40 years of NERF

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In 1968 a guy by the name of [Rey Guyer] came up with an idea for a game. It involved foam balls as game pieces. After failing to sell the game to Milton Bradley, he approached Parker Brothers. They bought his idea but ended up tossing the game itself and just marketing the foam ball. Named after the padding used on rollbars in offroad vehicles, Nerf balls were an instant success, 40 years ago, in 1969. Many of us have fond memories of Nerf, even before everything they produced was a weapon. That’s not to say we don’t appreciate the Nerf weapons. We certainly have seen some hackers do some fun stuff with them.

[via neatorama]

Comments

  1. aztraph says:

    damn, I’m older than nerf!

  2. googfan says:

    those darts never stick

  3. JD says:

    Who doesn’t love a neft fight… bringing people together with friendly combat since 1968. lol

  4. Winphreak says:

    I think I still have all my 90s nerf guns in the attic… Good times.

    And of course, googfan, those darts never stick :P

  5. phil says:

    nerf rocks. by the way, nerf’s giving away free darts, so if you haven’t picked one up in a while, go get ‘em.

    http://www.hasbro.com/n-strike/en-US/Great-Dart-Giveaway.cfm

  6. PidGin128 says:

    Huh, 40 years of nerf? 40 years since moon landing… coincidence? maybe…

    [Also, they nerf’ed my space program ;_; )

    Second, was the guys name rey_N_? I didn’t check the article, but the sig in the picture suggests “reyn”?

    For some reason this entry hasn’t brought out any hate in others, or myself. peculiar.

    –PidGin128

  7. QUOW says:

    I WoNdEr If ThIs MeAnS ThAt I CaN CaPiTaLiZe LeTtErS NoW?

  8. wanka says:

    wow googfan dared to come back

  9. I remember as a kid taking actual throwing-dart needles and implanting them in the Nerf Bow and Arrow. http://weaklistener.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/nerf-bow-arrow.png

    This thing instantly became a formidable weapon with a simple mod. Although I dreamed of a world where I could hunt down bad guys with my modified Nerf B&A, all I really did with it was shoot it into old dry-wall and on a couple attempts at some low bearing birds and squirrels. OH HOW WE LOVEZ YOU NERF!

  10. I should have explained the way this was accomplished. ^_^ I would take the needle tip of the throwing dart and unscrew it from the flights. I would then make a small hole in the tip of the nerf arrow and with some force wedge the ass end of the throwing dart needle into the hole. I then took some gorilla glue and cemented it in there. It worked great and believe it or not the needle really did stay put. (I know I’m over indulging, so what!) Brings back so many memories. 17 years ago nerf was definitely one of my favorite toys.

  11. japkin says:

    I’ve had a Nerf dart stuck to the skylight in my house since April. Nerf rules!

  12. 3riX says:

    I remember when some tough kid broke my moms side mirror with a NeRF football.

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