My neighbor, the honorable Honest Andy, is the inventor of the (now popular) Iron Man Medicine Ball Set. He’s responsible for the three ball, $98.99 with carrying case exercise set.

I used to peek over the fence and see Honest Andy slaving away with his wet clays, sculpting each medicine ball to the perfect size, weight and dimensions. He works in a full three-piece suit, even in the depths of August.

He created the Medicine Ball Set not out of a love of physical fitness, but out of a desire for family.

The Poppa Ball, Momma Ball, and Baby Ball of the set stand in for the family he never had the courage to pursue in real life.

Each night, while I’m sitting in total silence in the dark, I can hear him in his living room repeatedly apologizing to each of the original Iron Man Medicine Balls, still set up in medicine ball-sized rocking chairs.

However, I don’t believe the rumors that he’s fashioned little hair pieces for each ball.

Chris Weagel

Chris Weagel writes about the intersection of technology and parenting for Wired Magazine. No he doesn't. He can't stand that shit.

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