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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!



Be the Best Secret Santa Ever!

clock November 11, 2011 08:00 by author Office Toy Guy
Don't Be a Lame Secret Santa!  

What is the most embarrassing thing that can happen to you at work during the holidays? Sure, getting too drunk at the company holiday party, telling the CEO he looks like Screech and photocopying your behind are all pretty bad. But, we're talking about never being able to live down being a lame Secret Santa.

Maybe you didn't even want to participate in the first place. Some people don't believe in Santa anymore. Yet, we all still stand in line to pick one of our co-worker's names out of a hat.

You don't have to dread the workplace Secret Santa. The Office Toy Guy wants you to embrace it! This year, your co-workers will refer to you as the most amazing Secret Santa gift giver in company history. Or, at least they will think you are really cool and thoughtful for getting them such an awesome gift.

OfficePlayground.com is ready to help you be the best Secret Santa gift giver you can be. Check out these unique gift ideas for your next Secret Santa exchange and really nail it this year!

Image Credit: Michael Wade    
 
Dependable and Classy
Need to play it a little safe while making a good impression? Give a Zen Garden, Newton's Cradle, Kinetic Motion or Liquid Motion.
Zen Gardens Newton's Cradles Kinetic Motion Sculptures Liquid Motion
Zen Gardens Newton's Cradles Kinetic Motion Sculptures Liquid Motion
 
 
Vulgar and Irreverent
Do your co-workers appreciate low brow humor? Are your company's policies a little loose? Share a chuckle over our these Gag Gifts and other Vulgar Stuff.
Terry Turtle BS Button
Terry Turtle BS Button
 
 
Cute and Cuddly
A desktop plant or an animal toy will win you the cutest gift award. There are many adorable items in Desktop Gardening and Office Pets.
Desktop Gardening Office Pets
Desktop Gardening Office Pets
 
 
Stress Relieving
If everyone is stressed out in your office, you can't go wrong with a Stress Ball, Stress Reliever or Foam Stress Toy.
Stress Balls Stress Relievers Foam Stress Toys
Stress Balls Stress Relievers Foam Stress Toys
 
 
Silly Yet Practical
Sometimes goofy can be useful. Give a Funny Office Supply or Gumball Machine for a fun twist on the regular.
Funny Office Supplies Gumball Machines
Funny Office Supplies Gumball Machines
 

You don't have to be a lame Secret Santa this year. Just make your picks, place your order and we'll get that awesome Secret Santa gift to you really fast.

We wish you the best at your holiday office party and may you be remembered for your non-lame Secret Santa gift and not for dancing with a lampshade on your head.

Lamelessly,

Bill Ross
The Office Toy Guy
OfficeToyGuy@OfficePlayground.com

www.OfficePlayground.com
We make work fun!



Gift Ideas Under $50 - Magnetic Fish Bowl

clock November 7, 2011 15:52 by author Office Toy Guy

Magic FishBowl The Magnetic Fish Bowl, one of our playful and unique liquid motion desk toys, is featured in Entrepreneur's "Holiday Gift Ideas Under $50." It makes a great employee or corporate gift because it "features two magically swimming fish that require no care." The relaxing motion is great for stress relief and it adds life to any desk. We think it will look great in your lobby, reception area, or on your front desk; and any busy employee or co-worker who works in a small cubicle will appreciate the lively movement without the hassle of an aquarium. The Magnetic Fish Bowl, as well as our other Liquid Motion Toys, make excellent gifts.

Magnetic Fish Bowl @ Office Playground

Holiday Gift Ideas Under $50 - Entrepreneur.com



Ten Reasons Why Office Toys Make Great Gifts

clock November 2, 2011 12:01 by author Office Toy Guy
Office Toys Make Great Gifts
  1. Affordable – Many of our office toys are reasonably priced under $10.
  2. Enjoyable – Playing with office toys is a fun lighthearted distraction from the daily grind.
  3. Impressive – A memorable office toy will remind the recipient how terrific you are for giving it to them.
  4. Humorous – Office toys provide much needed comic relief around the workplace and at home.
  5. Stress Relieving – It is very soothing to release tension with a tactile office toy.
  6. Practical – Many office toys are quite handy to have on your desk and serve a useful purpose.
  7. Colorful – You can brighten up any workspace at home or the office with cheerful and lively office toys.
  8. Cute – Lots of people love appealing things and we have many adorable and charming office toys.
  9. Informal – The casual nature of office toys makes them simple and easy gifts for business associates.
  10. PopularOffice toys are well-liked and folks love to spruce up their desks with these hip and cool items.


Office toys are the ideal gifts for all kinds of people and you'll find a large selection of office toys at Office Playground. Since 1999, Office Playground has been committed to providing you with the best office toys available. We are trustworthy, competent, friendly and passionate.

If you're interested in getting some really awesome gifts at extremely affordable prices and receiving them quickly, please explore our web site or contact us for suggestions or with any questions. We're standing by to help.



