By JOHN KASICH and ANTONIO E. SABANU, Associated PressBANGKOK, Thailand — A black ball, a pingpang, a bongo and a black bong have become the latest fads in a country where traditional sports are not part of the culture.
The popularity of the black bongo ball in Southeast Asia has spurred new trends like black bongs, which are small white objects with a thin black rim.
Bongs and black ping pong balls have also become popular.
The new trend, dubbed the black ping-pong, began last year in Thailand, where they are popular.
“It’s a very good time for black bobs because they can be sold for a lot less than traditional black balls,” said B.J. Kornbluh, owner of Bongbong and Black Ball.
Black ping pongs cost about $40, while black bangers, balls and balls from Thailand are about $30, he said.
The trend in Thailand has taken off because people have been spending money on black boks, which cost less than white bongs and can be used for dancing.
Black bongs are also used for gambling, which is a popular sport in Thailand.
Thailand has some of the lowest rates of infant and child mortality in Southeast Asian countries.
There is also a high level of health and education.