Yo!! It’s Yo-Yo Day!!!

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June 6th is YO-YO DAY!! 

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Here’s some FUN FACTS about the Yo-Yo:

The modern story of the yo-yo starts with a young gentleman from the Philippines, named Pedro Flores. In the 1920s, he moved to the USA, and worked as a bellhop at a Santa Monica hotel. Carving and playing with wooden yo-yos was a traditional pastime in the Philippines, but Pedro found that his lunch break yo-yo playing drew a crowd was the first appearance of the name “yo-yo,” which means “come-come” in the at the hotel. He started a company to make the toys, calling it the Flores Yo-Yo Company.

Donald F. Duncan, an entrepreneur first encountered the yo-yo during a business trip to California. A year later, in 1929, he returned and bought the company from Flores, acquiring not only a unique toy, but also the magic name “yo-yo.” About this time, Duncan introduced the looped slip-string, which allows the yo-yo to sleep – a necessity for advanced tricks… (learn more)

Don’t miss Yo-Yo pro Doc Popular doing the “Weave“!

WATCH this COOL footage he took at the 2010 World Yo-Yo Contest:

Check out these fancy Yo-Yos available from YoYoSpin!

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Be sure to visit the online Museum of Yo-Yo History!

LOOK! A Duncan Yo-Yo from the 1950s (via Collectors Weekly):

Duncan Yo-Yo

“Boy, are they fun!”

  • laura valentina

    Very fun blog Pee-wee! Love the videos have a fantastic day!

  • Helen Gircko

    A great day! I mean – it was a great day when I finally realized how to play with Yo-Yo! Thanks for the video, learn more ….

  • Oh wow, thanks for linking to my videos! I’ve put out quite a few, but Weave is still a personal favorite of mine.

    Yo, next time you are in SF, I’d love to give you a tour of our art studio in The Secret Alley. It’s a like a real life PeeWee’s Playhouse http://www.thrillist.com/entertainment/san-francisco/the-mission/the-secret-alley-sf