The How and Why of Newton's Cradles

clock October 25, 2011 12:19 by author Office Toy Guy

1458 Newton's Cradle 7 inch Black WoodThe Newtonian Demonstrator, known today as the Newton's Cradle, is a device that demonstrates the laws of conservation of momentum and energy. The concept was demonstrated centuries ago in France and used by Sir Isaac Newton when he developed the laws of physics.

How the Newton's Cradle works
When the first ball strikes the row of balls, the impact produces a shock wave that travels through the metal balls at the speed of sound. The speed of sound through steel is much faster (4699 m/s) than through air (300 m/s). The time for the shock wave to travel the short distance through the balls is too small for human perception. Neither the momentum nor energy is perfect in efficiency. Energy is lost in the suspending wires, friction of the surrounding air, and sound (the clicking of balls). The momentum degrades with each swing until near the end of oscillation the intermediate balls are swaying.

We have had customers ask why the balls don't clack back and forth forever in perpetual motion. It's because of the energy loss with each impact. Since energy cannot be created or destroyed, there can never be a "net gain" of energy and therefore there cannot ever be a true "perpetual motion" device (note to self, make a perpetual motion device, sell it to the highest bidder, retire).

Geek Group - World's Largest Newton's CradleThe largest Newton's Cradle is over 20 feet tall. It was designed by Chris Boden and is located at The Geek Group home base in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The monster Newtonian demonstrator is made up of 7 bowling balls weighting 15 pounds each. The bowling balls are attached to metal cables and hung from trusses in the ceiling of a warehouse. The suspension cables are 20 feet long and the bowling balls hang 3 feet from the floor.

Why a Newton's Cradle?
Because they're fascinating to watch, make a cool sound, and provide kinetic entertainment without batteries! As it turns out, this little device has become among the most classic Desk Toys of all time. We sell tons of these (literally) and take them very seriously. If you want your own steel balls transferring energy at 4699 m/s, see our Newton's Cradles here.



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.



Top 5 Office Gadgets

clock October 13, 2011 15:30 by author Office Toy Guy

Gadget is defined as "a small specialized mechanical or electronic device". People love gadgets in the workplace because they offer some character, color and stress relief to a busy day. Office gadgets offer an ideal holiday gift for your boss, coworkers or customers. Give out some office gadgets this year and you’ll be a holiday hero. To make your holiday shopping easier, we have built an entire category of Office Gadgets for you. Here are the top 5 Office Gadgets for the 2011 Holiday Season:

 


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.



The History of National Boss Day

clock October 10, 2011 11:56 by author Office Toy Guy

Boss Day Gift

National Boss Day has traditionally been a day for employees to recognize and thank their supervisor or boss. It started in 1958 when Patricia Bays Haroski, then an employee at State Farm Insurance Company in Deerfield, Illinois, registered the holiday with the Chamber of Commerce of the United States. Ms. Haroski's purpose was to designate a day to show appreciation for her boss and other bosses. She also hoped to improve the relationship between employees and supervisors. She believed young employees often do not realize the challenges bosses face in running a business. Ms. Haroski chose October 16 because it was her father's birthday, and he also happened to be her boss.

During the early years of National Boss Day observance, the holiday was mocked as Hallmark Holiday. In fact, Hallmark did not offer a Boss's Day card for sale until 1979. Recognition for Boss Day has grown tremendously in popularity and Hallmark responded by increasing the size of its National Boss Day card collection by 90 percent in 2007. National Boss Day has become an international celebration in recent years and now is observed in countries such as Australia and South Africa, in addition to the United States.

Image courtesy of Luz.



How Scary is Your Office?

clock October 5, 2011 16:01 by author Office Toy Guy

It’s the time of year where ghosts, witchesand goblins are making plans for their favorite day of the year, Halloween. Have you let them visit your desk yet?How Scary is Your Office?

Halloween isn’t just for children dressed as spooky (or sometimes adorable) creatures, going door-to-door asking for candy; you can have just as much fun at work! This year, bring the spirit of Halloween to the office. Here are some ideas for making your workplace "spooktacular"!

  • Decorate your desk or cubicle walls with a row full of smiling pumpkins
  • Host a number of spooky Halloween contests: Scariest Costume, Jack-o-Lantern Carving, Pumpkin Seed Spitting, and Best Decorated Desk
  • Hide fake giant spiders in your co-workers’ desk drawers
  • Ask each of your co-workers "Trick or Treat?" Give those who say "treat" a piece of candy from your Gumball Machine; pull a fun office prank on everyone else
  • Place some Bendable Halloween Characters in random places all over the office
  • Bring a large bowl of Halloween candy to share or bake a batch of Halloween cookies
  • Turn on some funky Halloween music and see how many Jack-O-Bop Wind-Up Toys you can get going at the same time

Adding a little Halloween spirit to your workplace can make your day a little more exciting and everyone a little happier. Try out some of our ideas and let us know how it goes!

Image courtesy of Elvia Dametto.



About Office Playground

website: www.OfficePlayground.com
email: service@officeplayground.com
phone: 800-458-1948

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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