From "Answers" (http://today.answers.com/?tz=480) for January 13th, 2006.
The story has it that back in the 1920s Yale students would play catch with metal pie tins from Bridgeport’s Frisbie Baking Company. To warn unwary passers-by as a tin was flying through the air, they would yell out, "Frisbieee!"
Years later, an adapted version of the flying disc made out of plastic (by Ed Hedrick)was sold to the Wham-O toy company for $1 million.
Wham-O introduced the toy to the public on this date in 1957, and called it the Pluto Platter.
A year later, they changed the name to Frisbee.
A variety of frisbee-like toys has been spawned, made from different, more flexible materials.
"Frisbeetarianism is the belief that when you die, your soul goes up on the roof
and gets stuck." – George Carlin
Today’s Word: prototype: an early, mostly successful model of a product; the empty pie plates were the prototype of the Frisbee.