Snapper Hands

Snapper Hand from Office Playground Glue Things may no longer be available. But that apparently does little to quell the evolution of yet even sillier opportunities to explore the gameful properties of stretchy sticky stuff.

The Snapper Hand is a hand-shaped glue thing on a handle. The arm of the hand-shaped glue thing is also made of glue thing stuff. Also sticky. But, even more significantly, also stretchy. Thus, one can hold on to the handle, and, with an assertive snap, fling the hand-shaped end all the way to the status report sitting in the center of a 20-foot diameter conference table, effectively snagging the report, and, with a similarily insouciant tug, snap it directly into the manager's lap.

Or, next time one finds oneself taking a prospect to lunch and, just when one reaches that rather sticky moment of determining "who's paying the check," one precludes the possibility of further debate with a single, well-timed snap.

There are certain inherent properties of Snapper Hands that must be acknowledged before we progress or digress or even regress into deeper play. First, they are very difficult to aim. Much of that difficulty has to do with estimating the reach of a well-snapped hand. Especially if one is overtaken, as one is wont to be, with the thrill of the snap itself. Next, the fingers tend to stick to each other, making something like a sticky fist. This often causes people to waste time and energy trying to unstick the fingers, when, as any pugilist can tell you, it is both easier and more impactful to throw a fist than a hand. Though, on the other hand, as it were, a fist has less surface area with which to stick to things, which can be both good and bad.

Now, imagine, if you will, the depth of game-like interaction should there be a Snapper Hand for each and every executive in the conference. Let us say actions need to be assigned, as actions often need to be. Imagine that there are several index cards in the center of the table, each marked with a particular action, and one card marked "inaction." Need I say more? Perhaps I do.

Meanwhile at the home front, we entertain the obvious implications of playing a game like Slap Jack with Snapper Hands. You'd need at least three players so one can take on the joyous responsibilities of the card turner-overer.

The sticky aspect of Snapper Hands is of course significantly reduced by dust, dirt, sand, ashes and spaghetti sauce. Luckily, Snapper Hands can be completely restored to a pristine state of stickiness with mere soap and even more mere water.

Cautionary notes from the package: "Snapper Hand contains oil and may stain if thrown onto walls and furniture." Well, who wouldn't? "Do not throw Snapper Hand at anyone's face. Do not use near open flame. Do not put it in your mouth or try to eat it. Do not pull tongue out of handle." How many times do you have to be told?

O, the sheer potential of it all. Available at $1.49 each. From