How much do you know about Wham-O?

Vivid imagination and ability to see beyond ordinary – is what takes curious mind to the World of Fun!

  1. Both Wham-O founders, Arthur “Spud” Mellin and Richard Knerr, were USC graduates. Go Trojans!
  2. The best friends named the company after the sound their first product, a slingshot, made when it hit its target.
  3. Frisbee or Pluto Platter? Inspired by the countrywide obsession with the UFO phenomena, Wham-O founders named the most popular Flying disc as a Pluto Platter™ Putt Putt. However, a year later either being influenced by the comic strip called “Mr. Frisbie” or by the Frisbie Pie Co. tins, or by both – brand name Frisbee® was introduced.
  4. Australian kids, who were exercising with bamboo rings inspired for the creation of the modern Hula Hoop
  5. Superball® was created by a chemical engineer by an incident 
  6. The NFL named the Super Bowl games after Superball®
  7. “Air Blaster” (1965), which could blow out a candle at 20 feet
  8. Wham-O also marketed very real crossbows, machetes, boomerangs, throwing knives
  9. A fictionalized account of the invention of two Wham-O products, the Hula-Hoop and Frisbee, is depicted in the 1994 film The Hudsucker Proxy 
  10. A Wham-O Air Blaster was featured in the infamous 1964 film Santa Claus Conquers the Martians as a freeze ray gun used by one of the Martians.
  11. The band Monster Magnet is named after a Wham-O toy from the 1960s.
  12. Once dropped out of a 23rd floor hotel window in Australia, Superball shot back up 15 floors.
  13. During 1960s Wham-O sold more than 20 million Superball® balls
  14. By 1994 Frisbee sales reached 100 million units
  15. 25 million of Hula Hoops were sold in less than four months after the launch in 1957 and in two years sales reached more than 100 million units making US$45 million in revenue
  16. Wham-O sold about 230 different items. Our grandparents, guaranteed, touched a Wham-O product.
  17. The Superball, Frisbee, Hula Hoop were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame
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