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Mar 5, 1963: Hula-Hoop patented [Happy Birthday!]
History.com ^ | Mar 5, 1963/2013 | staff reporter

Posted on 03/05/2013 4:51:08 PM PST by Daffynition

On this day in 1963, the Hula-Hoop, a hip-swiveling toy that became a huge fad across America when it was first marketed by Wham-O in 1958, is patented by the company's co-founder, Arthur "Spud" Melin. An estimated 25 million Hula-Hoops were sold in its first four months of production alone.

In 1948, friends Arthur Melin and Richard Knerr founded a company in California to sell a slingshot they created to shoot meat up to falcons they used for hunting. The company’s name, Wham-O, came from the sound the slingshots supposedly made. Wham-O eventually branched out from slingshots, selling boomerangs and other sporting goods. Its first hit toy, a flying plastic disc known as the Frisbee, debuted in 1957. The Frisbee was originally marketed under a different name, the Pluto Platter, in an effort to capitalize on America's fascination with UFOs.

Melina and Knerr were inspired to develop the Hula-Hoop after they saw a wooden hoop that Australian children twirled around their waists during gym class. Wham-O began producing a plastic version of the hoop, dubbed "Hula" after the hip-gyrating Hawaiian dance of the same name, and demonstrating it on Southern California playgrounds. Hula-Hoop mania took off from there.

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1 posted on 03/05/2013 4:51:12 PM PST by Daffynition
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To: JoeProBono

2 posted on 03/05/2013 4:52:08 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Daffynition

The hula hoop was around before 1963, so what are they celebrating.


3 posted on 03/05/2013 4:56:40 PM PST by svcw (Why is one cell on another planet considered life, and in the womb it is not.)
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4 posted on 03/05/2013 4:57:10 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Daffynition

Don’t try that today. You’ll throw your hip out so bad and probably need a replacement. Somehow I don’t think Freepers will make it past the panel with so much as a runny nose. I ain’t joking.


5 posted on 03/05/2013 4:57:58 PM PST by Dysart
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To: Daffynition

"It's for the kids..."

6 posted on 03/05/2013 4:59:17 PM PST by stormer
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To: Daffynition
Making this video possible! You can thank me when we meet.
7 posted on 03/05/2013 4:59:46 PM PST by 1rudeboy
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To: Daffynition
Yay
8 posted on 03/05/2013 5:02:48 PM PST by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Daffynition

They probably couldn’t start the company today.


9 posted on 03/05/2013 5:05:31 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: stormer
You know, for kids!
10 posted on 03/05/2013 5:13:46 PM PST by Disambiguator
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To: Daffynition

The Hula Hoop craze of the summer of 1958 hit West Whittier, Calif. hard. Everyone on our block soon owned one.


11 posted on 03/05/2013 5:29:18 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Daffynition
Hoopa Hoola--Betty Johnson (1958)
12 posted on 03/05/2013 5:31:12 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: 1rudeboy

Thank you!


13 posted on 03/05/2013 5:41:39 PM PST by Toddsterpatriot (Math is hard. Harder if you're stupid.)
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To: JoeProBono

Thank God that is not a pic of the Wookie doing the Hula Hoop. Hate to see that big butt gyrating.

That brings back fond memories of me as a child doing that and was darn good at it. I think it would be a great weight loss exercise now =)


14 posted on 03/05/2013 5:42:45 PM PST by Patriot Babe
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To: 1rudeboy

She was excellent! But I can’t relate to those *yeti* boots. :0


15 posted on 03/05/2013 6:02:44 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: svcw
I didn't think it was possible....you just outed yourself as a hula-hoop hater. How could you? ;)


16 posted on 03/05/2013 6:05:01 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: martin_fierro

Scientology photobomb.


17 posted on 03/05/2013 6:09:46 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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18 posted on 03/05/2013 6:11:56 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: Dysart
I'm to be buried with my hula-hopp. It's in my will.


19 posted on 03/05/2013 6:13:10 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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20 posted on 03/05/2013 6:15:16 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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21 posted on 03/05/2013 6:17:53 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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22 posted on 03/05/2013 6:18:27 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: beethovenfan

>>Arthur Melin and Richard Knerr founded a company in California to sell a slingshot they created to shoot meat up to falcons they used for hunting.<<

I’m glad they had other success.


23 posted on 03/05/2013 6:20:25 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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24 posted on 03/05/2013 6:30:34 PM PST by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: JoeProBono
Tike was trying out for this part
25 posted on 03/05/2013 6:54:53 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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To: stormer

Epic. Linky @ #25.


26 posted on 03/05/2013 6:57:02 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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The Hula Hoop Song--Teresa Brewer (1958)

Hula Hoop--Steve Allen (1958)

Even ne'er-do-wells were into the hula hoop craze.

Bad Boy--Larry Williams (1959)

27 posted on 03/05/2013 7:04:24 PM PST by Fiji Hill (Io Triumphe!)
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To: Daffynition

Hey, I’m trying to eat here!


28 posted on 03/05/2013 7:38:37 PM PST by JaguarXKE (Welcome to the new America.)
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To: JaguarXKE
Hope you're eating celery and carrot sticks. :)


29 posted on 03/05/2013 8:04:51 PM PST by Daffynition (The essential American soul is hard, isolate, stoic, and a killer. It has never yet melted. — D.H.)
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