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5 things you didnít know about Silly Putty
Yahoo.com ^ | 04/25/2012 | Mike Smith

Posted on 04/25/2012 8:53:37 PM PDT by Silentgypsy

Cracking open its egg-shaped packaging, exploring its bizarre, mushy properties, and inevitably leaving it on top of the heater and letting it melt all over the carpet, playing with Silly Putty is a rite of passage for every child.

But there's an impressive amount of history, chemistry, and trivia behind these odd, polymer nuggets -- and a few surprising facts.

It was a war-time accident.

World War II, in fact.

(Excerpt) Read more at games.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Hobbies; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: napl; recreation; relaxation; toys
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Article includes recipe for made-at-home silly-putty-type product.
1 posted on 04/25/2012 8:53:45 PM PDT by Silentgypsy
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To: Silentgypsy

One of the few things that does not taste like chicken.


2 posted on 04/25/2012 8:54:46 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy (Like Emmett Till, Trayvon Martin has become simply a stick with which to beat Whites.)
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To: Silentgypsy

I’d rather have a Slinky


3 posted on 04/25/2012 8:56:34 PM PDT by ken5050 (The ONLY reason to support Mitt: The Mormon Tabernacle Choir will appear at the WH each Christmas)
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To: ken5050
I was always fascinated by oobleck.

/johnny

4 posted on 04/25/2012 9:04:10 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: ClearCase_guy
One of the few things that does not taste like chicken.

I love a good sense of humour. Good one.

5 posted on 04/25/2012 9:05:46 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Silentgypsy

I really don’t remember it being that much fun to play with. Kinda’ boring after only a couple minutes.


6 posted on 04/25/2012 9:05:52 PM PDT by Bullish
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To: Silentgypsy

Now that newspapers and the funny pages are hollow shells, silly putty has lost a lot of its luster.

It was cool to pick up images and “photoshop” them with silly putty


7 posted on 04/25/2012 9:08:20 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Bullish
I really don’t remember it being that much fun to play with. Kinda’ boring after only a couple minutes.

That's just because you did not pretend it was food and then feed it to your little baby brother!

8 posted on 04/25/2012 9:09:17 PM PDT by gunsequalfreedom (Conservative is not a label of convenience. It is a guide to your actions.)
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To: Silentgypsy

It is still available and still sold? Who knew?


9 posted on 04/25/2012 9:12:03 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Silentgypsy

BTW my friends wife Dr. Carolyn Sumners, Made quite a good living selecting toys for space shuttle crews to conduct serious physics experiments with in space.

She selected stuff based on physics.
They had fun while they made notes on experiments.

Ohh...Silly Putty in Space...


10 posted on 04/25/2012 9:14:33 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
It was cool to pick up images and “photoshop” them with silly putty

That was probably my favorite thing to do with Silly Putty. That, and stretch it out thin, and then "snap" it. Loved that sound.

11 posted on 04/25/2012 9:14:57 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: gunsequalfreedom
That's just because you did not pretend it was food and then feed it to your little baby brother

HEY!!! I WAS the little baby brother.

12 posted on 04/25/2012 9:15:31 PM PDT by Bullish
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To: gunsequalfreedom

I really don’t remember it being that much fun to play with. Kinda’ boring after only a couple minutes.


That’s just because you did not pretend it was food and then feed it to your little baby brother!

LOL I did just that. I was about 6 and he was about 4. Two tastes was all he wanted.


13 posted on 04/25/2012 9:16:45 PM PDT by unkus (Silence Is Consent)
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To: Silentgypsy

Holy sh*t! I just read the article!

Carolyn probably put silly putty in space!

The objective was two fold.
To relieve boredom and to conduct legitimate experiments.


14 posted on 04/25/2012 9:17:57 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Slings and Arrows

This thread has potential, and not a ping in sight.


15 posted on 04/25/2012 9:18:13 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: sockmonkey
Silly putty was fun.
Everything was fun when I was a kid. ☺
16 posted on 04/25/2012 9:21:57 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Silentgypsy; Slings and Arrows
What does a pile of 250 POUNDS OF SILLY PUTTY look like? How does it act?

Answer here:

http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2005/12/im-feeling-silly.html#!/2005/12/im-feeling-silly.html
Awesome pics and funny story.
17 posted on 04/25/2012 9:22:42 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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To: Silentgypsy

It’s tasteless gum that never loses it flavor.


18 posted on 04/25/2012 9:22:46 PM PDT by Doomonyou (Let them eat Lead.)
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To: Silentgypsy

Whoa.

19 posted on 04/25/2012 9:26:08 PM PDT by dayglored (Listen, strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government!)
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gLDyj4O31U


20 posted on 04/25/2012 9:28:07 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Silentgypsy

Pretty yucky when you got hair in it.


21 posted on 04/25/2012 9:28:55 PM PDT by right way right (What's it gonna take?)
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To: ken5050
I’d rather have a Slinky

Yeah, except that they make 'em out of plastic now and they don't work worth diddly.

22 posted on 04/25/2012 9:31:32 PM PDT by norton (I will transmit this information to Vladimir.)
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To: Bullish

“I really don’t remember it being that much fun to play with. Kinda’ boring after only a couple minutes.”

Did you try putting it on your little sister’s nose while she was napping and then tell here nose was getting big when she woke up?


23 posted on 04/25/2012 9:32:25 PM PDT by ThomasThomas ("Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!")
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To: mylife
Everything was fun when I was a kid.

Now it's all labeled "known to cause cancer in the state of California". I also used to like to run behind the vapor clouds of the ddt trucks, and play with mercury..It was so slicky, slithery, amazing.

