I just found out today is Silly Putty Day and so it' only right that I share this newly found information with you!

Background Information:

Silly Putty was discovered in 1943 by scientist James Wright. James Wright was an Engineer who worked for General Electric at the time. He  was working on a synthetic rubber substitute for General Electric during World War II.  America needed rubber to produce truck tires and boot soles and manufactures were given the task to come up with a synthetic rubber.  James combined a  mixture of silicone oil and boric acid but it was a dud as a rubber substitute, the substance did have some unique properties. Wright found that it could be molded, stretched and bounced. No practical use for this "bouncing putty" was found until 1949,when a toy shop owner was handed a piece at a party. Her advertising consultant, Peter Hodgson, convinced her to include one ounce pieces of the strange substance in her Block Shop holiday toy catalog. With only a simple description, bouncingputty outsold the catalog's hundred of items except one - a 50 cent box of Crayola® crayons. Certain of its marketing potential, Hodgson, already $12,000 in debt, borrowed $147 to buy another batch. After studying 15 names he settled on one -Silly Putty. He packaged the pliable plaything in red plastic eggs and debuted SillyPutty at the 1950 International Toy Fair in New York City. The rest, as they say, is history.

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Unusual uses for Silly Putty: pick up dirt, lint, and pet hair. It is also used by physical therapists for rehabilitative therapy of hand injuries.

Have you ever wondered what would happen if you dropped 50lbs of Silly Putty from the 7th floor of an office building? Check out this video they produced:

Here is the original SILLY PUTTY TV Commercial:

Will it blend?!?! That is the question!! Blendtec Industrial blenders are known for using quirky marketing tactics to promote their blenders on YouTube. Check out their Will it Blend Silly Putty here:

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