Amusing Monday: Looking for fun in a glass ball

Thousands of snow globes have been produced since the 1800s, when the first ones were brought out for public display in the 1800s. Today, it’s easy to find these little glass balls filled with fluid, especially at Christmas, and many globes feature Santa Claus and snowmen.

According to Wikipedia, at least five companies began producing snow globes throughout Europe soon after they became a popular item at the Paris Universal Expo of 1878.

In the early 1920s, snow globes were brought to the United States, where many of the early ones were produced by Atlas Crystal Works. The first U.S. patent was issued in 1927 to Joseph Garaja of Pittsburgh, Penn., and during the 1940s these attractive objects were used in advertising.

While snow globes are displayed in many gift stores as potential Christmas presents, don’t try to board a plane in possession of a tiny glass ball filled with unidentified liquid. The Transportation Security Administration has posted signs warning travelers that the glass objects cannot go with you unless you place them in your checked baggage. See “We Know Memes” for a photo of the warning sign.

I’ve searched the Internet for amusing snow globes, but I’ve barely touched the surface of what is available. Originally from Kansas, I got a kick out of one with a moving tornado from the Wizard of Oz.

Other examples follow. Please tell me what you think and send along links or photos of any other globes that you have found to be interesting, stupid or otherwise noteworthy.

Leg lamp from “A Christmas Story”

Hey Diddle Diddle


Good-bye Kitty

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