Who invented yo yo?

Yo yo is a popular toy that has been used since time immemorial by children and is essentially a string that is tied at one end to a flat spool. It was made immensely popular in the 1920’s and is still quite popular with children and adults alike. There are a number of names that are associated with the yo yo in many languages and in French, it is known as bandalore. One the earliest surviving yo yo that still survives to this day dates back to 500BC and was also made using the terra cotta skin disks. The yo yo has also been represented in many ancient cultures such as Greece and the fun activity has been shown on a number of artifacts, vases etc.

Historical records from Philippine dating back to the 16th century shows that hunters would hide behind trees and would throw these at wild animals in order to capture them and the string would come back, ensuring that it doesn’t get lost. The word yo yo is actually derived from the Philippine language word yoyo’.

The birth of the modern yo yo was made in 1928  when a Filipino American Pedro Flores who started a manufacturing company in Santa Barbara, California that made the yo yo’ . Soon this company was making 300,000 units that was the output of 600 employees.

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