Thursday Trivia: String

Boy playing yo-yo. Tondo of an Attic red-figur...

An old school yo-yo'er. Image via Wikipedia.

Yes, string. We’ve gotten to the point in this blog where I’m writing stuff…about string.

We begin with yo-yos, which have strings. Even though it’s strongly asserted (but never proven) that yo-yos were a weapon in the Philippines, and that the word “yo-yo” is from the Ilokano language, commonly spoken in the Philippines, yo-yos originally came from Greece. The Ancient Greeks started using the toys, inducted into the Toy Hall of Fame in its original class of 1998, in the year 500 BC, made out of wood, metal, or terra cotta, and, of course, string.

Four more string facts after the jump!

  • The classic Harold Arlen song “I’ve Got the World on a String” dates as far back as 1932, when it was first written for the Cotton Club Parade.
  • Frankly, I’m surprised this is true – there really is a Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota. It’s actually the largest ball of twine made by a single person – one Francis A. Johnson of Darwin, MN. At 12 feet in diameter and weighing in at 10,400 pounds, the ball is now housed in a specially-made gazebo.
  • Silly String was first patented in 1972, and now has gone from a child’s joke toy to a military tool (to find tripwires) and the subject of a Los Angeles law. Since 2004, possession, sale, and distribution of Silly String has been banned on Halloween for 24 hours.
  • According to William Safire, the “g” in the term “g-string” stood for groin, which was a taboo word when the term was coined in the 19th Century.

3 thoughts on “Thursday Trivia: String

  1. Pingback: This Week’s Unrandom Musings « Daniel Pecoraro's Random Musings and Trivia.

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