And no, we were supposed to go in the house when the ddt trucks cruised through the wherry housing, but what fun is that?

24 posted on 04/25/2012 9:38:53 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: sockmonkey

We used to make this stuff from gasoline and styrofoam that was like silly putty in some regards, but was highly flammable.

We called it “blob materiel”

No one was ever hurt, some eyebrows were singed...


25 posted on 04/25/2012 9:43:34 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ClearCase_guy

Maybe with a cartoon of Foghorn Leghorn..........


26 posted on 04/25/2012 9:44:19 PM PDT by F15Eagle (1 John 5:4-5, 4:15, 5:13; John 3:17-18, 6:69, 11:25, 14:6, 20:31; Rom10:8-11; 1 Tim 2:5; Titus 3:4-5)
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To: norton

“Yeah, except that they make ‘em out of plastic now and they don’t work worth diddly.”

LOL! That makes ANOTHER great punchline to the “slinkys are like liberals, pretty worthless but fun to push down the stairs once-in-awhile”.


27 posted on 04/25/2012 9:44:19 PM PDT by 21twelve
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To: 21twelve

That there is funny!


28 posted on 04/25/2012 9:45:14 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: dayglored; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
The direct ancestor of Happy Fun Ball.


29 posted on 04/25/2012 9:51:04 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

30 posted on 04/25/2012 9:53:43 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife
"We used to make this stuff from gasoline and styrofoam that was like silly putty in some regards, but was highly flammable."

We put together something like that when we were kids. That damn stuff burned for something like 2 days! Water just seemed to make it mad. lol

31 posted on 04/25/2012 9:55:47 PM PDT by KoRn (Department of Homeland Security, Certified - "Right Wing Extremist")
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To: norton; ken5050

Let’s see.

Slinky or Silly Putty?

Silly Putty really doesn’t do much when you push it down the stairs.

Unlike Slinky.

And Liberals.


32 posted on 04/25/2012 9:57:25 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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To: KoRn

You are firmly in my camp of childhood and adulthood


33 posted on 04/25/2012 9:59:57 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Slings and Arrows

The most unfair thing about life is the way it ends. I mean, life is tough. It takes up a lot of your time. What do you get at the end of it? A Death! What’s that, a bonus? I think the life cycle is all backwards. You should die first, get it out of the way. Then you live in an old age home. You get kicked out when you’re too young, you get a gold watch, you go to work. You work forty years until you’re young enough to enjoy your retirement. You do drugs, alcohol, you party, you get ready for high school. You go to grade school, you become a kid, you play, you have no responsibilities, you become a little baby, you go back into the womb, you spend your last nine months floating …and you finish off as an orgasm.” ― George Carlin

34 posted on 04/25/2012 10:04:12 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: norton

Steel slinkys are still available. You can find them on Amazon, at least.


35 posted on 04/25/2012 10:05:25 PM PDT by Little Pig (Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici.)
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To: Daffynition
Its a happy ending ☺
36 posted on 04/25/2012 10:07:28 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Silentgypsy

Wait until Silly-Putty gets enmeshed in your daughter’s hair. Next to impossible to get out.


37 posted on 04/25/2012 10:09:27 PM PDT by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: ken5050
I’d rather have a Slinky

You know, there's a lot in common between a liberal and a slinky -- they're not much good for anything but they sure are fun to watch when you push them down the stairs. :=)

38 posted on 04/25/2012 10:31:15 PM PDT by Bob
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To: mylife

We told you not to taunt Happy Fun Ball.


39 posted on 04/25/2012 10:31:36 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Daffynition

Napalm, please.


40 posted on 04/25/2012 10:32:34 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have Ingsoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Slings and Arrows

Seriously!


41 posted on 04/25/2012 10:33:52 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Silentgypsy

Never seen it, what is sily putty?


42 posted on 04/25/2012 10:34:14 PM PDT by dalereed
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To: sockmonkey

I used to play with mercury too. Wouldn’t last too long, though - it tended to disappear in the cracks in the floor.

And we used to have a high old time using the long school break to blow up fish with quarter dynamite sticks :).


43 posted on 04/25/2012 10:34:34 PM PDT by Hardraade (http://junipersec.wordpress.com (nobody gives me warheads anyway))
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To: Hardraade
Hey,what I did with my high school chemistry back in my day would get me labeled a terrorist by today's standard.
44 posted on 04/25/2012 10:42:02 PM PDT by oyez ( Yomomacare going done once, going down twice, going---..)
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To: oyez

Iodine and ammonia come to mind


45 posted on 04/25/2012 10:42:58 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Silentgypsy

Fun with a super cooled liquid which was replaced by beer in college.


46 posted on 04/25/2012 10:46:50 PM PDT by oyez ( Yomomacare going done once, going down twice, going---..)
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To: mylife; Slings and Arrows

47 posted on 04/25/2012 11:16:55 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: Silentgypsy; Revolting cat!; Slings and Arrows
The last valuable use of print media.

I want this for the new balloting system if we are going to only have silly candidates.

48 posted on 04/25/2012 11:18:08 PM PDT by a fool in paradise (Barack Obama continued to sponsor Jeremiah Wright after he said "G.D. AMERIKKA!"Where's the outrage?)
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To: Bob

**there’s a lot in common between a liberal and a slinky — they’re not much good for anything but they sure are fun to watch when you push them down the stairs.**

It’s almost Zen-like: “Only when you can be extremely pliable and soft can you be extremely hard and strong.”
~ Zen proverb


49 posted on 04/25/2012 11:21:13 PM PDT by Daffynition (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: mylife

Ha. What you called “blob materiel” is also known as napalm!


50 posted on 04/26/2012 12:16:23 AM PDT by Boogieman
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