Today, March 5 is the “official” birthday of the hula hoop.
It was invented and marketed in the late 1950s, but wasn’t patented until this day in 1963.
Arthur “Spud” Melin, co-founder of Wham-O patented it.
25 million were sold in four months.
It was a fad, it was a craze, everyone had one.
Over the next two years, over 100,000,000 were sold.
Yeah, that’s a hundred million!
I even had one!
Some Hula Hoop “facts”:
The first duration record on record for hula hooping was set by 11-year-olds Paulette Robinson, Charles Beard and Patsy Jo Grigby in Jackson, Mississippi!
It lasted 11 hours and 34 minutes (August, 1960). The event was sponsored by radio station WOKJ.
Later on, 8-year-old Mary Jane Freeze, won a hooping endurance contest on 19 August 1976, by lasting 10 hours and 47 minutes.
The current record is held by Roxann Rose of the United States, who went 90 hours between 2 April and 6 April 1987.
Didn’t she ever have to pee?
Paul “Dizzy Hips” Blair set record for the most hoops twirled simultaneously on November 11, 2009.
It was 132, in case you were wondering.
He also ran for 10 km while hooping later on.
Can you say freak?
And not to be out done, the ladies got into it too. Boo Crystal Chan of Australia ran her 10 kms in March of 2009.
One of the first major investors in the hula hoop was none other than Art Linkletter.
Well, kids do say, and do, the darndest things!