Friday, January 29, 2010

Yo Yo's are still the in thing!!!

An Australian man has set a new world record by keeping 16 yo-yos spinning at the same time.

Ben McPhee had yo-yos hanging off hooks, his fingers, and even his ears and teeth.

The new record was broken at the London Toy Fair but has yet to be ratified by Guinness World Records.

The previous record was nine simultaneously spinning yo-yos.

His performance came as toy retailers and manufacturers declared 2010 to be the year of the yo-yo after impressive sales in recent weeks.

David Strang, the managing director of Wicked Vision, distributor of Duncan yo-yos, said: "Since November they have been selling ridiculously well.

"We are up about 1,000% at least - ten fold on the sales we were having a year ago. Yo-yos, generally over the last 80 years, have gone in seven to eight year cycles.

"It's a generational thing. A ten-year old has never really seen one, but his older cousins, father and grandfather have. But this time around we haven't seen a proper global craze since 1998."

Retailers reckon that as many yo-yos could be sold this year as in 1998, the last year there was a global craze when nearly four million were sold in Britain.

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