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This memory was added on: April 18, 2010
Sitting at work today, I caught a whiff of something wafting from outside my office, and I immediately thought of smell of Super Stuff! I hadn’t thought of Super Stuff since 1965 when I was a kid. What a great toy! My dad bought it for me when we were at the store together. It was a complete impulse buy. I remember mixing it and waiting for it to set over night in its little pink tub. After several days of fun, it eventually dried up and was forgotten…..until today.
The pictures and comments here really bring back memories.
This memory was added on: November 7, 2009
My memories of SuperStuff are along the same lines as Al's. My dad bought me some of it just to pacify me while on a 500 mile drive to my grandma's funeral in May 1970. My dad wore the he** out of the Sinatra "Strangers in The Night" 8 track on that trip.The smell of superstuff was quite distinctive and enticeingly yechhy (if that makes any sense). It did attract all kinds of dirt and I wound up throwing it away in the motel bathroom after a day. It was pink and had a conistency of something like sticky Jello.
This memory was added on: September 19, 2009
Every once in a while I would have flashbacks about this weird smelling neon pink stuff I had fun playing with when I was 10 or so. Then I decided to type in some random words that might fit it’s description and ……..wham-o I found this site taking about “Super stuff”
When I email my 70 year old mom to share my nostalgic find, she asked me if it wasn’t silly putty I was referring too.
I guess when you're out of you mind busy raising 5 kids, a lot of toy take on a generic name for sanity sake. It all becomes silly putty. When you’re a kid it is all very different!
I wrote her back to say…
Mom; "Silly Putty" was kind of flesh colored, came in a Egg that split in half and had a slow elastic consistency but would snap apart if you pulled too quick. Oh yea, and if you dropped silly putty it bounced.
"Super Stuff" on the other hand was gelatin like, hot pink~cotton candy :-)) in color and, if dropped, it landed with a thud flop sound. If it landed on the ground out side it was finished (ready for trash can). It was a magnet for dirt and debris and wasn't able to be clean once it was matted with grunge.
Both of the above should not to be confused with "Green Slime" which was packaged in a trash can was much the same consistency as "Super Stuff" but was smaller in size, would have a drool like texture and didn't really smell as pleasant. "Super Stuff" Suff had a very memorable pleasant yet odd smell.
This memory was added on: March 13, 2009
Just thinking of THAT WONDERFUL SMELL of cold pink gloppy SUPER STUFF brings me back to Summer 1969, Kentfield, California...and the music..."Dizzy"(Tommy Row), "Light My Fire"(The Doors), "Cool-Aid" (Paul Humphrey and His Cool-aid Chemists)
This memory was added on: September 19, 2008
I played with this stuff as a kid and remember especially its distinctive scent. I was going through a box of things recently and found an unopened packet of Super Stuff dated 1966. The mixing directions were with the packet but not the carton for mixing with water, thus I don’t know how much water one would use. I don’t even know if it would mix properly after 42 years and since it isn’t made anymore, I may just keep it in its packet forevermore.
This memory was added on: August 12, 2008
One of my favorite things when I was growing up was Super Stuff, I can still remember the smell and texture of that wonderful stuff. I used to hide beans in the blob and then pretend I was a surgeon and cut them out then stitch the incision up with needle and thread, it left a scar that looked very real. Wish they would make it again so my kids could enjoy it as I did.
This memory was added on: March 10, 2008
Back in 1964 I was on a TV quiz show called "The Family Game" with Howard Craven (Network 10) - a show that had terrific prizes for the family who "knew the most about each other"!!
One of the questions we were asked was ..."if you had all the money in the world, what would you like?"... of course, my parents answered that I'd like "a horse" (I had always wanted a horse) but as the TV camera focussed in on me, the audience hushed and on the edge of their seats as I removed my headphones and I uttered those immortal words... "SUPER STUFF!" (gooey, pink, play dough worth about $2)... we lost the game, and it was a very quiet car trip home from the television studios.
This memory was added on: May 14, 2007
1967-1968ish?? I was playing with my pink Super Stuff in the back yard, bouncing it against the wall to see what kind of an impression the textured wall would leave on it. It landed in the Ivy, the VERY DENSE Ivy, and I was not able to find it and remember being extremely upset.
