Saturday, June 14, 2008
Super Elastic Bubble Plastic (from Wham-O)
It was a tube gloop. Multicolored gloop.
According to the commercial, just put some on the end of a straw (provided) and you can blow beachball-sized balloons which "last and last!"
They didn't tell you it smelled like rubber cement spiked with insecticide. Or that any balloons you made would be runty lopsided blobs. If you were lucky you'd get something the size of a baseball. Rough it up and it'd deflate, shriveling into a scrap of gunk. The texture reminded me of peeled skin after a sunburn.
What was I doing wrong? Was it a skill I lacked? A special blowing technique?
Where were the big balloons from the commercial?
Now, decades later, I think I've figured it out. I should have been sniffing the fumes. Then maybe I'd see big floating blobs.
thanks to Sally C. and Linda for inspiring this post.