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Love Silly Putty? Hate the Mess? Tips for Removing Silly Putty

clock January 30, 2012 09:31 by author Office Toy Guy

Silly Putty and red egg Silly Putty is a classic office stress reliever and we love playing with it at OfficePlayground.com. It can stretch, bounce and roll and is fun to play with at your desk.

We get a lot of inquiries about Silly Putty here at OfficePlayground.com. What colors does it come in? Can I get a volume discount? What styles do you have? But, perhaps the most common question we get from folks is how to get Silly Putty out of ___________ (fill in the blank). Since we know that it can be a bit of a pain when Silly Putty ends up in the wrong places, we decided to provide you with some tips on how to remove Silly Putty.

The top three questions we get at OfficePlayground.com for removing Silly Putty are:

- How do I get Silly Putty out of hair?
- How do I get Silly Putty off of clothing (fabric)?
- How do I get Silly Putty off of carpet?

We visited Crayola.com for their Stain Removal Tips to get the answers.

  1. Remove Silly Putty from Hair:
    What you need: Warm Water, Baby Oil, and Conditioner
    What to do: Try using baby oil or a generous amount of hair conditioner along with warm water. Massage the baby oil or conditioner around the scalp and area containing Silly Putty.

  2. Remove Silly Putty from Clothing (fabric):
    What you need: Dull knife or metal spoon, WD-40® (car part lubricant), Cotton balls, Liquid dish soap, Rubbing alcohol, Soft cloth or sponge
    What to do: Scrape off excess Silly Putty with a dull-edge knife or metal spoon. Spray with WD-40 and let stand a few minutes. Scrape excess Silly Putty with dull-edge knife or metal spoon. Re-spray with WD-40 and wipe off stain with cotton balls. If any stain remains, saturate a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol, blot the stain and rinse. Wipe any remaining residue or remaining stain with a damp sponge or cloth moistened with liquid dish soap. Wash garment per the manufacturer’s direction.

  3. Remove Silly Putty from Carpet:
    What you need: Dull knife or metal spoon, Soft cloth or sponge, Upholstery/rug shampoo, Bristle brush, Liquid dish soap, WD-40® (car part lubricant)
    What to do: Scrape off excess Silly Putty with a dull-edge knife or metal spoon. Spray with WD-40 and let stand a few minutes. Scrape excess Silly Putty with dull-edge knife or metal spoon. Re-spray with WD-40® and wipe off stain with cotton balls. If any stain remains, saturate a cotton ball with rubbing alcohol, blot the stain and rinse. Wipe any remaining residue or remaining stain with a damp sponge or cloth moistened with liquid dish soap.

*These stain removal tips are suggestions only and success cannot be guaranteed. Always test surface before attempting to clean.

You can find more stain removal tips at Crayola.com.

Playfully,

Bill Ross
The Office Toy Guy
OfficeToyGuy@OfficePlayground.com

www.OfficePlayground.com
We make work fun!



Tangle is King!

clock January 20, 2012 08:05 by author Office Toy Guy

Office Playground has been offering Tangles since the very beginning of our 13 year history. Tangle is the best fidget toy of all time. Period. Case closed. If you think you may need some stress relief at work, you need a Tangle. Over the years, the folks at Tangle, Inc. have created numerous different styles from fuzzy, to textured, to metallic. Whether you are new to fidget stress relief toys or you're an avid user, you need several Tangles in your portfolio.

Richard Zawitz is the creator of Tangle and as you might guess, he is a fascinating man. I remember meeting Richard at his house in the early days of Office Playground. He was so enthusiastic about Tangle and its ability to change the world. According to him, "A Tangle Toy is more than just a toy—it is twistable energy that enables a free flow of creativity from your mind". His inspiration for Tangle is from the Tibetan Infinite Knot, "Zawitz's very dreams were filled with the shape and form of the Tibetan Infinite Knot. But in his dreams the knot was always twisting, moving and transforming, changing into cool new infinite knot shapes and even colors".

Not only is he a genius sculptor, but he's one heck of a businessman too! He has sold over 100 million Tangles and even got them into McDonald's Happy Meals. Read the entire Tangle story here.

