Silly Putty by the pound

Silly putty — even the newer varieties like the thinking putty here — has long been sold in small amounts in the classic plastic egg. But this stuff is best enjoyed in bulk. The technical name of this now generic substance is Dow Corning Dilatant Compound 3179. Five pounds of it is…. well, pretty silly. Ten pounds of the stuff is enough to transfer a whole page of comics, or to make a humungous superball, or to lighten up the dour faces in a boardroom after being parcelled out. The surprise for our family has been never ending amusement of watching a huge ball of this compound slowly melt over whatever you set it on, like the blob from outer space. Hand out some at your next birthday party. Don’t ask why.

– KK

Funny Putty
Classic beige color
$22/pound

Silly Putty
Comes in various colors
$80/ 5 pounds
Crayola

[Note: You can also make your own! There are several instructional videos and recipes online.]

Random Hilarity: How To Make Silly Putty