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A HIP TOY PATENTED ON THIS DAY IN 1963

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On this day in 1963, the Hula-Hoop, a hip-swiveling toy that became
a huge fad across America when it was first marketed by Wham-O in 1958, is patented by the company’s co-founder, Arthur "Spud" Melin. 

An estimated 25 million Hula-Hoops were sold in its first four months
of production alone.

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ONE OF THE ALL-TIME GREAT FADS!

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Phone booth stuffing was a fad that began during the 1950s in Durban, South
Africa
and soon spread to Britain, Canada and the United States by the spring 
of 1959. It involved seeing how many people could stuff a phone booth until it
would accommodate no more. At some colleges as many as 25 students had
managed to cram some of their body into a standard phone booth. Earlier
fads included goldfish swallowing and flagpole sitting.

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A phone booth in California, 1959

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