To take my mind off the death of Stax legend Isaac Hayes I proposed the following query:
>Why doesnâ€™t the Kool-Aid man shatter when he smashes through a wall with his trademarked â€˜Oh, YEAH!â€™?
Michael Truly has an answer:
Firstly, because heâ€™s made of Pyrex. Also in the 80â€™s, walls as we knew them were much softer than they are today. This has everything to do with the gradiency of sand used as mortar for said walls. 80â€™s sand from the southern half of Africa is a softer richer sand resulting in a more refined look and a verisimilitude of cohesive quality on the overall project at the expense of strength.
The quality of current sand has much declined rather like how your grandparentâ€™s still have those TVâ€™s from the forties that still work but you just had to return your flat screen to best buy last week. However this decrease in quality results in many different kinds of sands mixed together usually the most popular and cheapest. (i.e. the varieties: Cornish Brown, McAdden Pale and Corinthian White)
The mixing of these granules, unequal in size, results in a much stronger but less attractive bond. With a resistance to force of almost 3X the PPSI of 80â€™s sand!
This is why Kool-Aid Man no longer bursts through walls but rather enters nonchalantly through doors and windows while you slumber. He thinks you look so beautiful and peaceful while you sleep.
While certainly compelling, I suspect the answer may be a bit more metaphysical than that.
Post your own theories in the comments!