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« on: July 30, 2005, 05:12:24 pm »
Apparently these are the 'latest craze' and were first seen '20 years ago'.  Now come on Oldspice, Maggie May, even Loulou?, please back me up here - I remember making these things in about 1970!  We all used to put them on the zips of our pencil cases and school bags.  (For the uninitiated they are different coloured plastic strings that you weave together to make bracelets etc).
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2005, 06:17:35 pm »
They were called friendship bands when I was at school. I got very good at making them actually.
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« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2005, 06:22:22 pm »
I haven't seen the ones that are around now but the scoubidous I'm talking about (and they were always called that) were thicker, flatter and less pliable than the friendship bands but I expect the principle of making them is the same.
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« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2005, 08:40:56 pm »
Yes I remember these in the 70's.  I think all I could ever make was a keyring with them but I see there is a book out showing how to make helicopters, animals and little dollies. Perhaps we should buy it and have a go.
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« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2005, 10:07:28 pm »
Yay, glad you remember.  According to my calculations that's more than 20 years ago (unfortunately!). 
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« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2005, 10:50:56 pm »

And even in the 1970s these things were not a new craze! My sister, who is 60 this November, (she's a lot older than me!) enjoyed the craze in the early 1960s and I very vaguely remember her having them attached to her BEA bag(!) the belt loop of her drainpipe jeans and her wrists.


Does anyone remember clackers? Those solid balls on strings that you used to swing back and forth to make them 'clack'? 

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« Reply #6 on: July 31, 2005, 01:22:15 am »
Yes they were dangerous. Weren't they banned, something to do with kids fracturing their wrists. Some people could swing them so fast but everytime I got mine to clack it usually ended up with hitting my wrist so hard.
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« Reply #7 on: July 31, 2005, 09:03:49 am »

I think they decided the noise of them could impair hearing too.


Oldspice my sister had a BEA or BOAC bag too!  Do you remember those tiny plastic replicas of them you could get, presumably as free gifts on plane trips?  I had quite a collection acquired from a well-travelled neighbour.

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« Reply #8 on: July 31, 2005, 09:35:26 am »
I remember clackers but not scubidous.  Does anyone remember those paper things that you could make and they folded all different ways with a different message in each face. I could never get the hang of making em though.

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« Reply #9 on: July 31, 2005, 09:37:33 am »
Do you mean the fortune teller things? 
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« Reply #10 on: July 31, 2005, 09:44:24 am »
That's it

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« Reply #11 on: July 31, 2005, 09:55:01 am »
Strange you should mention those because there's a national reading game going on in the libraries during the school holidays and it involves using one of those fortune tellers.  All the mums are saying, "Oh I remember those" and the kids look totally bemused.
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« Reply #12 on: July 31, 2005, 01:17:06 pm »
Was that where you picked your favourite colour, favourite animal etc and then it finished with an insult?
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« Reply #13 on: July 31, 2005, 04:33:25 pm »
Yes that's them.  Or you ended up with the local hunk/nerd.
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« Reply #14 on: July 31, 2005, 05:33:39 pm »
umm,this may sound a little stupid coming from someone of my age... but ive been trying to remember how to make one of those for years.... can anyone post a detailed step-by-step guide?
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