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Who invented the Frisbee?

Frisbee, the flying disc game, was inspired by the Frisbie Pie Company of Bridgeport, Connecticut.  The first ever (or so they claimed) Frisbie game used the lightweight pie tins of the Frisbie Pie Company.

In 1938, Walter Frederick Morrison and his future wife Lucile were offered 25¢ for a Frisbie Pie Company pan that they were tossing back and forth to each other on the beach in Santa Monica, California. It was a lightbulb moment for Morrison who immediately designed a lightweight plastic disk, based on the Frisbie bakery's pie tins. He marketed the new toy as Flyin' Saucer and did not use Frisbie's name to avoid legal hassles.

He later on sold the rights to the Wham-O Manufacturing Co. of San Gabriel, California, which launched the first Frisbee disc on January 13, 1957. Wham-O is now owned by toy manufacturing giant, Mattel.

In the United States, more Frisbee discs are sold each year than baseballs, basketballs, and footballs combined.

In the late 1960s, a group of students from Columbia High School developed a game using the Frisbee disc.  The game was originally called Ultimate Frisbee, but is now officially called Ultimate, droping "Frisbee" to avoid trademark infringement issues.  Ultimate is a non-contact game played with a 175 gram flying disc. The object of the game is to score points by passing the disc to a player in the opposing end zone, similar to an end zone in American football or rugby. Players may not run with the disc, and may only move one foot while holding the disc (pivoting). In 2008, there were 4.9 million Ultimate players in the US.

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