The Frisbee flying disk is 50 years old this year, and this story from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette gives a fun overview of Frisbee history, current trends, links to Frisbee-related Web sites (really), and even a how-to-throw it video. Here's a bit if Frisbee history for trivia buffs:
Walter Frederick Morrison, the man credited with inventing the Frisbee, said this month that he got the idea as a teenager in the 1930s after his family began flinging popcorn can lids around to burn off the tryptophan from a Thanksgiving dinner. It wasn't until 1955, though, that he invented the plastic disc, which he originally named the Pluto Platter in honor of all the UFO sightings being reported at the time. Two years later, Mr. Morrison sold the rights to the disc to Wham-O Inc., which patented it as the Frisbee. The name was changed to evoke the pie tins made by the Frisbie Pie Co. of Bridgeport, Conn., which Yale students had been tossing around for years.It's amazing how many Frisbee varieties exist today, especially for Frisbee golfers. Some of these definitely are too fancy to play fetch with your dog (although you can buy a whole golf set for less than $25.