Search: frisbee history
Why: I have one. It glows in the dark.
Answer: The Frisbie Pie Company in Bridgeport, CT! Did you ever notice that they're shaped like pie tins?
Truck drivers for the company were the first to toss Frisbie Pie tins on the loading docks during idle times. The tins bore the words "Frisbie's Pies" and had 6 small holes in the center, in a star pattern, that hummed when the tin flew.Wham-O - which, btw, is named for the sound their wooden slingshot's pellets make on impact - had been selling Pluto Platters (formerly Flyin' Saucers) since 1948 with little success. After witnessing the game at Yale in 1958, they renamed their product the Wham-O Frisbee, registered it as a trademark, and sold 100 million of them by 1977.
The sport moved to Eastern colleges, where students shouted "Frisbie!" to warn people of incoming pie tins. A sport developed and took on the name "Frisbie-ing."
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The More You Know: In the 1970s, "Steady" Ed Headrick invented the modern Frisbee, which flies straight (if you throw it correctly, which I don't). When he died in February of this year, his ashes were incorporated into some commemorative Frisbees "so his soul could fly freely." He also said:
When we die, we don't go to purgatory. We just land up on the roof and lay there.