Gary Dahl Dies

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  1. remdeprived

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    Gary Dahl, Inventor of the Pet Rock, Dies at 78

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    Gary Dahl ringing up $2 million in sales of Pet Rocks in 1975. Some 1.5 million rocks were sold in a matter of months.

    It was a craze to rival the Hula-Hoop, and even less explicable. For a mere three dollars and 95 cents, a consumer could buy ... a rock — a plain, ordinary, egg-shaped rock of the kind one could dig up in almost any backyard.

    The wonder of it was, for a few frenzied months in 1975, more than a million consumers did, becoming the proud if slightly abashed owners of Pet Rocks, the fad that Newsweek later called “one of the most ridiculously successful marketing schemes ever.”

    Gary Dahl, the man behind that scheme — described variously as a marketing genius and a genial mountebank — died on March 23 at 78. A down-at-the-heels advertising copywriter when he hit on the idea, he originally meant it as a joke. But the concept of a “pet” that required no actual work and no real commitment resonated with the self-indulgent ’70s, and before long a cultural phenomenon was born.

    A modern incarnation of “Stone Soup” as stirred by P. T. Barnum, Pet Rocks made Mr. Dahl a millionaire practically overnight. Though the fad ran its course long ago, the phrase “pet rock” endures in the American lexicon, denoting (depending on whether it is uttered with contempt or admiration) a useless entity or a meteoric success.

    http://www.nytimes.com/2015/04/01/us/gary-dahl-inventor-of-the-pet-rock-dies-at-78.html?_r=0
     
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    $4 in 1975? The people who bought those probably thought they had a good sense of humor too. I bet 70% of those sales were in NYC.
     
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    "inventor"
     
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    that's only$1.34 per rock :(

    ..still PTBarnum would be proud rip dude
     
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    I got one as a kid in San Diego...1978 or so o_O
     
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    Probably could have found one in the back yard.
     
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    Don't ruin my childhood :fil:
     
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    If you were down to buying rocks I do't know how much worse I can make it.
     
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    I got this one also...

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    I just looked up the word "mountebank". You can add THAT term to Beth's resume too. Thank you.
     
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    You were probably an easy buy for Santa Clause. Just a trip down to the local park.:giggle:
     
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    When I started the day, my childhood was good memories...
    Now, I'm broken...:oops:

    Thanks alot @Shortwave98 :mad:
    Blocked!
     
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    I, too, had this. It was a highlight of my childhood. It glowed so brightly I could feel myself getting cancer.
     
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    People in the 70's were really bored and lame. Just like the last 20 years. Thank god for the 80's.
     
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    I had one of those... Along with a mood-ring, Puka shell necklace, Rubik's cube, & Click-Clacks....
     
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    Goodnight shit seller
     
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    My ex left one of these at my house.

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    Sorry pal.:down::sadbye::tears:
     
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    For a second I just thought I read "Dave Grohl dies".