Gut Rumbles

August 06, 2005


I'm sorry that I didn't mention this toy on a post I wrote earlier. When I was a kid, I could buy a cheap yo-yo for 25 cents, and one of those was what I learned on. As I got better, I graduated up to a 50 cent model. It was better and I could do more tricks with it.

I saved some money and finally bought myself a genuine Duncan Butterfly that cost a dollar. DAMN! That just may have been the best yo-yo ever made. I could walk the dog, rock the cradle and do every other trick I ever saw with that thing. I finally wore out the string, but when it broke I put a new string on it, and the yo-yo was as good as it ever was.

That's another toy you don't see kids playing with today.


I don't remember the name but I remember a dollar yoyo that I saved money to buy. It was nice and I impressed the neighbor kids with it. But the PC crowd also considers yoyo dangerous-might hit little Billy in the eye with it,

Posted by: GUYK on August 6, 2005 06:47 PM

A few years ago, in the middle school where I taught, we had to ban yo-yos because the kids were using them all the time. In classrooms it was okay because there was usually enough room. In the halls. it was dangerous.

Yo-yos were created as weapons in one of the South Pacific islands (can't remember which). They can easily give a small creature a nasty headache. A sixth grader can easily get a broken nose, blackeye, or even a concussion.

I used to try to show them how to do some of the tricks I had learned and a few of them got good at it. But I have to agree to the ban in the hallways. I hate the site of blood.

Posted by: joated on August 6, 2005 06:59 PM

Well my son (10) has spent a hell of a lot of his allowance money on a toy that you don't see kids playing with today. Now I admit that I live in a bit of a Mayberry place but damn these kids with their BB guns, yo yo's, footballs and baseballs make you actually think that there is hope for this Nintendo generation.

Posted by: dbltap on August 6, 2005 07:05 PM

YoYos made a pretty big comeback back in the late 90's. I bought a couple of nice ones to see if I could still do the tricks. It's like riding a bicycle! Just a few throws, and you're back in the groove.

I've got that Duncan Imperial around here somewhere...

Posted by: El Capitan on August 6, 2005 07:22 PM

If you ever practiced and DIDN'T bust yourself in the face or the head with a yo-yo, you didn't practice much.

Posted by: Acidman on August 6, 2005 07:31 PM

I always preferred the Duncan Imperial to the Butterfly; if the Imperial came back to your hand too fast it didn't hurt as much. As for why you don't see them so much now, JOATED beat me to it: they're far too dangerous to be proper children's toys (at least, to the nanny-types).

Posted by: Scott Crawford on August 6, 2005 07:57 PM

A couple of years ago, two of my nephews had seen some old program which featured a kid playing with a yo-yo and immediately wanted to test one out. So I bought each of them one from Amazon. They loved them!

Posted by: Juliette on August 6, 2005 08:19 PM

Yo-yos seem to come back every ten or fifteen years. I remember them getting very popular when I was in seventh grade - 1964 - and then falling out of favor. Many years later, it seemed all the kids were playing with 'em again.

Yo-yos are classics - they always come back.

Posted by: Elisson on August 6, 2005 09:23 PM

Did anybody else have the glass Klik Klacks?

Posted by: jpd on August 7, 2005 01:57 AM

What happened to tops? I haven't seen them since I was a kid in the 60's. I seem to recall that they too were made by Duncan.

Posted by: Dave on August 7, 2005 07:27 PM

Oh shit, I had a top I used to spin on the kitchen linoleum so fast it'd HUM!

Posted by: Paul Burgess on August 9, 2005 09:15 AM
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