Hula hoop  

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"[The Hula hoop] was celebrated on the cover of Life for 16 June 1972."-- Screening Nostalgia: Populuxe Props and Technicolor (2009) by Christine Sprengler

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A hula hoop is a toy hoop that is twirled around the waist, limbs or neck. It can also be wheeled along the ground like a wheel, with careful execution. They have been used by children and adults since at least 500 BC. The modern hula hoop was inspired by Australian bamboo hoops. Common lore posits the creators of the plastic hoop popularised in the US witnessed Australian children playing with bamboo hoops while driving past in an automobile. The new plastic version was popularized in 1958 by the Wham-O toy company and became a fad.

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