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“The guy who came up with the Pet Rock in the 70's is a genius. He pretty much just took some rocks, glued some eyes on them, then put it in a cute little cardboard pet carrier with
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Pet Rocks were a 1970s fad conceived in Los Gatos, California by advertising executive Gary Dahl. It is said that some time in April 1975, Dahl was having a conversation with his friends about why he didn't like to go through the average inconveniences that come with owning most pets. He said that he had a great solution to it. His idea was to sell a pet that would not need to be fed, walked, bathed, groomed (etc...) and would not die, become sick, or be disobedient. He said these (pet rocks) were to be the perfect pets, and joked about it with his friends. However, he took the idea very seriously. The first Pet Rocks were ordinary gray stones bought at a builder's supply store and marketed as if they were live pets. This was one of the many similarities between pet rocks and live pets that were intended by Dahl. The fad lasted about six months, ending after a short increase in sales during the Christmas season of December 1975. During its short run, the Pet Rock made Dahl a millionaire. In 1975, Dahl established Rock Bottom Productions, a company that sold the rocks for US$3.95 each. The stones, imported from Rosarito Beach in Baja California, Mexico, were swaddled in packing material (usually hay or straw for the rock's "comfort") and nestled in a small cardboard box (with air holes to "breathe"), similar to a pet carrier. A thirty-two paged official training manual called The care and training of your Pet Rock was included, with instructions on how to ...
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