Wednesday, October 7, 2009


Have you ever wanted to cannonball into a large body of water but didn’t feel like moving?  Do you want swimming in ponds and lakes to be at least a tiny bit interesting?  Well now you can!  Introducing the new summer sensation…blobbing!

First off, if one wishes to partake in blobbing, one must acquire a blob.  A blob is a colorful, inflated air bag that is floated into water where one person sits on one end, while another jumps onto the opposite end from a risen platform.  And if you’ve taken 3rd grade physics you can basically surmise what happens.

Like many great playthings before it, the blob once had a practical purpose.  Originally a military surplus item, the blob was used as a floating fuel tank ships could tow.  And since oil and gas float in water, it was a modest solution at one time. 

Standard blobs are approximately 10 meters (33 feet) long, and 2 meters (6 feet) wide.  The only maker of the rainbow blob in the United States is Springfield Special Products operating out of Springfield, Missouri.  While the recommended jumping height is 15 above the water surface, I’ve seen much more radical displays.  

If you’re already searching Google for a place to get one of these things you may not want to bother.   Besides the necessary maintenance products needed, a brand new 35 foot blob is going to set you back $3,850!  And if you don’t live that close, just imagine the shipping prices.

I want to know…Where do you think the most beautiful place to go blobbing on the entire Earth would be?  There doesn’t necessarily have to be water around to use a blob (Although it’s got to be a whole lot safer.).  Leave a comment and I’ll get back to you.

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