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The Magic 8(26) Ball Challenge

September 17, 2021

PIctured is a magic 8 ball with the spot where the number 8 usually goes replaced with the blue logo for 826 Boston

Do you find yourself wondering about the future and wish you could get a sign from the universe?

Well, look no further because the Magic 8(26) Ball Challenge is here to help!

Find insight into what lies ahead with the mystical power of books—all while supporting young writers!

Here’s how the #Magic826Ball Challenge works:

  1. Pick one of your favorite books. Go to page 8, line 26, chapter 8, line 26, paragraph 8, word 26 (or any combination of the numbers 826 that resonates with you).
  2. Read the passage aloud to discover the truth of what the future has in store for you. Is it a good omen? Is it a new challenge for you? The interpretations are endless!
  3. Share your future with the world. Take a photo or a video of your passage and post it to your social media channels (and don’t forget to tag 826 Boston).
  4. Tag your friends and family to join in the fun, and then donate to 826 Boston to support the future of young writers in Boston.

Still wondering what it looks like in practice? Luckily, 826 Boston’s AmeriCorps Volunteer Engagement Specialist Mark Gartsbeyn is ready to share his fortune with everyone!

Mark holds up the hitchhikers gesture while holding a copy of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

Mark used a pocket paperback of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

He chose chapter 8, line 26 which reads: “The simple truth is that interstellar distances will not fit into the human imagination.”

Mark’s interpretation: “Serving at 826 Boston this following year is as good a reminder as any to stay humble and lift up the people around me. After all, the universe is a whole lot bigger than I am.”

We’re aiming to raise $5,000 by October 1 to help 826 Boston continue providing free writing and tutoring for students across the city. Thank you for your support!

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