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May 25, 2009


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Wonderful! I sometimes think we could find all the wisdom we need in Auden. Thanks.

Thanks for a funny, warm post. And thanks for reminding me about all the wonderful Wham-O products that somehow didn't kill me in my childhood.

Does anyone else remember Wham-O's Super-Elastic Bubble Plastic? The stuff you were supposed to blow through a tube, and it would create a big plastic bubble at the end that you could bat around like a balloon? I never could get it to work - my bubbles always had holes in them, and they were never as big as the ones in the commercial. provides a partial list of the Wham-O products. It's sheer poetry:

Air Blaster
Air Darts
Backyard Obstacle Course
Bubble Thing
Dart Guns
Dragon-Fire Roller Racer
Frisbee Gift Set
Frisbee Horseshoes
Frisbee Bowling
Fun Fountain
Giant Comics
Great White Shark Teeth
Hacky Sack Kicker
Home Driving Range
Huf 'N Puf Blow Gun
Hula Hoop
Jay Ward Bendees
Lawn Fishing
Liar's Poker
Limbo - Chubby Checker
Limbo Party Kit
Magic Sand / Magic Window
Monster Bubbles Tray & Hoop
Monster Magnets
Practice Ball
Roller Racer Sit Skate
Shrink Machine
Silly String
Slip 'n Slide
Super Baseball
Super Dice
Super Foam Machine
Super Golfball
Super Gorilla Magnet
Super Looper
Super Sneaky Squirtin' Stick
Super Stuff
Trac Ball
Water Wiggle
Wham-It Game
Wheelie Bars - Ed Roth Artwork
Willy Water Bug
Wooden Slingshot
Zillion Bubbles Dip N Sweep

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