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Can you name a toy that was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame this yearalong with the Tonka Truck beating over 80 other classics nominated last year includingRaggedy Ann and GI Joe and that even has two different crayon colors named after it That toy is Silly Putty my friends Now Silly Putty can add its name to that honored hall of fame which includes time-cherished toys such as the Hoola Hoop Crayola Crayons LincolnLogs and the Monopoly Game Silly Putty is a pretty unique substance Chemically it is a dilatant compound a silicone based polymer that is highly elastic and non-toxic and non-irritating to the skin But to most of us it is just that amazing toy that stretches without breaking yet it can be snapped off cleanly It bounces higher than a rubber ball It floats if you shape it in a certain way yet sinks in others It can pick up pencil marks from pages and comics from newspapers If you slam it with a hammer it keeps it shape and yet if you push with light even pressure it will flatten with easeSilly Putty could thus be used in the study of martial arts it flows like water breaks like a brick it can disguise itself and it has the agility of a cat With all of these unique properties its no wonder people are puzzled yet love to play with Silly Putty This pinkish bouncing stretchy stuff sometimes called the toy with only one moving part has been the subject of dissertations by aspiring physicists and chemists for yearsSilly Putty was invented by accident In the midst of World War II the Japanesecontinued to invade rubber producing countries in the Far East cutting off supply to theUnited States This began to hamper war production efforts especially for truck tires andboots As a result the governments War Production Board asked American industry toattempt to develop a synthetic rubber compound
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