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The Cornballer, invented by George Bluth in the mid-1970s, is a device used to make cornballs. He attempted to market the device in partnership with Richard Simmons.

It was made illegal after it was found to cause serious burns, however George continued to market it in Mexico. It cost $29.95 in the U.S. and 1375.99 Pesos in Mexico. ("Bringing Up Buster")


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Michael eats a cornball in "Staff Infection"

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In Maggie's house in "Altar Egos"

  • The Cornballer is first introduced in "Bringing Up Buster".
  • Michael can be seen eating a Cornball while driving alongside his son in the beginning of "Staff Infection".
  • Maggie Lizer has a Cornballer in her house in "Altar Egos".
  • George Bluth is wanted in Mexico for the sale of the dangerous Cornballer, as seen in "The One Where They Build a House" and "¡Amigos!".
  • A Spanish version of the Cornballer commercial is seen in "The One Where They Build a House" and "¡Amigos!". The Spanish dubbing purposely mistranslates what the characters were saying. Translated back into English, the dubbers are saying:
    • Host: "Oh, they're delicious!"
    • George Bluth: "That's true!"
    • Host: "I'm crazy for cornballs!"
  • When Michael works in the supply closet of the Bluth Company offices in "¡Amigos!" a Cornballer and Cornball mix can be seen on the shelves.
  • George is nicknamed the "Frito Bandito" by a Mexican political cartoon in the newspaper El Guardian in "Good Grief". The Frito Bandito was a culturally insensitive mascot used to sell Fritos corn chips from 1967 to 1971.
  • In "Righteous Brothers" Oscar burns his fingers on The Cornballer, trying to save Buster from burning his fake hand. When Oscar is incarcerated as George, he is unable to use his fingerprints to verify his identity.
  • In "Everyone Gets Atrophy" George Michael uses The Cornballer
  • In "An Old Start", an extra mentions that he could affort buying a house from the money he got out of a Cornballer class action suit.