Interesting facts about yo-yo
The most interesting fact about the yo-yo is that 'The yoyo is one of the world’s oldest toys. It actually comes in second place, behind the doll.'
- Yo-yos are now one of the hottest toy collectibles and many models have values in the 100’s even thousands of dollars.
- The earliest surviving yo-yo dates to 500 BCE and was made using terra cotta skin disks.
- In 1978, dentist and yo-yo celebrity Tom Kuhn patented the “No Jive 3-in-1” yo-yo, creating the world's first “take-apart” yo-yo, which enabled yo-yo players to change the axle.
- Originally manufacturing yo-yos from wood, yo-yo technology improved in the 1960s when the industry switched to plastic. Benefits of a plastic yo-yo include the uniform weight distribution only possible with plastic, as the natural variations in wood density are undesirable for an even spin.
- The 1980’s were an important stage for yoyos. The first clutch (come back without pulling) yoyo was invented by the yomega yoyo company and so were the first ball bearing yoyos.
- The first metal yoyos were created and in the 1990’s the yoyo world championships started.
- The current highest price paid for a collectible yo-yo is $16,029.00.
- One of the most famous tricks on the yo-yo is “walk the dog”. This is done by throwing a strong sleeper and allowing the yo-yo to roll across the floor, before tugging it back to the hand.
- English historical names for the yo-yo include bandalore (from French) and quiz. French historical terms include bandalore, incroyable, de Coblenz, emigrette, and joujou de Normandie (joujou meaning little toy)
- Most modern yo-yos are made from a “take-apart” design, designed to be taken easily apart and reassembled by the player. This design was first created by Tom Kuhn. This enables the replacement of yo-yo components, including the string, renewable friction sources, or even trans-axle components.
- A number of yo-yo accessories are available as “after-market” modifications—players buy items separately from the yo-yo to augment performance over the original model shipped from the factory.
- Some yo-yoers have their yo-yo modified (or modded) by themselves or by a yo-yo 'Modder' to achieve desired performance.
- The operation of a yo-yo comes from rotational inertia causing the string to be wound in the opposite direction returning the yo-yo. When the string is connected to the shaft with a loop, the yo-yo will continue to spin at the end of the string instead of returning, unless the yo-yo is jerked slightly allowing the slack string to bind and allowing return.
- The World Yo-Yo Contest is held every year in Orlando, Florida and is hosted by YoYoGuy.comduring early August or late July. This contest takes the winners from national yo-yo contests around the world and pits them against each other.
- Japanese players in particular have risen to the top of the yo-yo world. The eleven-time, double-handed world champion Shinji Saito—considered the best in the world—is Japanese.
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