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What Do You Know About the Frisbee?

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At least 60 companies produce what many of us just call the Frisbee but only one company – Mattel Toys has the right to use the name.  They bought the rights from Wham-O in 1994. 

The Frisbee story goes all the way back to the 1800’s when college students in the area of Bridgeport, Connecticut used pie tins made by the Frisbie Pie Company to throw at each other, yelling “Frisbie!” as they let go.

A plastic version that could fly further and more accurately came out in 1948.  They called it the “Flying Saucer”.  Then a better model came out in 1955 and it was sold to the new toy company Wham-O.  And because of its history they called it the Frisbee.

Wham-O is the same company that came out with the Hula-Hoop, the Super Ball and the Water Wiggle. 

The world record for group marathon Frisbee play is nearly 45 days.  The record for continual play with two people is 126 hours.

The longest Frisbee toss is 693 feet.

The first Wham-O Frisbees came out on this date in 1957.  Since then more than 300-million have been sold.  That’s more than footballs, baseballs and basketballs combined. 


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