As anyone who passed through Killincarrig yesterday, and saw the queues out the door and down the street, will already know, the kids around here are pretty darn potty about the fidget spinner.
It’s the new toy that’s sweeping the globe, making its manufacturers millions upon millions.
The fact that its inventor, Florida grandmother Catherine Hettinger, isn’t making a penny from her world-beating 20-year-old idea means her head should be spinning at about 427 miles-per-hour, right…?
Turns out the bould Catherine is, she says, pleased that her invention is so popular, and that it’s helping so many people to “just de-stress“.
Catherine lost the rights to the fidget spinner in 2005 simply because she didn’t have the $400 necessary to hold onto the patent.
Still, the woman is in good company – Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the web, and Shane Chen, the man behind the hoverboard, both failed to make moolah from their rather popular inventions.
We thought we should take to the streets – well, the road outside GG HQ, to be precise – to find out what this fidget-spinning fuss is all about. Luckily, we bumped into pop culture vultures Liam and Liam, who gave us their take on the worldwide phenomenon…
More words of wisdom from Liam & Liam here.