Thirty Thrilling Frisbee Facts

  1. Facts-einsteinIvy League students started experimenting with flying discs in the 1920s when they tossed around pie tins from the Frisbie Baking Company of Bridgeport, Conn
  2. When the empty pie tins were tossed, college kids would yell “Frisbie!” to signal the oncoming flight of the tin.
  3. In 1948, Walter Frederick Morrison (son of the inventor of the automobile sealed beam headlight) combined his fascination with invention, his interest in flight, and a remarkable new post–World War n substance called “plastic” to form a flying disc.
  4. Morrison’s plastic disc was carved from a solid block of “Tenite.” The plastic compound chemical was developed Eastman Kodak and used primarily for making extrusion parts.
  5. In 1955, Morrison sold his flying disc invention to WHAM–O, which introduced it in 1957 as the “Pluto Platter.” The reference to the planet Pluto was derived from America’s early fascination with UFOs (Unidentified Flying Objects… and the disc did indeed resemble ideas of what a flying saucer might look like).
  6. In 1958, WHAM–O modified the “Pluto Platter” and introduced the “FRISBIE” flying disc to the world. It became an instant sensation.
  7. A Presidential Sports Award can be won for disc sports play through the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports.
  8. Can you remember what was written on the underside of those early FRISBIE discs produced by WHAM–O?
    “Play catch. Invent games. To fly, flip away backhand. Flat flip flies straight. Tilled flip curves.”
  9. Flying discs made before 1964 are considered antiques by collectors.
  10. The world group marathon record for FRISBEE play is 1,198 hours – nearly 45 days! The record for continual play with two people is 126 hours.
  11. The game of Ultimate was invented in 1969 by high school students in a parking lot near Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J.
  12. By 1970, FRISBEE discs had become so popular on college campuses that some schools began offering flying disc courses to students.
  13. The U.S. Navy spent nearly $400,000 studying the use of FRISBEE–like discs molded into battlefield flares to be launched from low flying airplanes. The Navy also developed a mechanical FRISBEE launcher.
  14. Originally designed by Ed Headrick, more than 100 million FRISBEE discs have been produced.
  15. The game of “Ultimate” has been demonstrated to require a higher cardiovascular fitness level than any other field game.
  16. The first intercollegiate game of Ultimate was played in 1972 between Princeton and Rutgers. Rutgers won by the same two–goal margin as it did when it beat Princeton on the same field in the first college football game 103 years before.
  17. Ed Headrick, former general manager and vice president of WHAM–O, envisioned the FRISBEE disc as a sport, not just a toy. He created the “Professional” model in 1964, developed and patented the FRISBEE disc flight rings (now called the Lines of Headrick), designed the FRISBEE Golf patented disc “Pole Hole,” and founded the International FRISBEE Association.
  18. The granddaddy of all FRISBEE sports is Guts, usually played with five players to a side. The name “Guts” came from an alleged pastime of Princeton students who tossed a six–inch circular saw blade instead of the plastic FRISBEE disc now used.
  19. There are more than 1,000 teams now competing at the college and club level in Ultimate; in 1972, there were two.
  20. There are over 30 different periodicals published on flying disc sports. In the last 20 years, 13 books have been published on the subject.
  21. Virtually everyone in the U.S. has heard of the FRISBEE disc and nearly 90 percent of all people in this country have played with one.
  22. More than one–third of the schools in the U.S. use flying discs as part of their physical education programs, and the list is growing.
  23. There are more than 700 Disc Golf courses in the U.S. These courses are permanent installations, usually located in a public park, where players actually “drive” and “putt” with specially styled discs.
  24. The World Flying Disc Federation (WFDF) is located in Sweden. There are 26 member countries.
  25. There are five basic and many trick grips for playing with a FRISBEE disc. Each grip leads to a characteristic throw. The backhand throw is the favorite of most and accuracy throwers, although in power games such as Guts, players favor forehand or “thumber” throws.
  26. There is a section on “Flying Disc Throwing” in the Guinness Book of World Records.
  27. The Cub Scouts of America has included Ultimate as one of 18 recognized s scouts to play to earn fitness and participatory awards.
  28. The men’s outdoor flying disc world record distance toss is 211.32 meters (693.3 feet), made by Scott Stokely of Ft. Collins, Colo., in 1998. The women’s long distal record of 136.31 meters was established by Anni Kreml of San Francisco during 1994 U.S. Open Flying Disc Championships on Aug. 20,1994, in Fort Collins, Colo.
  29. The first school for FRISBEE–catching dog training was called the Monterey of FRISBEE Dog Studies in Monterey, Calif. The first all–dog FRISBEE competition was held on Nov. 13, 1974 at California State University, Fullerton.
  30. Rare and flying discs have been known to sell for up to $500.



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