I'm proud to say we have been successful in spreading the amazing powers of Tangle to people all over the world. We have sold tons of Tangles over the years and I mean literally "tons". If you have never tried playing with a Tangle Toy, it's time to get involved. See all of our Tangles Here.

Playfully,

Bill Ross
The Office Toy Guy
OfficeToyGuy@OfficePlayground.com

www.OfficePlayground.com
We make work fun!



Silly Putty, The Great American Mistake

clock October 18, 2011 14:08 by author Office Toy Guy

Silly Putty Museum Display Many products have been created or discovered by accident and Silly Putty might be one of the most popular and best selling mistakes of all time.

During World War II there was a shortage of rubber in the United States. The government funded research into synthetic rubber compounds in an attempt to solve this shortage. Silly Putty was created in 1943 during this pursuit. The new product had useful qualities: it bounced like rubber, stretched like taffy and had adhesive qualities; it also broke into pieces and had the ability to lift pencil marks off paper. However, Silly Putty was not the sought-after substitute for rubber.

Silly Putty was called Nutty Putty when the little pink blob made of silicone polymers packaged in an egg-shaped plastic container made its debut as a toy in 1949. Its sales soared to the top of the toy chart that year. In 1961, Silly Putty went worldwide. It even reached the Moon in 1968, courtesy of the Apollo 8 astronauts who used it to secure their tools in zero-gravity.

After its success as a toy, Silly Putty was found to be useful in medical and scientific fields. It is widely used by physical therapists for rehabilitative therapy of hand injuries and as a fidget item for stress reduction. A number of other brands have emerged which alter the material's properties offering different levels of resistance, color and size of the product. Some of the names it is marketed under are Power Putty, TheraPutty, Thinking Putty and Bouncing Putty.

To date, Silly Putty has sold over 300 million eggs. Crayola, LLC (formerly the Binney & Smith company), which also owns Crayola crayons, owns the trademark name Silly Putty and currently sells 20,000 units per day.

It doesn't look like this American icon has to worry about popularity as its unique qualities continue to provide fun, exercise and stress relief to users of all ages all over the world.

Image courtesy of Eugene Peretz.



Gumby vs. Mr. Bill

clock October 12, 2011 15:15 by author Office Toy Guy

Who would win a battle between Gumby and Mr. Bill? Both are animated clay figures that made their first debut to the public on popular TV shows, both have made their way into feature length films, and both are immortalized as bendable figurines. We decided to collect the facts to predict the winner of this potentially famous battle.

Gumby Bendy Toy Name: Gumby
Debuted: August 1956
Creator: Art Clokey
Best Friend: Pokey
Nemeses: Blockheads
Claim to Fame: Gumby starred in his own television series, The Gumby Show, that aired from 1957 to 1967 and in 1988
Best Characteristic: Flexibility
Accomplishments: cameo appearance in 1987 film The Puppetoon Movie; 1995 feature length film Gumby I (aka Gumby: The Movie); 8 DVD collections (2000s); video game Gumby vs. the Astrobots (2005); appeared in campaign ads for Library of Congress (1994-1995) and Cheerios (late 1990s)

Mr. Bill Name: Mr. Bill
Debuted: February 28, 1976
Creator: Walter Williams
Best Friend: Spot (his dog)
Nemesis: Mr. Sluggo
Claim to Fame: Mr. Bill starred in several short sketches on the television show, Saturday Night Live from 1976 to 1980
Memorable Quotes: "Ohhhh noooooooooooooo...", "Perfectly awful!", "Stunningly bad!"
Accomplishments: 1986 live-action movie Mr. Bill's Real Life Adventures; 1998 television show Ohh No!!! Mr. Bill Presents; appeared in television ads for Pringles (1980s), an anti-drug campaign (1988), Pizza Hut (1990s), Subway (2008), and MasterCard (2008)

Based on the character's personality, history and popularity, Gumby wins the battle hands down. However, we believe it's all up to the circumstance and personal preference. Take the battle into your own hands to determine who you think is the real winner.



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The Office Toy Guy is passionate about office toys and spending a little time playing at work. He also enjoys imaginary pinky wrestling (it’s similar to thumb wrestling but you use your pinky and you conduct matches in your mind against imaginary opponents), cooking, underwater speed-reading, massages, and an occasional lighthearted office prank. (He’s really the CEO of Office Playground!)

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