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ping-pong ping-ball

prancin’ in the dark
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…with your bat headphones on and in total darkness you prepare to do battle.

players will rely on the amplified noises made by bat and ball and the table surface to attempt to return the ball (although footfalls, expletives and grunts may help).

players are equipped with a specialised utility belt that holds vast pockets of new balls as the retrieval of dropped balls between games is impossible.

points are scored by merely returning the ball to your opponent's half of the table in any fashion possible. nets are probably unnecessary but add to the fun so we’ll keep them.

the table will likely have rubberised edges to minimise unwarranted knocks.

the doubles game is very similar but one team member gets a left ear and the other gets the right one and you would not be advised to switch places too often.

…with practice, I am sure you will become quite bat mobile.

po, Jul 26 2005

Pinging Pong Pinging_20Pong
A ping pong ball that goes ''Ping!'' when you hit it. [DesertFox, Jul 26 2005]

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       I'm practising to be able to hear topspin. +
moomintroll, Jul 26 2005
  

       Doubtless you will use ther ball specified in the idea just below this, Pinging Pong. The idea is about installing sound chips into ping pong balls so they go "PING!" when you hit them.   

       I know I know, shameless self promotion.
DesertFox, Jul 26 2005
  

       Prancing in the dark, indeed! I think Dodgeball would also be amenable, and possibly more so, to play in darkness.
DrCurry, Jul 26 2005
  

       Would make for good ninja practice. [+]
daseva, Jul 26 2005
  

       <Tries desperately to stop giggling histerically in order to type annotation>Anything that goes ping gets my bun.</TDTSGIOTTA>
dbmag9, Jul 26 2005
  

       Oh and +
DesertFox, Jul 26 2005
  

       There is a need of a solution for spectators' and tv-channels' possible minor problems but the idea of playing ping-pong ping-ball makes me feel hungry. +
BALIKEKMEK, Jul 26 2005
  

       listen via radio
po, Jul 26 2005
  

       My serve.

<sch>..<tock>.<tock>
Jinbish, Jul 26 2005
  

       Yes, this would not be the best TV sport, but on a good stereo system it could be fun.
normzone, Jul 26 2005
  

       perhaps it could be filmed using infra-red lighting.
po, Jul 27 2005
  

       I keep falling over these fucking balls
The Kat, Jul 27 2005
  

       I did think that cats could see in the dark, but hey.
DrCurry, Jul 27 2005
  

       Yeah but there everywhere
The Kat, Jul 27 2005
  

       sp: they're
po, Jul 28 2005
  

       I finally found a sport to teach my Ninja Possums!!
moPuddin, Jul 29 2005
  

       sounds fun but hard to master....i think it be easier to wear very tinted glasses and have someone on the sidelines repeatedly yell DING or rather PING....PONG
Sudok, Jul 29 2005
  

       you want easy?
po, Jul 29 2005
  

       I think this would make for hilarious TV. As po said, just use IR and the viewing audience gets to bust a gut over the ineptness of supposedly-full-grown adults behaving like very bad athletes. I'd watch this (at least once, anyway) for sure.   

       One question, though. If you were really good at mimicking the noise of the ball hitting the table could you cheat your way to becoming World Ping-Pong Ping-Ball Champion? This is exactly why I think we would need the infra-red system in place - to catch dishonest tongue-cluckers seeking the untold fame and riches that would naturally flow to a champion.   

       Or maybe I'm just farting into the breeze.
Canuck, Jul 29 2005
  

       oh, cheating! - what a wonderful thought.
po, Aug 02 2005
  

       The blind will always win...   

       ...or the immensely overweight (they could return the balls by simply stepping forward).   

       The final match could be between Stevie Wonder and a Sumo Champ. That might be enough to get me to turn on my TV.
sophocles, Aug 05 2005
  

       stevie wonder would totally win the sumo champ   

       but dont forget about mc hammer   

       cant touch this dunununu nunu nunu
seventhinline, Aug 05 2005
  

       UnsTable Tennis [+]
wagster, Aug 07 2005
  

       Ah! I see you have a machine that goes PING!
DesertFox, Nov 17 2006
  

       doesn't everyone?
po, Nov 17 2006
  

       <pa-pockpock>...
<pock>..
<pock>..
<pock>...
<pock> - <thwp> - <dddddrr>...
  

       My question is ... which side of the net did that land? I mean, it could have been either side, couldn't it?
pertinax, Apr 23 2007
  

       and it's gone on the floor now...
pertinax, Apr 23 2007
  

       ... and the cat's got it.
pertinax, Apr 23 2007
  

       Don't know how this one got past me for two years. (+) Musta had my eyes closed.   
      
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