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Faceball (tagline: "Your face, Our balls") is a two-player game where each player takes an inflated beach ball and throws it at the opponent's head. It was popularized in March 2007 by John Allspaw and Dunstan Orchard while they were working at the San Francisco, California offices of Flickr.[1][2][3][4][5][6]


Opponents sit 10 feet apart, and one player throws balls at the other (who sits still and does not flinch) until the thrower misses, at which point the other player gets their turn.[7][8] A game consists of such rounds, where the final score is the number of successful hits scored by a player on their opponent.[1]


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  2. ^ Martin, Allen (2007-08-17). "'Faceball' Craze Hitting Cubicles Around The Globe". KPIX-TV. Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  3. ^ "This is Faceball". Yodel Anecdotal. 2007-08-13. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  4. ^ "Faceball craze hits nation's faces, balls". Metro. 2007-09-03. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  5. ^ Travis, Clay (2007-08-08). "ClayNation: Put your best face-ball forward". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2009-07-27. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Carlson, Nicholas (2008-04-18). "Why is Yahoo cofounder David Filo getting hit by a ball? Faceball, that's why!". Valleywag. Archived from the original on 2012-10-05. Retrieved 2009-07-27. 
  7. ^ "Smile, You're on Faceball Camera". Wired Magazine. 2007-08-01. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 
  8. ^ "Forget Facebook, Faceball is the latest office craze". Daily Mail. 2007-09-03. Retrieved 2007-10-10. 

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