posted by Jason Kottke   Mar 30, 2005

When we were kids, my sister and I didn’t have a lot of toys. What toys we did have were fairly basic but open-ended…blocks, lincoln logs, crayons, construction paper, glue, (very dull) scissors, paints, etc., stuff we could use to make all sorts of different things. One of my favorite things to do (and this lasted well into high school) was to take a bottle of plain white Elmer’s Glue, spread glue all over my hands, let it dry, and then peel the glue off like old skin. I don’t know why I liked this activity, but there was something about the peeling that was *so* completely satisfying. When the glue was drying, I could barely wait to tear it off my hands.

Imagine my delight then upon discovering some kindred gluehands addicts aficionados. A few weeks ago, while Youngna was constructing a birthday card for a friend, we busted out the Elmer’s and went crazy with the gluehands. Here’s some photographic documentation of our gluehands bender. More than 15 years later, the peeling is still so satisfying. I may have to pick up some glue the next time I’m at the drug store.