Last year I was in a pit sectional and we were messing around with our marimba mallets -always a good idea, especially when we only had enough pairs for each of us. Our section leader (senior) that year bragged that he broke a total of 10 mallets his high school career. A sophomore went “I can do it too!” and hit his mallets together as a joke. No one expected them to snap that way, since we’ve been doing it to keep time with our music. They snapped perfectly in half. It’s an inside joke now.