Wham-O has long been a purveyor of the kinds of toys that look great on TV, or even not so great on TV, but end up even worse when you try them at home.
They've had their successes, of course -- the Hula-Hoop, the Frisbee -- but TV back in the day used to be jammed with Wham-O ads for some unlikely "fun products".
Like these 11:
"You have the power of wind in your own hands!!" For God's sake, don't misuse it. If you actually believed the tepid puff of air from The Air Blaster could travel the40 feet
claimed in this ad, then you were definitely in Wham-O's target demographic: Young and gullible.
Hey kids!! Pour some industrial gunk in your hand and then blow it up into a big, round ball!! Caution: Accidentally breathing in during the inflation process, or smelling the chemical, may result in a painful death.
In case you were somehow baffled as to how to pop a wheelie on your Sting-Ray bike, Wham-O was there to help. The company also offered, via the above ad, the single most unconvincing "burning rubber" sound effect ever.
The Boer War?
At some point, research apparently indicated that viewers needed to be assured that "girls slide as well as boys." In case that wasn't clear due to some mid-`60s scientific theory or something.
Lift a metal stoolwith a magnet
instead of your hands!!! Play somewhat Oedipus-ly creepy under the table where your mom's sitting! (Note: Monster Magnet apparently only sold to Volkswagen owners.)
We're guessing that in the mid-`60s, the "latest craze from Europe" wasn't drawing with yarn. And the Circus Cycle seems incredibly specifically designed to be a toy that is never used again after one facesplat.
The above ad must be watched while keeping in mind "willie" is a British euphemism for a penis. "Sold everywhere to everyone who wants a fuzzy friend for under a dollar!"
Two old dudes showing the very intricate moves needed to use the Nutty Knotter successfully. And after you have mastered this skill, kids, you....ummm...can make knots.
Nothing says "fun" like some creepy, possibly brain-damaged man showing you how to drink some powdered water drink.
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We don't care what you say, this kid is downright scary.