Do you think you’re the ultimate Nerf super fan? Can you rattle off the release dates of all your favorite Nerf blasters without a second thought? Consider yourself the encyclopedia of all things Nerf? We’re about to blow your mind with the eight best kept secrets of the Nerf world.
Dropping Knowledge: 8 Things You Didn’t Know About Nerf1. Old Nerf commercials read like a who’s who of ‘90s C-List celebrities. Remember Seth Green? How about Devon Sawa? (But seriously, what happened to that guy?) The classic Nerf commercials featured both actors at the start of their career. Gotta start somewhere, amiright?
2. Hasbro recreates “Nerf environments” in a sprawling test facility. True story. Hasbro has a gigantic testing facility where it has recreated the most popular “Nerf environments” that allows their research and development team to test prototypes. The so-called environments that they’ve painstakingly recreated in this top secret warehouse? Basements, bedrooms, cubicles, and dorm rooms.
3. Some Nerf blasters can shoot Nerf darts at speeds of up to 50 miles per hour. Fact. Most Nerf blasters will cap at around 30 mph, but models like the Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire Blaster can shoot out darts at the staggering speed of 50 mph. If you don’t believe us, test your blasters for yourself. Secondary fun fact: Nerf’s highest sustained firing rate is 150 darts in 30 seconds.
4. What’s a Nerf dart? In 1970, the Nerf ball was introduced as the “world’s first official indoor ball.” It was marketed as a 4-inch ball that one can, “throw indoors, but can’t damage lamps or break windows, or hurt babies or old people.” Marketing genius. Secondary fun fact: The “indoor ball” concept was so successful that it was over 20 years before Nerf introduced its first Nerf blaster.
5. Over 445,277,777 Nerf darts are manufactured annually. Enough Nerf darts have been manufactured in the last five years alone to the circle the earth four times! Secondary fun fact: Nerf has made roughly 4,007,500,000 Nerf darts since their inception.
6. The term “Nerf” is considered both slang and an acronym. Nerf is a slang term for the foam padding used in off-road racing. The foam-covered bars are often called “Nerf bars.” NERF also stands for Non-Expanding Recreational Foam.
7. Nerf has gone through more catchphrases than a cheesy sitcom. Over the years, Nerf has had to adapt its marketing in order to keep up during some major sales slumps. As a result, Hasbro has created some crazy catchphrases over the decades:
- It’s NERF or Nothin’!
- There’s Only One NERF
- Get Real. Get NERF.
- Accept No Substitutes.
- Enlist, Engage, Enforce.
- Bend The Rules of Battle
- The Wetter The Better (?)
- Light It Up!
8. George Clooney is a huge Nerf fan. That’s the right. The debonair A-list Hollywood actor is a self-proclaimed Nerf head. Manchild much? As a director, he’s been known to keep a Nerf blaster next to his director’s chair and shoot actors with Nerf darts if he didn’t like a take.