Inside the Wham-O Fun Factory !
Wham-O is a company and lifestyle brand that is steeped in the American cultural tradition of classic, well made toys.
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Fun Facts about Wham-O
Vivid imagination and ability to see beyond ordinary – is what takes curious mind to the World of Fun!
- Both Wham-O founders, Arthur “Spud” Mellin and Richard Knerr, were USC graduates. Go Trojans!
- Wham-O was named after the sound a slingshot (their first product!) made when it hit its target.
- 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. The brand name Frisbee® was introduced a year later, being influenced by the comic strip called “Mr. Frisbie” and by the Frisbie Pie Co. tins.
- The modern Hula Hoop was inspired by bamboo exercise rings that children in Australia were playing with.
- Superball® was created by a chemical engineer on accident.
- The NFL named the Super Bowl games after Superball®!
- The 1965 “Airblaster” could blow out a candle from 20 feet away!
- Wham-O also marketed very real crossbows, machetes, boomerangs and throwing knives.
- 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.
- 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.
- The band Monster Magnet is named after a Wham-O toy from the 1960s.
- Once dropped out of a 23rd floor hotel window in Australia, Superball® shot back up 15 floors.
- During the 1960s, Wham-O sold more than 20 million Superball® balls. By 1994 Frisbee® sales reached 100 million units.
- 25 million 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 $45 million in revenue.
- Wham-O has sold about 230 different items in the span of 70 years! It’s almost guaranteed that our grandparents touched a Wham-O product.
- The Superball®, Frisbee®, Hula Hoop® were inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame!