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2014-07-17 07:41:16 PM  
Cool thing about silly putty you may not know:  Roll it into a ball and hit it sharply with a hammer, and it will shatter, not just mush and absorb the blow.
 
2014-07-17 07:51:07 PM  

Earguy: Cool thing about silly putty you may not know:  Roll it into a ball and hit it sharply with a hammer, and it will shatter, not just mush and absorb the blow.


I knew that

/I discovered it quite by accident while being a bored kid in the 60's
//went through a number of eggs "experimenting"
 
2014-07-17 08:03:26 PM  
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2014-07-17 08:41:06 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Earguy: Cool thing about silly putty you may not know:  Roll it into a ball and hit it sharply with a hammer, and it will shatter, not just mush and absorb the blow.

I knew that

/I discovered it quite by accident while being a bored kid in the 60's
//went through a number of eggs "experimenting"


Sure it was kid stuff, but the joy of experimenting and discovery was great.  Do kids do this anymore?

Granted, a lot of my childhood experimentation involved burning and melting things and blowing things up, but I learned a lot of cool stuff.
 
2014-07-17 09:02:46 PM  

Earguy: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Earguy: Cool thing about silly putty you may not know:  Roll it into a ball and hit it sharply with a hammer, and it will shatter, not just mush and absorb the blow.

I knew that

/I discovered it quite by accident while being a bored kid in the 60's
//went through a number of eggs "experimenting"

Sure it was kid stuff, but the joy of experimenting and discovery was great.  Do kids do this anymore?

Granted, a lot of my childhood experimentation involved burning and melting things and blowing things up, but I learned a lot of cool stuff.


Yeah, me too. And it expanded my curiosity and desire to learn as well

/I think we'd be arrested as terrorists now, though
 
2014-07-17 09:17:26 PM  

Earguy: Cool thing about silly putty you may not know:  Roll it into a ball and hit it sharply with a hammer, and it will shatter, not just mush and absorb the blow.


It's also flammable, and burns white. I like things that burn.
 
2014-07-17 09:25:03 PM  
Whoa, it makes a copy of whatever's on the iPad screen!

Looks like it might be bad for the screen, though... it's all smudgy and low-res now.

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2014-07-17 09:35:18 PM  

MaudlinMutantMollusk: Earguy: MaudlinMutantMollusk: Earguy: Cool thing about silly putty you may not know:  Roll it into a ball and hit it sharply with a hammer, and it will shatter, not just mush and absorb the blow.

I knew that

/I discovered it quite by accident while being a bored kid in the 60's
//went through a number of eggs "experimenting"

Sure it was kid stuff, but the joy of experimenting and discovery was great.  Do kids do this anymore?

Granted, a lot of my childhood experimentation involved burning and melting things and blowing things up, but I learned a lot of cool stuff.

Yeah, me too. And it expanded my curiosity and desire to learn as well

/I think we'd be arrested as terrorists now, though


Early in my relationship with Mrs. Earguy, we were watching TV and in the show a character got in the car, started it, and the car blew up.  I kind of absent-mindedly said, "you know, that's actually pretty easy to do."

She was pretty disturbed that night.
 
2014-07-17 11:47:20 PM  
#1 I'm not yet 40 and this stuff came out as a toy when I was almost a teenager

#2 Are they going after Monopoly for not changing with the times or for changing with the times? I mean it's the same game it's always been, yet they've put out multiple versions based on pop culture. So it seems silly to pick on Monopoly because their argument is only half-baked one way or the other.
 
2014-07-18 12:03:41 AM  

jaylectricity: #1 I'm not yet 40 and this stuff came out as a toy when I was almost a teenager


I know, right?  Pepperoni pizza never existed until I saw it for the first time in 1982!  /snark

I'm over 40, and had Silly Putty in pre-school.

/or did I just fall for a troll?
 
2014-07-18 12:05:24 AM  
It's nice that NPR reporters can talk with their moms...of course, she's just a walk up the stairs...
 
2014-07-18 12:06:08 AM  
it also tastes pretty good in a mustard sauce.
 
2014-07-18 12:24:40 AM  
imgs.xkcd.com
 
2014-07-18 01:32:15 AM  

jaylectricity: #1 I'm not yet 40 and this stuff came out as a toy when I was almost a teenager


It came out as a toy way before you were a teenager.
 
2014-07-18 02:21:49 AM  
www.wearysloth.com
 
2014-07-18 02:41:00 AM  
Little known fact: if you hook up two 9v batteries in parallel to silly putty it explodes with more power than C4.
 
2014-07-18 02:47:19 AM  
It's surprising to me that the biggest year was 1987.  I would have said something like 1975 just from my memories.

/when was it introduced?
//1950
 
2014-07-18 02:54:18 AM  

jaylectricity: #1 I'm not yet 40 and this stuff came out as a toy when I was almost a teenager

#2 Are they going after Monopoly for not changing with the times or for changing with the times? I mean it's the same game it's always been, yet they've put out multiple versions based on pop culture. So it seems silly to pick on Monopoly because their argument is only half-baked one way or the other.


Math is not your strong suit, is it?
 
2014-07-18 03:06:05 AM  
It's Obligatory

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2014-07-18 03:53:05 AM  
Who came up with that name, GWB?
 