I searched and searched, hoping to detect the stuff by it's strong, wonderful scent. To no avail. I still suspect, as I did way back then, that my mom found it and threw it out when I wasn't looking. Ah...those were the days...
This memory was added on: March 27, 2007
It's funny how many people remember the smell from super stuff. I totally remember it,too. What a great smell that was! Something's you just never forget, like the fantastic smell of Playdough and Super stuff. I remember playing with Super stuff with my sister and brother around 1966. I also remember how cold it was after you had to take it out of the refrigerator, and how my Mom made sure we laid down some newspaper on the table so we wouldn't make a mess. Another thing I remember was that it didn't last too long. However, it was fun while it lasted.
This memory was added on: March 22, 2007
A google search for Whamo's Flubber got me here. Flubber was a ready to go blob in a blister pack that was marketed by Whamo for several months in the mid-60's right when the Flubber movie came out. I saw it once on a shelf at Fedco in Los Angeles. My parents were already pissed at me for something and would not buy it for me. Within 2 months it disappeared off all the shelves in Calif. The only reason I ever got was that is was linked to brain cancer. I have been searching for in ever since to no avail. It is my Holy Grail. There must be a case of it somewhere sitting in an abandoned warehouse.
This memory was added on: January 27, 2007
Yes, I remember Super Stuff. My sister remembers the smell, although oddly, I don't. (I usually remember smells with memories.)
The thing that reminded me of it was FLOAM. When the container has been sitting for several days, the beads rise, and the unmixed goo on the bottom is just like Super Stuff....you can slurp off the gel part and play with it by itself. It doesn't smell like much except mild chemical, though, so the memory won't quite be the same.
This memory was added on: December 27, 2006
Wow I completely forgotten bout this stuff until I saw the name and picture. I remember the distinct smell it had. Also remember the white flecks that got on it after a spell in the refrigerator. I don't rightly recall what I was able to do with it. I do remember daddy showing it into a glass forcibly so that it made very hideous, breaking wind/passing gas sounds that had us on the floor laughing til our gutts hurt. I think Daddy had more fun with it than us youngins did. Learning my "dirty" trick I waisted for my relatives to come over. I'd sneak up behind them and shove that glob thing int a glass... PPFFFLLLLTTTT!!!!! to My Aunt Margie Jean, Uncle Frank. Mama wasn't in the least amused at this embarrassing debacle. Super stuff became victim of the trash can after I got a lickin and sent to my room.
This memory was added on: December 20, 2006
I remember this stuff so well!! There were actually two colors---pink and yellow, which were indicated by the line on the side of the container it came in---either the line was pink, or yellow!! About fifteen years ago, my brother worked for this warehouse and came across a case of the stuff---both pink and yellow varieties. His boss told him to just take it. We sat and played with the gunk for months!! It did keep better in the refridgerator, but after a while it would get little white "flecks", almost like Cream of Wheat was put in there, and then you'd have to throw it away. But ah yes, the bubbles you could blow, the smell...........FANTASTIC!!
This memory was added on: December 10, 2006
my only memory of the stuff was how it smelled so unique & everything stuck to it, so you really couldnt get much use out of it, except to squeeze it in your fists to hear the squishy sounds. mine lasted less than 24 hours before my mom said "ok get rid of that crap".
This memory was added on: December 7, 2006
I am having the most wonderful Christmas this year! The wonder of the internet has taken me back to my childhood Christmases and all of the excitement before and after the gifts were opened. I had many opportunities to play with super stuff! I loved it and even recall buying some when I was in highschool. The smell is fantastic - odd, but fantastic. I wish someone would bottle it! Is superstuff still made today? If so, anyone know where to get it?
This memory was added on: November 30, 2006
Oh man! I'd completely forgotten about this stuff! Funny how it's always the SMELLS we remember most. Like Silly Putty, Super Stuff was usually played with for about a week and then either lost or dried-up and thrown away. It was fun while it lasted, though!
This memory was added on: November 30, 2006
My brother and I LOVED Super stuff. I thought there was a similar thing called Super Goop. It came in fuschia and chartreuse. Everybody had one stupid kid in their neighborhood who'd eat it. Usually the smae kid that ate Play-Doh and school paste.Can you still get that stuff somewhere?
