Shrinky Dinks

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Shrinky Dinks, invented in 1973, are a children's toy and activity kit consisting of large flexible sheets which, when heated in an oven, shrink to small hard plates without altering their colour or shape.  They reached the height of their popularity in the 1980s.  Most sets are pre-printed with outline images of popular children's characters or other subjects, which are then coloured in before baking.  (In 1992, the California rock band Sugar Ray formed with the name "Shrinky Dinx", but later changed it upon threat of lawsuit from Milton Bradley.)


  • [to Lois Cummings]  Y'know, I-I-I just—I'm just thinking about just how lucky we are to have a kid, y'know?  I mean, I, it's, just take it for granted, but, it's a miracle when you think about it.  Idn't it, y'know?  This, this whole, this-this "birth" thing.  Like, I mean, y'know, wha-what happens?  I unload, uh-uh-uh—a whole batch of this—these, uh, these little reproductive apostrophes in-in-into your, uh, y'know, uh-uh-uh "miracle bucket," and then, nine months later, Milt comes out, y'know?  I mean, it's-it's—it's-it's-uh, for me, it's got the same kind of, uh, uh, y'know, awe-inspiring mystique as-as-as, like, Shrinky Dinks.

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