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Happy 50th Birthday Hula Hoop!

The Hula Hoop is officially 50 years old Thursday June 19th!

 

Did you know it cost $1.98 the first year. when 100 million of them were sold? Or, that it was banned in the Soviet Union as a symbol of the "emptiness" of western culture?

 

I cropped this shot from an earlier posted photo of mine and treated it a bit for the birthday.....

 

Richard Knerr and Arthur Melin invented it. Both are dead now, with Knerr passing earlier this year. Wham-O still manufactures it and sells it, although, as you might guess, sales are down for this "Great American Fad"!

 

Check out www.msnbc.msn.com/id/25252266/

 

And also: news.sbs.com.au/worldnewsaustralia/hula_hoop_marks_50th_b...

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Taken on May 31, 2008