Date: Tue, 26 Sep 1995 19:39:24 -0500
From: Daniel S Goodman dsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAROON.TC.UMN.EDU
Subject: Re: "Whimmy Diddle" (fwd)
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Date: Tue, 26 Sep 1995 10:15:43 -0500 (CDT)
From: Daphne Drewello drewello[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]sendit.sendit.nodak.edu
To: Reference Staff ref[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]rand.lcl.lib.ne.us
Cc: Stumpers stumpers-list[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CRF.CUIS.EDU
Subject: RE: "Whimmy Diddle"
According to the _Encyclopedia of Southern Culture_ (The University
of North Carolina Press, 1989) p. 524 (under the heading "Toys"):
"Children spent hours rubbing their notched, propeller-ended
whimmy-diddle sticks---also called whammydiddle sticks, hooey
sticks, or gee-haw whimmydiddles."
Volume 20 of _The Family Creative Workshop_ (Plenary Publications
International, 1976) pp 2550-2551, gives instructions for a gee-
haw whimmy-diddle, which consists of a notched wooden stick with
a propeller in the shape of an x on one end. (Traditional ones
were made of branches, but dowels can also be used.) There is a
skill to rubbing the whimmy-diddle in such a way that the propeller
will either spin to the right when you command it to 'gee' and to
the left when you command it to 'haw.' Geeing and hawing techniques
are also given in the article.
I can fax/mail the appropriate pages which will be probably make
things clearer than my explanation. In these parts we mostly toss
buffalo chips around for fun. These not only are simpler in design,
but have the added advantage of coming ready-made, no assembly required.
Alfred Dickey Library