Just like the hula hoop, the yo-yo emerged as a staple of school playgrounds from the 60s to the 80s. Weighted plastic discs on the end of a length of string - safety hazard? Of course. But this never stopped us crazy kids...Apparently, it never stopped the ancient Greeks, either. It was in Greece that the oldest known yo-yo was discovered, made of turtle skin discs rather than today's plastic. Historians believe they were used as part of a child's coming-of-age ceremony and were routinely offered up to Greek gods. It comes as no surprise then that the yo-yos were decorated with mythological drawings rather than dog-eared stickers more recently favoured. Historians have also claimed that a sort of yo-yo was used by people in the Phillipines as a hunting tool with a rock on the end of a very long piece of rope.Apparently yo-yos have been around for thousands of years. I wouldn't know about that but I do know they were a big craze in the 1960's and the 1980's. Every kid had a yo-yo and would compete to see who could perform the most impressive tricks. Do you remember "around the world", "walk the dog" and "Eiffel Tower"?

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