This is somewhere between the sort of story problem you would find on the SAT and in The Onion's old "Cultural Idiocy" quizzes (I was recently reminded of the old CI feature because, 20 years ago, my friends and I used to do them together at the campus-area bar where we all hung out).
Can you identify the set to which all of these items belong?
Ping Pong Ball
I'll bet that Tim Morrissey gets it first.
Thugs Riot In London
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