22 June 2012 @ 10:06 am
by WHAM-O!

Man, the chemical cloud when you played with this stuff!  If I die young, this is why.

"It's just as much fun as Frisbee!"  REALLY, PLS BLEEEVE US!


Full Wham-O Catalog HERE at Jason Liebig's flickr.  (A good 20 pages or so.)
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most excellently twisted: americanafanbot on June 22nd, 2012 05:37 pm (UTC)
I loved that stuff.
plumtreeblossom: bowlingplumtreeblossom on June 22nd, 2012 06:22 pm (UTC)
I used to get that in my Christmas stocking! Wham-O made the best toys.
Amy: Young Onesafranjes on June 22nd, 2012 06:49 pm (UTC)
My god, I loved the smell of that plastic bubble stuff...
most excellently twisted: Neil Peacefanbot on June 22nd, 2012 06:52 pm (UTC)
Icon love!
Stephanielebongirl on June 23rd, 2012 05:49 am (UTC)
NEIL! I SO have the biggest crush on Neil!
Catty Feministjocelmeow on June 24th, 2012 06:10 pm (UTC)
My husband looks a lot like Neil, but has always hated people saying so because he hates hippies. He has long hair, is a vegetarian, wears Birkenstocks, and hates hippies. He tries to say that it's metal hair, not hippie hair, but I think he doth protest too much.
Stephanielebongirl on June 23rd, 2012 05:48 am (UTC)
Kiwihunterkiwihunter8 on June 22nd, 2012 07:52 pm (UTC)
I loved this stuff too. I think we had an off brand though...we could never get our bubbles really big!
franklanguagefranklanguage on June 22nd, 2012 08:57 pm (UTC)
Of course, you eventually learn you can make a Frisbee™ out of almost any round, flat object.

I was told a long time ago that the Frisbie pie company was the origin of the name "Frisbee."
Nyxalinthnyxalinth on June 22nd, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
I got some of that crap on my shirt once, and my mother bitched to high heaven for two weeks :P
spuzzlightyearspuzzlightyear on June 22nd, 2012 10:16 pm (UTC)
My parents bought this for me at my insistence, and the darn straw would always get clogged up, and/or we'd turn blue trying to blow anything into it.
Man Writing Slash: iep_spn_funny_bitchfacewrite_light on June 23rd, 2012 04:23 pm (UTC)
Billinternet_sampo on June 22nd, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
Don't use it in the house.

And not near your parent's furniture!

I learned that the hard way.
JazzyBabejazzybabe56 on June 23rd, 2012 01:39 am (UTC)
wonder if ANY of those kids are alive today after blowing up and inhaling all that caustic plastic/vinyl stuff...
Stephanielebongirl on June 23rd, 2012 05:50 am (UTC)
I would say yes, yes they are still alive. I think there are quite a few of us who played with that stuff who haven't croaked yet!
Moemm03m on June 23rd, 2012 08:33 pm (UTC)
*raises hand*
E♥: Match Game: Give to prevent trench handwhoseline_wlsc on June 23rd, 2012 02:25 am (UTC)
I got a set of that stuff for Christmas one year. I couldn't get it to work. I never got balloons that big!
Furnace Chantfurnacechant on June 23rd, 2012 05:00 am (UTC)
Oh, I loved that stuff! It was stinky and probably toxic as hell, though! And you didn't ever want to smoosh one of those bubbles on carpet, it was worse to clean up than chewing gum.
Heatherbitterflower on June 23rd, 2012 05:04 am (UTC)
My sister and I had some in the mid-eighties. We got some blue bubble plastic on a few bricks of the side our white house.
It was there when our mom sold the house in 2002. Durable stuff, it should be used to make buildings structurally sound.
mjspicemjspice on June 23rd, 2012 09:57 am (UTC)
Good grief, it's a running gag: yay! (WK)lady_ganesh on June 24th, 2012 02:19 am (UTC)
It was MAGIC. It smelled terrible and was a weird rubber-like thing that came out of a tube, and it made these semi-permanent bubbles (like so). Was like a weird cross between blowing soap bubbles and blowing gum bubbles.
Good grief, it's a running gaglady_ganesh on June 24th, 2012 02:17 am (UTC)
That stuff was the BEST. Cancer schmancer.
kip_wkip_w on June 24th, 2012 02:58 am (UTC)
I just remember the ads. It was one of those hideous things where a sappy female voice would say something (in that "oooh, kiddies, isn't this the most wonderful fing ever?" tone) and then a bunch of kid voices would shout "Super Elastic Bubble Plastic!" And then the voice would say another phrase, and they'd all shout again. All through the ad.

Even though I bought a version of this stuff at Ben Franklin (and learned just how lame it was, at least the kind I got), I wouldn't buy anything I saw advertised that way. (I'M LOOKING AT YOU, 'HOPPITY HOP'!) Every now and then somebody revives this awful advertising technique, alas.
Geek Queen: bblade tyson powerglare1geek_queen on June 24th, 2012 11:50 pm (UTC)
I want to try that stuff out, at some point.
-wonderwonder on June 25th, 2012 12:18 am (UTC)
YOU GUYS, you can still get off-brand versions of this stuff if you root around the Crummy Toys aisle at any small town, rinkydink drugstore. Any Ohioans out there? Drug Mart has it. And yes, it still smells awesomely/hideously like acetone and rubber.
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