One of our favorite attractions has been spotted again in the Tri-Cities! 

Say it three times really fast:  wacky wavy inflatable arm flailing tube man!       These air-powered gyrating advertising devices have been around for some time.  We could not seem to pinpoint the exact time when they were first unveiled, but we were bummed to find out their real name is Airdancers.

There is a patent on the name Airdancer,  the hollow vinyl sleeve that is often outfitted with arms, a head, and other features.  When the fan is on, the escaping air makes the 'creature' twist, wobble, and gyrate like a wildman. Colleen Carroll holds the patent for the name Airdancer,  their website lists an origin date of 1999.

The Airdancer, however, gained even more fame and popularity from an episode of "Family Guy" which featured "Al Harrington's Wacky Wavy Inflatable Arm Flailing Tube Man" Emporium and Warehouse.    That description appears to have stuck, besides, it's much more fun to say.

Perhaps we are showing our lack of 'maturity', but we at Newstalk enjoy watching these creatures do their thing.   Not long ago, a red wacky wavy inflatable arm flailing tube man  was seen atop the new Verizon store that opened by the DMV on Clearwater,  he is now seen greeting drivers while perched on top of a car lot on the corner of Canal and Edison.

Let's say it again, 3 times fast:

wacky wavy inflatable arm flailing tube man

wacky wavy inflatable arm flailing tube man

wacky wavy inflatable arm flailing tube man

(video courtesy of Family Guy)