You sit in a corner while waiting to enter the principal’s office. On your hand, you spin a three-pronged gadget much like the blades of an old electric fan and it somehow hypnotizes you into the land of imaginations. Thank heavens the awesome fidget spinner is here!
But ever wonder where this addictive toy came from? Much like the previously trendy tamagochi, pogs and other toys, the fidget spinner just suddenly sprouted somewhere this year. Suddenly, we see children and adults playing with it—in the street, schools, parks and even offices.
The fidget spinner whirs with little spinning effort from you. This cousin of the yoyo was said to be invented by chemical engineer Catherine Hettinger. She filed a patent for a ‘spinning toy’ in 1993, around four years after she began selling it at fairs and other events.
Sadly though, she didn’t renew the patent in 2005 because she could not find a partner to fund it. It is said that the Hasbro, the company that powers the Transformers, has turned her partnership offer down after testing it.
Amazingly, it is only in February 2017 that the craze for fidget spinners came to life. Online data has seen it first bud in the online shop Etsy. Suddenly, all the cool kids at school had to have one.
Selling pieces for the fidget spinners often claim that these toys help children with autism and ADHD by calming them. However, this was not really proven.
On the other hand, another guy by the name Scott McCoskery was said to have been the inventor of a ‘metal spinning device’ in 2014. He said he wanted something for his fidgeting it IT meetings and conference calls. After requests from the online community, he began selling it as Torqbar online.
The fidget spinner became so popular that supplies in some countries had to be replenished right away.
But there is now an increasing number of adults who have protested against these toys. Teachers in America claimed that the spinners distracted children from schoolwork. Thus, barely four months after the craze started, the must-have fidget spinner was banned by a quarter of the largest 200 American private schools.
So if you guys wanna be on the safe side, just play with your cool fidget spinners outside the campus!