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Offline Jester

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I just bought a drinking bird
« on: February 28, 2018, 01:33:12 PM »
Call it nostalgia.  I got on YouTube the other day, and there was a video in the recommended column that explained everything on this gadget.  Personally, I enjoy the memory of being introduced to it.  My uncle, who had recently earned his degree as an electrical engineer, was returning home from Korea after his hitch in the US Army.  I don't know if he picked it up at the airport gift shop on the way home, but it was as much a joy to watch him play with it as it was to wonder what kind of magic made it work(I was five at the time).  The new info. I learned from the video-- the patent for this toy is assigned to a man who worked as an engineer for Bell Labs in New Jersey designing semi conductors.
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Re: I just bought a drinking bird
« Reply #1 on: February 28, 2018, 07:16:29 PM »
I had one of these for a long time, funny seeing one again!
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Re: I just bought a drinking bird
« Reply #2 on: February 28, 2018, 08:46:41 PM »
I remember those...and a Bell connection?...That's cool!
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Re: I just bought a drinking bird
« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2018, 08:53:38 AM »
I remember seeing one of those in a Tweety Bird Looney Tunes episode once!

Must be fun to watch! :)
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Re: I just bought a drinking bird
« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2018, 11:29:42 AM »
I will do my own drinking, thank you!  :D
we had those way back in school.
they had red juice tho, and no tail, i believe???

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Re: I just bought a drinking bird
« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2018, 09:22:50 PM »
we had those way back in school.
they had red juice tho, and no tail, i believe???

I can't answer to ones without the tail, but my uncle had both a red and a blue one.  There was also a larger version I saw for sale a few years later at Six Flags Astro World.  I wish I had got one-- it stood about 20" tall.
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Re: I just bought a drinking bird
« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2018, 03:51:44 PM »
They used to have those in most any restaurant that had a dining bar.  I used to just stare at them and try to figure out how they worked.  I later got a little gizzie that operated on the same principle.  I see they're still making them too.

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