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Thursday, June 6, 2013

A Bit Of History Yo-Yo Day


June 6 is considered the National Yo-Yo Day. The yo-yo is considered an historic toy. Today is the perfect day to get out your yo-yo’s and have some fun playing “Sleeper”, “Walk the Dog”, “Shooting the Moon”, “Around the World” or “Hop the Fence”. For one that has never seen a yo-yo its best description is

The yo-yo is an object that consists of an axle connected to two disks, and a length of string looped around the axle. It is played by holding the free end of the string, allowing gravity or the force of a throw to spin the yo-yo and unwind the string, then allowing the yo-yo to wind itself back again. This is called “yo-yoing”.

Some believe that the yo-yo was first invented in ancient Greece. The yo-yo was made popular in America by Donal Duncan Sr. in the early 1900s. The name yo-yo was first registered as a trademarke in 1932. The Duncan Yo-Yo was inducted into the national toy hall of fame at the Strong in Rochester, New York. There is also a National Yo-Yo museum in Chico, California.

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