The Frisbee, which is also generically called a flying disc, is one of the most popular outdoor social games that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Today, there are many variations on this theme, but the humble Frisbee is still the most commonly seen at parks and beaches around the world. It has spawned a number of other crazes, such as disc golf and disc dog. You might be wondering who invented the Frisbee and when did it happen? This article will answer this question and take a look at other interesting things about the Frisbee.
Who invented the Frisbee
A man named Walter Morrison and his wife were throwing a cake pan on a beach in 1938 when they were offered money for it. Morrison thought that there was a market for this type of toy and started selling them. After World War II he created a flying disc called the Whirlo-Way which was later renamed the Flyin-Saucer. Morrison made changes to the design in 1955 and called the new model the Pluto Platter. Two years later, in 1957, he sold the rights to the toy to the company Wham-O who renamed it the Frisbee.
The Frisbee was not a major success until 1964 when Ed Headrick (the new General Manager of Wham-O) redesigned the Frisbee so that it could be thrown more accurately.
Interesting facts about the Frisbee
- The term Frisbee is trademarked, but most people use the word Frisbee to describe the different brands and types flying discs.
- The original inventor of the Frisbee (Walter Morrison) hated the name given to his invention.
- There are over 20 different sports and games that use a flying disc as the main object.
- There are many different types of flying discs today including; ring shaped discs, glow-in-the-dark models, discs that produce a high frequency whistle when thrown and many more.