This memory was added on: October 25, 2006
Like everybody else who has posted here, I remember that smell. I've thought about buying some on Ebay just to mix it up so I could smell that smell again. My memory of it was my mom mixing it up and telling me not to get in in my hair. Well guess what, I got in my hair and that was the end of my Super Stuff experience. She promptly disposed of it and then cut the big blob out of my long hair.
This memory was added on: August 6, 2006
Made a jump rope with it and it got covered with dirt, grass, gravels, and various other debris. That was the end of my Super Stuff.
This memory was added on: July 20, 2006
Aw Yeah .... super stuff. It was wet and cold and i loved the smell. Loved blowing bubbles with it!
This memory was added on: June 11, 2006
Out of the clear blue sky last night I remembered this stuff, but not the name. It was the smell of something that reminded me. Then I remembered the cottage cheese type container and the cold, wet feeling of it. Nothing like the Gaks or Floam of today. I remember a Flubber, but that stuff was gross smelling.
This memory was added on: June 7, 2006
To get me to the dentist my Mum bought me 'Super Stuff'. I was so excited that when I got it home I mixed it with cold water instead of hot. The disappointment haunts me to this day....I never got anymore.
This memory was added on: May 7, 2006
My sister has been trying to figure out the name of this stuff for years. Our uncle owned a store and gave it to us and there is a picture of us playing with it. I can remember that smell and color as if it was yesterday. She can now add this to her banter of Fuzzy Wuzzy soap and Pretzel Jetzel.
This memory was added on: May 5, 2006
This is a fantastic website!! Super Stuff, the miracle toy of the early 60s. Who can forget the wonderful texture, color and of course, the smell. I found some on ebay. I am afraid to open it though, I don't want to waste it. This is such a vivid memory for me. I would love to see a Retro Wham-o toy series during Christmas time, who knows?
This memory was added on: March 7, 2006
What a mental release to find this site! I couldn't even remember the name of it! But like everyone else I remember the color and the smell. I too thought I was the only one who remembered this stuff. I think we should start a campaign to get at least a short run of the stuff so we can all blow bubbles and smell that wonderful smell again!
This memory was added on: February 13, 2006
I am laughing hysterically to re-connect with this wonderful memory and to share it with others. Something, a strange, sweet odor on my girlfriend's pillow the other night caused an immediate olfactory memory of super-stuff, though i couldn't recall it's name, but described it fully and only remembered the name when checking this site! wasn't it mixed in a little garbage pail or something? it's memories like this, shared, that can restore peace in the world.
This memory was added on: January 10, 2006
I remember this "super stuff" from the late 60's. My dad got it for me when we were camping down south. I played with it for about 5 min and accidentaly dropped it in the dirt. it was shot. and I was a pissed of 4 year old.
This memory was added on: January 10, 2006
I remember Mom was worried about getting Super Stuff on the carpet. I also remember the awful smell of the stuff--plus it did stain certain things. It was sure fun to play with though. Actually Super Stuff is still in use today in hospitals and health centers. It is now known as TX-151. Super Stuff itself was TX-150, made by Oil Center Research Company. http://www.ocrintl.com/companyhistory.asp
This memory was added on: December 27, 2005
We were just talking about this the other night...my 2 brothers and I clearly remember our beloved Super Stuff...mixing the powder, the hot pink color, and all the fun we had with it. The story of Super Stuff is legend in our family - we had played with it for about a week...passing it back and forth, rolling it on the wallpaper for patterns, dropping it on the sidewalk, blowing bubbles. It had turned from glowing pink to a muddy dark red and was really filthy. My dad kept telling us to STOP putting it over our mouths to blow bubbles. One day in the car, he caught one of us in the rear-view mirror blowing a bubble. He pulled the car over and grabbed the "stuff" and threw it in the river! My mom says it was the quietest the inside of the car ever was. The funny thing was that for years, every time we crossed that bridge, we would all wave and say, "Good-bye Super Stuff." Drove my dad kind of crazy. Now, 30 years later, we still talk about the trauma of losing the Super Stuff. He never in his wildest dreams thought he'd still be hearing about it when he was a great-grandfather!
