[shakes it, reads]'' "Outlook not so good." Wow, it '''does''' work!

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* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'': ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
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Milhouse gets a Magic 8-Ball for his birthday.
-->'''Bart:''' --->'''Bart:''' Cool! An oversized novelty billiard ball!
-->'''Milhouse:'''
ball!\\
'''Milhouse:'''
Yeah, you shake it up and it tells the future![[note]]Shaking the Magic 8-Ball is actually not recommended, as air bubbles can distort the answer that is displayed.[[/note]]
-->'''Bart:''' Really?
-->'''Milhouse:'''
[[/note]]\\
'''Bart:''' Really?\\
'''Milhouse:'''
Uh huh.
-->'''Bart:'''
huh.\\
'''Bart:'''
''[takes it]'' Will I pass my English test? ''[shakes it, reads]'' "Outlook not so good." Wow, it '''does''' work!



-->'''Norb''': Dag, get my hammer.
-->'''Dag''': Ball-peen or framing?
-->'''Norb''': Both.
-->'''Dag''': Indeed.

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-->'''Norb''': -->'''Norb:''' Dag, get my hammer.
-->'''Dag''':
hammer.\\
'''Dag:'''
Ball-peen or framing?
-->'''Norb''': Both.
-->'''Dag''':
framing?\\
'''Norb:''' Both.\\
'''Dag:'''
Indeed.




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->''"The only antidote to the loneliness of the streets was the streets themselves."''
-->-- '''Orhan Pamuk'''


In reality, a magic 8 ball is a classic toy. You would ask it a question, then flip it over and a random response would come up in the window built into it. As a result, there are various uses of the possible responses involved, as well as of the 8 ball itself. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_8_ball The details and phrases involved can be found on]] Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}.

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In reality, a magic 8 ball is a classic toy.toy consisting of a hollow plastic sphere containing blue liquid and a 20-sided die with different phrases printed on the sides. You would ask it a question, then flip it over and a random response would come up in the window built into it. As a result, there are various uses of the possible responses involved, as well as of the 8 ball itself. [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_8_ball The details and phrases involved can be found on]] Wiki/{{Wikipedia}}.

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