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Stacy Gabrielle , (610) 253-6272 x4297

Silly Putty -- It’s Not Just for Bouncing (or Stretching) Anymore!

Silly Putty -- It’s Not Just for Bouncing (or Stretching) Anymore!

Winners of the "Silliest Uses for Silly Putty Contest" Announced

June 1, 2000 – Easton, Pa. – You can bounce it like a rubber ball and stretch it like taffy, but did you know that Silly Putty -- the peculiar pinkish substance marking 50 years as an American toy classic -- can also provide stock tips, help you escape from an unbearable date and even solve a crime? These inventive uses were among those chosen as the silliest from the more than 3,000 silly ideas fans of Silly Putty entered into the "Silliest Uses for Silly Putty Contest."

To inspire some silliness around the 50th anniversary of Silly Putty, the maker of the classic toy launched a search in March to find the silliest, most inventive and even practical uses for the pliable plaything. After an internal panel of Silly Putty experts evaluated each entry based on originality, practicality and above all, silliness, 50 ideas and the inventors behind them received their place of honor on "The Top 50 Silliest Uses for Silly Putty" list located on the new Sillyputty.com Web site.

Grand prize winner Peter Hyde of Collinsville, Conn., brought home the gold -- a 14-karat gold, one-of-a-kind 50th Anniversary collectible Silly Putty egg -- and a lifetime supply of Silly Putty for the most inventive purpose for Silly Putty. Ranked #1 on the Top 50 list, Hyde recommends replacing your stockbroker with Silly Putty by throwing a ball of the curious compound against the stock pages and investing in the stock it lifts off the newsprint. Wise to the ways of ending a bad date, Judith Daly of Norwich, Conn., suggests using Silly Putty to create a swollen gland to fake an illness for the #2 idea. Charles Garrett, creator behind the #3 use, says because the solid liquid eventually returns to an amorphous shape after it is molded, Silly Putty would make a perfect alternative to cement handprints at Mann’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood for flash-in-the-pan actors.

Daly and Garrett, along with prolific putty users selected as the nine runners-up, were awarded a five-pound bulk block of original Silly Putty. All others making the list with uses including baseballs for astronauts and making Silly Putty snakes to scare away pesky neighbors, received a dozen Silly Putty eggs, including Metallic Gold Silly Putty, the new 50th anniversary color that glistens like gold.

In addition to celebrating 50 years of Silly Putty with the "Silliest Uses for Silly Putty Contest" and by adding a golden touch to the classic toy, a historical collection of Silly Putty, including one of the earliest known Silly Putty eggs and other materials spanning five decades, now resides at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. A vintage blue and yellow Silly Putty egg from the early 1950’s is currently on display in the museum’s "Material World" exhibition devoted to significant inventions and materials that have shaped American culture.

The "Top 50 Silliest Uses for Silly Putty" list and Silly Putty history and facts are located at www.sillyputty.com.

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