This memory was added on: September 15, 2005
Ahhhh... Super Stuff! I thought I was the only person on the planet who remembers this slop. My brother had it and we launched it up to the ceiling in our parent's room... oh, about 1968 or so... and it made a nice stain! Gosh, I loved the smell of this glop... the feel... the color. For many years I wondered about this stuff. Closest thing to it today is Slime, but not the same. Super Stuff was a real rubbery blobby mass. Yes... that smell. I still remember it, over 30 years later.
This memory was added on: August 4, 2005
Ahhh Super Stuff..... My earliest toy memory. Wow ... cant believe others remember it too. what was that smell, anyway? I just remember that you had to wait an hour after mixing. I thought that an hour was endless. Civilizations come and go in that hour. Species evolve and become extinct in that hour. My gradmother's hair color faded in that hour. AAAHHHHH ... what I wouldnt give to sit for that same hour again now. Youth gave us so much to look forward to. Super Stuff was a part of it... then came work, responsibility, and maturity. That pink stuff still sits in my soul and I wait for something to mimick that smell. My own personal quest. The ultimate olfactory "where's waldo".
This memory was added on: July 24, 2005
None of my friends who are of similar age remembered this stuff when I brought it up. So I thought I would look it up on google. This was the first hit. The smell really stays with you. Bizarre stuff. I remember coming across it in its tub way in the back of a dresser drawer several months after we made it. As I recall, it had some kind of white microbial growth on top of it. My mom made me throw it out. A sad day in 1966 or so.
Wham-O had the coolest stuff, and their commercials were apparently very effective on little boys in the 60s.
This memory was added on: July 22, 2005
I was looking up somthing on a Wham-o toy and saw of list of their toys and saw "Super Stuff" and couldn't believe it! I have never found anyone who remembers that stuff but me!!! I can still smell it... I loved the smell... It was great stuff! Every time one of my children make their own glob of "stuff" from cornstarch, I think, I tell them about "Super Stuff".... and how great it smelled. Ha! Does anyone remember the colored markers, around the same time frame, that were like a wet gel type stuff? Probably for coloring pictures? I can't find anyone who remembers them either... Ha!
This memory was added on: July 6, 2005
I can't believe how many people have posted a memory here! I thought I was the only guy in the world who remembered Super Stuff. I only had one tub of it and I can still remember the fabulous smell! My sister is ten years older than me and she was babysitting this 2 year girl at the same time I had the super stuff. The little kid kept saying "dubble dum". We finally figured out that she meant "bubble gum" and that she thought the Super Stuff was a giant glob of it.
This memory was added on: June 25, 2005
My sister and I both had a tub of this nasty stuff. We saw it on television, and thought we had to have it. Our wonderful father, who is now 70 years old, took us on a shopping trip to Sears one Saturday for the special purpose of buying some of the nasty stuff. We loved it. It smelled really bad and felt even worse. What more could a kid want?
This memory was added on: June 10, 2005
Yikes! I *remember*! I was always bugging my parents for a tub of the "Stuff" when in came out. While my mother never thought me or my siblings would actually *eat* the "Stuff", she was *sure* that five minutes after we got it out, we would drop it on her nice, clean carpets(to be fair, we probably would have. We were a clumsy bunch, toywise). I was so jealous of some neighborhood kids who got some that summer and just went to town with it. Moist, elastic and gloppy...and that smell? Unforgettable! Yuck! Magnificent! The weird thing is...not long after, I scored a plastic capsule of "Stuff" mix from a toy dispenser at the local Thrifty's for fifty cents. It was just like the large mix! Didn't last as long, though...with no airtight holder for it, it dehydrated real fast. Ah well, at least I had the "Stuff" for a day...
This memory was added on: March 6, 2005
Another toy prefaced by a mom saying "You don't want that. It's junk". Are you kidding me? Of course I want it. I want it so bad I can taste it, and smell it.
My dad told us it was poison, and we would get brain damage if we ingested it. He likened it to what now seems like huffing glue or something. What do you want from a cop?
Another fabulous "toy".
