Fact Friday – Yo Yo’s

Fysh saw found a yo-yo while at a playdate and actually got it right, well sort of. He asked if he could get one for his birthday so I said sure I’ll try find one for him.

He ended up spotting one at the crazy store when I popped in to get smoothie glasses with reusable straws so I got it. A little early seeing as his birthday is only this weekend but it’s kept him entertained while I was cramming in all the work possible so that I can properly take the weekend and Monday off to give him all the attention with no distractions because that above all is the best gift in his opinion.

Seeing as we’ve been yo-yo training we thought it would be a great idea to learn a bit about them. Okay mostly it’s because he was asking me random things like why it’s actually called a yo-yo, if I had one etc etc.

Five Fabulous Facts :

  • A Greek vase painting from 500 BC shows a boy playing with a yo-yo
  • Yo-yo’s are banned in Syria
  • An Eskimo yo-yo isn’t a yo-yo as we know it, rather it’s a toy popular with native Alaskans that involves rotating two sealskin balls suspended on caribou sinew strings in opposite directions.
  • Cheap yo-yos can spin approximately 10-20 seconds, with a record of nearly 4 minutes, while professional ball bearing yo-yos can spin for 1-4 minutes, with a record of just over 21 minutes.
  • The term ‘yo-yo’ possibly came from one of the languages spoken in the Philippines, from a word meaning ‘come back’.

Any random yo-yo facts you can add?

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