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Ton of Silly Putty

 

1/8th Ton of Silly Putty

Soon after I started at Google, I met a software engineer who had a very large chunk of Silly Putty on his desk. I thought it was cool, so I asked him about it, and he explained that you can bulk order the stuff. I thought, great!

The problem, though, was that the minimum order is 50 lbs, and I didn't want 50 lbs. So I sent an e-mail around to Googlers in the Mountain View, thinking one or two other people might want a few pounds. As it turned out, seemingly everyone wanted some, and in the end, I ended up placing an order for 250 lbs.

You can read more about how we cut it (it's very difficult!) on the Google Blog.
 

 

Here's what that 250 lbs (1/8th of a ton) of Silly Putty looked like: 

 How it arrived at my desk. 

How it arrived at my desk. 

 Putting it all together in one big pile. 

Putting it all together in one big pile. 

 Trying to pull it apart.   

Trying to pull it apart. 
 

 Bagged and ready for distribution. 

Bagged and ready for distribution. 

 One of the many "uses": copying entire newspapers. 

One of the many "uses": copying entire newspapers.