Of course, when football was first invented, it was probably played using sheep bladders wrapped in velvet cloaks, or old fishermen skulls.
But as with any popular day-to-day object, it has been continually reinvented by science, and it's now evolved from a big brown leather deadweight, through nice black and white hexagonal patterns, to becoming things like "aerodynamic", and "sensual".
In the above clip, some university eggheads explain just what is so damn special about the new World Cup version of a simple everyday football.
This post, written by Josh Burt, is republished with permission from The Spoiler. Go there often if you like soccer stuff.