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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 12:40 PM
I saw that this year, Wham-O's ubiquitous product turns 50. The history of the flying disc goes back farther to the 30's, I think, when Yale students flung pie tins from the Frisbie Pie Co. The first formal name was the Pluto Platter, and it's originator sold out to Wham-O in '57. I loved the Frisbee in college, and had a GPA to prove it. I am a devout Frisbeterian, our core belief being that when you pass, your soul goes up on the roof and you can't get it down. I can't imagine a negative post regarding this great product.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 01:14 PM
I used to play a LOT of Frisbee when I still lived in IN. Me and my best friend would kill HOURS throwing back and forth. All the running involved is probably why I only weighed 170 # back then. As soon as I moved to GA and quit playing, I got big as a house.

My 19 year old daughter has recently discovered Frisbee, and the other day, she and I threw for a while in the back yard. It was a great way for us to spend some one on one time together.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 01:16 PM
My how time flies, with all the access to wind tunnels the frisbbee has changed very little, I hoping they make one in carbon fiber. Didn't Wham-O make the slinky too? If you really want to have fun put a slinky on an escalator.




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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 01:20 PM
i love frisbee, and frolf!

we used to play with mudbucket lids (usg buckets of drywall mud). you miss one of them and catch it on your nose you knew it!

pretty much one of the few 'sports' i'm good at.

cracks me up seeing peeps on the disk golf courses (FROLF) with all the different disks and stuff. just give me one of those big glow in the dark wham-o's and i'm good to go!

 

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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 01:24 PM
I used a frisbee this past weekend to play goon toss! In short you have two teams with 2 people. You place 2 half filled cups with water 5 feet apart that is your goal. 50 feet away the other teams sets up their goal. There is a line half way that if you "girl" the shot (not make it passed halfway you drink a whole beer) The object is to knock over your opponents cups. Each one knocked over that team drinks half a beer. You also can only catch a frisbee in the air passed the goal, if you do the other team drinks, if you drop it you drink. Simple.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 01:52 PM
I would be dropping them all day long.
 

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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 02:06 PM
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we used to play with mudbucket lids (usg buckets of drywall mud). you miss one of them and catch it on your nose you knew it!



Linnie, this is one of the saddest things I've ever heard. Reminds me of my dad's many stories that began, "when I was a boy, we were so poor that....[eye rolll]." But now look at you! Maybe I can flip you a disk at Piedmont Park?

 

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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 02:12 PM
Remember when people would toss them around at concerts. Dangerous projectiles when you are not looking.

I remember one guy taking a hit off a joint when he got nailed. Looked like a damn explosion.

Another good use for a Frisbee was for rolling in the park.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 02:14 PM
In the park? I used to leave my stuff in it at all times under the bed.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 02:54 PM
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My how time flies, with all the access to wind tunnels the frisbbee has changed very little, I hoping they make one in carbon fiber.
PAN, the "pros" around the disk golf courses have these disks that are like 2/3 the diameter and 2-3 times the thickness of plastic (or whatever material). The rim is thicker, but it's still basically the same Frisbee shape.

Those little things totally cut through the wind if necessary yet can ride a backwind and seem to go twice as far as a regular Frisbee. Plus, those guys are better throwers than me.
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we used to play with mudbucket lids (usg buckets of drywall mud). you miss one of them and catch it on your nose you knew it!
Linnie, those 5-gallon buckets? Ow--those lids are big! Large diameter and heavy! Seems like you could sprain a few fingers without trying too hard, too.

I've never really tried one in a park as a Frisbee, but I have a bunch from collecting empty buckets for yardwork. I should take a few down to the disk golf course and let 'em rip (yeah, let 'em rip my middle finger off--Ultimate Frisbee Finger--but they might be okay if I sand all the edges and corners down first).

The disk golf course a mile from my house is not quite the same as not long ago, though. It's in a park down the hill from a grade school, along with a cricket pitch and futbol and real football fields. Weedy brush and trees and the huge school playfields border the course to the E and cornfields formerly bordered to the S and W. Used to be that if you threw too far to the left on 3 of the holes running up the W edge of the park, it'd be easy for your Frisbee to go through a scraggly line of weedy trees and into the corn. And that corn was planted densely!

In the last couple of years, though, the corn has lost out to residential development, though no houses come right up to the disk golf park yet. Open land with streets curving through it. On the plus side, though, the trees in the park itself have been growing nicely and filling out, making much of the disk golf course shadier. I like the holes where you have to thread your Frisbee between the tree trunks.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 02:57 PM
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we used to play with mudbucket lids (usg buckets of drywall mud). you miss one of them and catch it on your nose you knew it!
These are good for playing frisbee catch with big dogs...don't get torn up as fast as regular frisbees.

Love frisbee - spent many an afternoon in the park playing frisbee with friends.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 02:58 PM
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we used to play with mudbucket lids (usg buckets of drywall mud). you miss one of them and catch it on your nose you knew it!



Linnie, this is one of the saddest things I've ever heard. Reminds me of my dad's many stories that began, "when I was a boy, we were so poor that....[eye rolll]." But now look at you! Maybe I can flip you a disk at Piedmont Park?


lmao brock! we did it because my dad is a drywall finisher is all, and he would bring the buckets home and i'd have to clean them out and all. If you throw one at me at Piedmont i'm liable to catch it and keep running Brock!

yeah peter, the five gallon kind, made the good people at the Lietica plant in good old symyrna delaware. the good news was that if you could control that thing, switching to one of the lighter jobbies (read; the rich kids frisbees) was a cinch.

 

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  posted on 6/1/2007 at 04:22 PM
Bring back the Water Wiggle and Slip and Slide!

 

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