This memory was added on: December 17, 2004
I used to have some super stuff when I was little. My sister and I would mix it up, and have to wait a whole night for it to gel. I would go to sleep just dreaming of that great smell. Even 30 plus years later, I can still smell it. My family thought I was crazy when I tried to remind them of it, But now I know I am not.
Anyone out there ever have a toot sweet?
This memory was added on: September 25, 2004
I too remember 'Super Stuff'! It came in the container as a pink powder. You had to mix it with water and let it set over night. The next day you had this bright red glop that looked like the Blob! Man did it ever feel funny, too!
I always kept mine in the fridge, and as I recall, it lasted quite a few months.
This memory was added on: August 26, 2004
Wham-o Superstuff. I am holding a sealed package of it right now. I always wonder if it still is in there or somehow magically disappeared over time by some biodegrading process. But I won't open it till I'm on my death bed. I hope it will smell the same when they mix it up for me for those last few hours. If you can get it do it, I've had this one for about 20 years I think. Found it in a nik nak shop in Toledo for about $10 bucks, haggled it down to $5. It's priceless to me now. I remember when I was a kid; throwing it over my head and making freaky faces with it. Hours of watching it stretch and just generic mayhem. The smell was the best thing about it. It didn't taste too good though from what I remember.
This memory was added on: July 20, 2004
This stuff was awesome! The smell WAs the best thing about it!
This memory was added on: July 14, 2004
I used to want this stuff really bad and then bugged my parents for enough money to buy it. I was ecstatic to have it. Then my sister thought it would be a good idea to pull one end of it away from me, it stretched but then dropped into my grandfather's gravel driveway. I had had it for about 10 minutes. I was so pissed! Ah well.
This memory was added on: July 9, 2004
I got several batches of this. One time I didn't use it for awhile and when I next looked in the container it had partly congealed into little white balls. Anyone else see that?
This memory was added on: June 27, 2004
This memory was added on: June 27, 2004
At last I know I'm not crazy--well a little. I remember having a tub of this when I was about 3 years old. Actually, it was probably my teen-aged uncle's. Until today I had yet to meet anyone who ever knew what I was talking about!! I started to wonder if it weren't snippets of dreams that I thought real---except THE SMELL!! You can't dream a smell!!
This memory was added on: June 15, 2004
I got this for Christamas one year, if I remember, it was a powder and you added water. I also remeber the smell and how it felt, made my stomach queazy!! lol.
This memory was added on: June 10, 2004
Thank you for coming up with the name.I have been trying to remember what it was called for the past several years. My mom really put off buying it for me- I think I ended up getting it with my allowance money. I do still remember the smell and how you had to mix it with water to activate it! I have this vague memory that after the pink they also made it in at least two other colors, I think green and blue.Judith
This memory was added on: March 16, 2004
Gosh, I remember Super Stuff!!! It was neat! But then I moved on to Silly Putty. This is so much fun touring your site; thanx for the flashback to days where life was much simpler.
This memory was added on: November 21, 2003
no, after a night with you Sara I will NEVER forget the smell.
1969 (of course)
This memory was added on: October 12, 2003
Will you EVER forget the smell? :)
This memory was added on: August 17, 2003
When Super Stuff came out, my mother got some for me and my sister. After we made the stuff and took it out of the container, we noticed how strectchy it was and wanted to see if it would work as a jump rope. I got a few jumps in before it flew apart.....there was Super Stuff on the walls, the dining table( this experiment was in our dining room), the framed pictures on the wall and a lot of it was on the acoustic ceiling! There are still pink spots on the ceiling...30+ years old!
This memory was added on: August 13, 2003
i don't get it
This memory was added on: July 17, 2003
My parents bought each one of us some of this, I can remember the smell and the taste of it after trying to blow bubbles with it...the things we entertained ourselves with LOL
This memory was added on: May 7, 2003
One of my friends had this stuff. I told my mom I wanted some too; she replied "No, it'll get stuck in the carpet!" Remember the smell of that stuff?!
This memory was added on: May 2, 2003
"Super Stuff" was my favorite stuff. It is my first memory of moving to Colorado. My stepfather took my sister and I to the store and this is what I bought. It provided hours of fun in the motel room and in the car.