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Mechanical Speech Machines - The Yoghurt Pot
By Jeffrey Borinsky

Mark Kinsler reminds us of some "nylon cable tie" devices that talked
when you ran your fingernail down them.  We had them in the UK too.

Back in about 1980 a work colleague appeared with one that had an
advertising slogan on it.  The product was "Fruity Friends Yoghurt"
and the strip said "Hello Fruity Friends!".

I think they recommended cutting a small slot in one of their plastic
pots and pulling the strip through that.  The pot acted as a resonator.
We all used to play with it in the lab and it eventually wore out

I never did try the product!

Jeffrey Borinsky

(Message sent Mon 21 Feb 2000, 08:05:17 GMT, from time zone GMT.)

Key Words in Subject:  Machines, Mechanical, Pot, Speech, Yoghurt

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