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A gonk is normally an egg-shaped or spherical furry novelty toy with googly eyes and sometimes small arms and legs originally popular in the 1960s and 70s. The term Gonk was also used as a contraction for Gonk Troll in the UK.
They were created by Robert Benson and Sheila Stanton. They were associated with Op art, hep and mod culture. Gund sold Gonks in the US, including inflatable vinyl versions. Gonks were also homemade.
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- The dictionary definition of gonk at Wiktionary
- IMDB, Gonks Go Beat (1965)
- Australian Rock Band (2005- )
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