2014-07-18 03:59:49 AM  

Freschel: It's Obligatory

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But the 'O' must come first

captionsearch.com
 
2014-07-18 09:04:19 AM  
Wright stuff
 
2014-07-18 11:11:50 AM  

Earguy: Cool thing about silly putty you may not know:  Roll it into a ball and hit it sharply with a hammer, and it will shatter, not just mush and absorb the blow.


In college my professor used it to demonstrate to us plate tectonics.
 
2014-07-18 11:18:22 AM  

jaylectricity: 1 I'm not yet 40 and this stuff came out as a toy when I was almost a teenager


I'm almost 55 and one of my earliest memories is me and Papa Zul playing with it on the Sunday funnies (Snuffy Smiff looks even funnier all stretched out of shape).
 
2014-07-18 11:18:46 AM  
 
2014-07-18 11:20:26 AM  
On a barely-related note, there used to be a really cool band in AZ called Sili Pudi.

/Vocals, drums, bass, and...sitar.
//AZ farkers remember The Warehouse on University in Tempe?
 
2014-07-18 11:22:12 AM  

Lsherm: jaylectricity: #1 I'm not yet 40 and this stuff came out as a toy when I was almost a teenager

It came out as a toy way before you were a teenager.


I was born in '56 and we always had it laying around.
 
2014-07-18 12:19:14 PM  
Silly Putty Fact:  You can mush it into your carpet to soak up pet urine.
 
2014-07-18 12:39:39 PM  

Seat's Taken: Silly Putty Fact:  You can mush it into your carpet to soak up pet urine.


You're right, I took your advice and the urine stain is completely covered with the silly pully.  I'm having some trouble getting the silly putt back off the carpet now, I'm sure I did something wrong; have any suggestions?
 
2014-07-18 01:11:33 PM  

DubtodaIll: Seat's Taken: Silly Putty Fact:  You can mush it into your carpet to soak up pet urine.

You're right, I took your advice and the urine stain is completely covered with the silly pully.  I'm having some trouble getting the silly putt back off the carpet now, I'm sure I did something wrong; have any suggestions?


Yeah, this will happen.  What you need to do to remove the silly putty is smear feces (any will do, human or pet) all over it and wait a couple hours.  If that doesn't work, let me know, I'm like a walking lifehack.
 
2014-07-18 01:24:03 PM  

Seat's Taken: DubtodaIll: Seat's Taken: Silly Putty Fact:  You can mush it into your carpet to soak up pet urine.

You're right, I took your advice and the urine stain is completely covered with the silly pully.  I'm having some trouble getting the silly putt back off the carpet now, I'm sure I did something wrong; have any suggestions?

Yeah, this will happen.  What you need to do to remove the silly putty is smear feces (any will do, human or pet) all over it and wait a couple hours.  If that doesn't work, let me know, I'm like a walking lifehack.


Ok my dog has already been licking and chewing at it while I was waiting for your response.  And since it was a big stain I had to use like six eggs worth of putty. He's already eaten most of it so we're almost in the clear.  I'll try pressing him in to it, he's a retriever so I feel like his coat will really help getting the putty out.  I have a lot more silly putty (I can't help it I just love this stuff); will using fresh putty help with getting the piss-soaked putty out?
 
2014-07-18 01:34:59 PM  

DubtodaIll: Seat's Taken: DubtodaIll: Seat's Taken: Silly Putty Fact:  You can mush it into your carpet to soak up pet urine.

You're right, I took your advice and the urine stain is completely covered with the silly pully.  I'm having some trouble getting the silly putt back off the carpet now, I'm sure I did something wrong; have any suggestions?

Yeah, this will happen.  What you need to do to remove the silly putty is smear feces (any will do, human or pet) all over it and wait a couple hours.  If that doesn't work, let me know, I'm like a walking lifehack.

Ok my dog has already been licking and chewing at it while I was waiting for your response.  And since it was a big stain I had to use like six eggs worth of putty. He's already eaten most of it so we're almost in the clear.  I'll try pressing him in to it, he's a retriever so I feel like his coat will really help getting the putty out.  I have a lot more silly putty (I can't help it I just love this stuff); will using fresh putty help with getting the piss-soaked putty out?


You're on the right track! Now, you need to create a silly putty mop by adding silly putty to hair, the longer the better, and then use that to vigorously scrub the affected area.  And I should have thought about this earlier, but if your dog is assisting in the clean-up you should add peanut butter to the piss-soaked putty in the carpet, this will help mask undesirable smells.  Silly putty is non-toxic, but does have an LD50 of 800g/kg so make sure you take that into account.  You may have to eat some of it yourself so your dog doesn't die.
 
2014-07-18 02:14:42 PM  
I remember playing with it in my dad's nice green lazy-boy recliner, and falling asleep. Do you know what happens when you fall asleep on silly putty and it gets hot and melts into the fabric of a recliner? There is lots of yelling, and it is impossible to get it out. I never cared much for silly putty after that.
 
2014-07-18 03:14:11 PM  

Hand Banana: I remember playing with it in my dad's nice green lazy-boy recliner, and falling asleep.


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2014-07-18 11:16:25 PM  
Haha, oh...I guess I was a lil drunk and didn't noticed it said that Silly Putty was at its height in 1987.

Wasn't a troll, just an incorrect observation.

But I stand by #2.
 
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