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Thursday, February 25, 2010

The Inventors of The Frisbee and Easy Bake Oven Have Died

Two inventors of famous toys from the annals of pop culture died this month.

Walter Frederick Morrison died at the age of 90. He originally invented what was better known as the Frisbee. He fought, as a pilot, in World War II and was short down in Italy. He was a prisoner of war for 48 days. After the war he designed the flying disc, got an investor and eventually sold the rights to Wham-O who renamed it The Frisbee. Sadly, Morrison died on February 9th.  Details are sketchy at the moment. He was either found on a roof or became stuck in a storm drain. In either case, his body was retrieved after three hours of attempts with a long stick

Ronald Howes took the idea of street vendors roasting chestnuts and created an appliance found in many, built to scale, plastic kitchens around the world. The Easy Bake Oven used a light bulb, sometimes a 100 watt version, to cook brownies and cakes to near salmonella breeding perfection. What kid didn’t intend to impress their pretend boss from the Lemonade stand by having their cootie loving wife of two days cook up a wonderful three layer Easy Bake Cake in just under three hours?  Dinner was always a success and ended before the street lights came on.  Howes died on February 16th at the age of 83. It is estimated that it will take three months to cremate his body, but it should smell delicious.

These deaths follow the news that Glen Bell, the founder of Taco Bell, died on January 16th. The viewing for his funeral took place as late as 1am and mourners were asked to please pull to the second window.

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