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307257.  Mon Mar 31, 2008 7:18 am Reply with quote

In an Aberdeen mental hospital, in the 1940s ...

The head gardener carried on his arm a large spool, rather like the ones on which electric cable was wound, but his spool contained bogie-roll. This black tobacco, made in a heavy twist, which unwound just like cable, had first been manufactured near the River Bogie in the Northeast. The head gardener also carried with him a sharp little knife with which he cut off the daily rations of bogie which the gardener-patients chewed strenuously, every now and then spitting a rich brown liquid on the pathways.

“Monkeys, bears and gutta percha” by Colin MacLean (Tuckwell Press, 2001).

309569.  Thu Apr 03, 2008 3:50 am Reply with quote

Further notes on Frisbees:

We have Frisbees courtesy of the Frisbie Pie Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut.

In the 1870s, confectioner William Russell Frisbie started a bakery that carried a range of homemade pies in circular tins branded with the family name.

In the mid-1940s throwing the pans became a favourite pastime of students at Yale University, whose New Haven campus was not far away from the Frisbie Pie Company’s headquarters.

The pastime gained momentum due to Californian Walter Frederick Morrison who was a keen UFO-logist.

In 1957, he teamed up with the Wham-O company and brought out lightweight metal toy disks called ‘Flyin’ Saucers’. In order to increase sales, Wham-O’s CEO Richard Knerr went to promote the Saucers at Yale and Harvard. He was astonished to find that they were already throwing around pie tins called ‘Frisbies’. As a result, Knerr trademarked the word ‘Frisbee’ in 1959.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Source: Panati’s Extraordinary Origins of Everyday Things

309816.  Thu Apr 03, 2008 7:51 am Reply with quote

Posted above, J

386913.  Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:20 am Reply with quote

386931.  Tue Jul 29, 2008 4:56 am Reply with quote

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386943.  Tue Jul 29, 2008 5:16 am Reply with quote

And according to wiki:

Pogo sticks were invented by the Russian military during World War II, as a means of escape from German Tanks during the siege of Berlin.

That invokes a pretty funny image - in fact, maybe I'll squirrel this away for the "Germans" show.

386952.  Tue Jul 29, 2008 5:31 am Reply with quote

Check that it's true first ...

The talk page to the Wiki article refers to someone called George Hansburg as inventing the pogo stick in 1919; he seems also to have invented a legend that he based his design on something he had seen in Burma, being used by a little girl called Pogo.

This article from is probably based on an earlier version of the Wiki article, and includes a drawing from a patent application granted in 1957 - the Wiki talk page suggests that he applied for one in 1919 but it wasn't granted.

That little lot could be quite hard to pin down, but it's also suggested that the Ziegfeld Follies used a pogo stick in their shows in the 1920s - that may be easier to verify.

386966.  Tue Jul 29, 2008 5:53 am Reply with quote

Call me an old cynic, but I find the suggestion that you could pogo away from a tank faster than you could run unconvincing.

386968.  Tue Jul 29, 2008 5:58 am Reply with quote

You're obviously not doing it right, Flash. Suze, of course, I wouldn't trust anything on wiki (or, ideally, from anywhere else) without trying to corroborate it elsewhere.


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