By P&J Trading

HISTORY OF SLIME

Slime was invented by Mattel Toys in 1976. While creating slime, the toy company wanted the oozing substance to be gross as possible. Thus, slime was first created as a light green material which you could find in a little green trash can. The trash can toy was sealed with a lid to keep the slime fresh and ready for use. Children all around the U.S. loved this oozing slime.

Mattel saw slime as a huge hit and continued to develop the toy until 1990. The goal was to make the slime just as gross as the first time. Thus, Mattel decided to place fake worms or eyeballs inside the green slime. It was the dream for kids who enjoyed pulling pranks. After making the grossest slime Mattel could think of, the company then developed a board game called “The Slime Master”. This was based on trying not to get your piece slimed on if you lost.

Once other toy companies saw the popularity of this game rise, slime became the new toy focus. Kenner toys were one of the first companies to jump on the slime train. Kenner developed two board games which derived from the 1984 Ghost Busters film but used slime for the monsters. The company saw how popular the slime was and created more Ghostbuster toys with slime.

Other popular media entities, such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles or Nickelodeon, developed their own forms of slime. Slime slowly began to decline after these organizations and companies stopped creating more oozing material. However, today, slime has picked up its popularity again. Today, you can make slime any way you want! It doesn’t have to be gross, but if you want it gross you can do that as well! If you want to learn how to make slime, check out our step-by-step Slime DIY made with our very own fragrance oils!

SLIME SCIENCE

You may not know it, but science can be fun too! Slime is recognized as a Non-Newtonian fluid. This means that it is not considered a solid or a liquid. Issac Newton, a well-known scientist, revealed how liquids are affected by water and temperature. However, slime goes against this statement and, thus, is a Non-Newtonian fluid. Other toys such as Play-Doh or Silly Putty fall into this category as well.

When you combine borax and glue to make your slime, it creates a fiber-like consistency. These two ingredients bond the fun substance together. Not only does it create the bond, but forms what is known as a polymer. A polymer is defined as several smaller molecules formed into one larger molecule.

SLIME FACTS

Now, time for some fun slime facts:

  • A twelve-year-old holds the Guinness record for making the largest slime in the world. The slime weighs in at six tons.
  • Hagfish, when under attack, releases a substance that turns the water around it into slime and chokes the predator.
  • Double Dare”, a television show, used to dump green slime all over the contestants who played in the game show.
  • Fluffy slime is most loved by kiddos because of its puffy consistency. To do this, you can simply add shaving cream to your slime mixtures!
  • A ten-year-old was awarded a record for making the most flexible slime. She stretched her slime to 7ft and 4in in less than 30 seconds!
  • Google considered 2017 the “Year of Slime” because it was the trendiest search.

We hope you enjoyed these neat facts and history of slime! If you made your own at home with our fragrance oils, leave a reply and let us know how it turned out. Happy sliming from P&J Trading!