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Fidget Spinner: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

Fidget spinners, the palm-sized toys that have taken over classrooms and offices across the world, are still increasingly popular. The toy is so popular that different versions of the toy currently make up all of Amazon’s top 20 best sellers for toys and games, according to Time. Their price ranges from $2 all the way to $1,000. Spinners are a simple mechanical gadget with a bearing in the middle that allows it to spin.



Here’s what you need to know about the popular toy:


1.The Inventor of the Fidget Spinner Isn’t Making Any Money From Her Invention

The fidget spinner was invented by Catherine Hettinger. 

The invention of the fidget spinner is often credited to a woman named Catherine Hettinger. Her patent for the toy was approved in 1997. According to The Guardian, Hettinger was unable to afford the patent renewal fee of $400 in 2005.

2. Videos of People Doing Fidget Spinner Tricks Have Millions of Views

Many videos of people performing and explaining fidget spinner tricks have sprung up on YouTube. Videos show tricks of varying difficulties from beginner to expert. Some of the videos make fun of the fad. Many videos involve people using air compressors to make the fidget spinner spin faster than a human could make it spin.

3. Experts Have Recently Said Spinners Do Not Help With ADHD and Autism

Some fidget spinner companies market the spinner as a “miracle” toy that can help aid people dealing with post-traumatic stress and other disorders. The popular belief that these toys can help with disorders such as autism, PTSD and ADHD, has recently been shot down by several experts.

4. Some Schools Have Banned Fidget Spinners

While some believe fidget spinners help kids focus, many educators view the toy as a distraction to others. CBS News found that fidget spinners have already been banned in 32 percent of 200 of largest U.S schools.

5. There are Several Reports of Fidget Spinner Related Injuries

CNN reported on a boy from Australia who seriously injured his eye playing with a fidget spinner. The boy was showing tricks to his friends at the time of the incident. The boy’s mom told kidspot, “He threw the spinner up a little higher, and he didn’t manage to catch the spinner but it came down and clipped the corner of his eye and crunch. He was very lucky not to lose his eyesight, let alone his eyeball.”
CrownHeights.info reported that Monsey’s Hatzalah was called to the home of a child who had a fidget spinner stuck on his hand. The volunteer paramedics were able to remove the toy without any serious injury.
The Dallas Morning News reported on a story involving a mother who had to take her daughter to the hospital, because the daughter had gotten a piece of a fidget spinner stuck in her throat.
There are several videos on YouTube that show injuries caused by fidget spinners. Most of them involve fidget spinners with razor blades attached and spinners that have been sped up by air compressors.
Several satirical spinner injury stories have started making their rounds as well.
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