As a kid, I loved hula hooping. It was about the one physically active thing I could actually do. My little sister could do handstands, cartwheels and backflips. She was often seen hanging by one ankle from the top of the swing set. I couldnt do any of that but I could spin a hoop around my waist for hours at a time.
The hula hoop has been around for time immemorial. Its believed that hoops were a popular toy in Ancient Egypt. Hooping was a huge craze in 14th century England, when hoops were made from wood and metal. Several people died as a result of overdoing it. The hoop was certainly big in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, when it was bowled along with a stick. But the hoop as we know it, like most things made of plastic, found its modern incarnation in the 1950s when it was put into mass production by the Wham-O toy company. They gave their plastic hoop, modelled on a bamboo exercise hoop, its popular name hula hoop and two years after its release in 1958, more than a million were in circulation. Geddit?
Since then the hula hoop has been a staple of modern childhood and of light entertainment. Dedicated hoopers have broken astonishing records. In November 2019, champion hula-hooper Jenny Doan (not to be confused with Jenny Doan the champion quilter) kept a hoop spinning for almost 100 hours (Im assuming she was allowed to stop for loo breaks). Meanwhile, Britains Got Talent semi-finalistMarawa the Amazing can spin an incredible 200 hoops in one go. 
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