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Old 05-22-17, 12:03 PM
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Fidget Spinners: The Lamest Episode of Black Mirror Ever?

In the grand tradition of pogs and pet rocks, the latest hot trend sweeping America is this:



It's a heavy plastic pinwheel attached to a hub with ball bearings. You spin it in your hand. Some of them have LED lights. That's it.

If they cost five dollars, I might understand it as a kind of stress ball, but stores are charging ten to twenty dollars for these things. I've seen kids pitching fits at stores because their parents won't buy them, and some of the parents I've talked to say their kids have half a dozen of the them with different designs.

I mean, we're living in the future. Shouldn't our stupid fads be something that couldn't be manufactured in 1947?
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Old 05-22-17, 12:37 PM
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Re: Fidget Spinners: The Lamest Episode of Black Mirror Ever?

I saw a kiosk in the mall with some and I thought, oh hey these things... wonder what's special about them, so I tried them out. I was honestly surprised at the lack of satisfaction after all the hype. I thought there was some workout or stress relieving feature involved.

Maybe kids like that they specifically arent digital? Are they bored with flashy phone games already?
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Re: Fidget Spinners: The Lamest Episode of Black Mirror Ever?

I don't get the Black Mirror reference, in this situation, at all.

It's a top or gyroscope for the new generation, kids are going to like things kids used to like as well.

I'd put all my stock in Yo Yos. They're coming back and soon I tell you what!
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Re: Fidget Spinners: The Lamest Episode of Black Mirror Ever?

I have a guy in Guangdong that can get you these for under $1 each. Low MOQ!
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Re: Fidget Spinners: The Lamest Episode of Black Mirror Ever?

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I don't get the Black Mirror reference, in this situation, at all.

It's a top or gyroscope for the new generation, kids are going to like things kids used to like as well.

I'd put all my stock in Yo Yos. They're coming back and soon I tell you what!
I think these are less functional than a top or gyroscope. Thats what I thought these were. A top or gyroscope does something on its own. these spinners seem to do nothing unless you are manually twirling them for no reason.
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Re: Fidget Spinners: The Lamest Episode of Black Mirror Ever?

Attach some blades on the end. Then it might be worth $5.
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Attach some blades on the end. Then it might be worth $5.
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Re: Fidget Spinners: The Lamest Episode of Black Mirror Ever?

I'm a big time fidgeter, especially while sitting at my desk at work. I thought that, despite the fad, this would be a good way to keep my fidgety hands busy at work. I tried it out and I just didn't get the satisfaction.

As a fad, this one seems really dumb. But shit... I grew up on Pogs and Tamogatchis so I can't really criticize.
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Re: Fidget Spinners: The Lamest Episode of Black Mirror Ever?

Originally Posted by Goat3001 View Post
As a fad, this one seems really dumb. But shit... I grew up on Pogs and Tamogatchis so I can't really criticize.
I said the same to my wife this weekend while we were at a mall. It's dumb, but my generation had idiotic fads as well.
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Re: Fidget Spinners: The Lamest Episode of Black Mirror Ever?

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I don't get the Black Mirror reference, in this situation, at all.
Every episode of Black Mirror: What if we took something that didn't exist twenty years ago and make an Outer Limits episode about it?

It's a top or gyroscope for the new generation, kids are going to like things kids used to like as well.
Has anyone over the age of five (who's not a Jew) ever obsessed over a top?
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Re: Fidget Spinners: The Lamest Episode of Black Mirror Ever?

My son loves these things and I bought him and his friends a few online for like $5 shipped on eBay (from a US seller) and then Walmart has them for $5, when they are in stock, so I don't see the problem with them for kids. It is a hell of a lot better than paying $60-ish for a new video game that they will sit on their butts and play online with all their friends that live 2 blocks away.
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Re: Fidget Spinners: The Lamest Episode of Black Mirror Ever?

For the purpose they originally were deigned to serve, these seem far more effective:

https://thefidgetcube.co/?gclid=CNy5...FQ6dfgodNpwFWA
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Re: Fidget Spinners: The Lamest Episode of Black Mirror Ever?

Originally Posted by hdnmickey View Post
For the purpose they originally were deigned to serve, these seem far more effective:

https://thefidgetcube.co/?gclid=CNy5...FQ6dfgodNpwFWA
I think neither is effective for ADHD. From what I hear from teachers, they are very distracting to others when brought to class as well.
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Re: Fidget Spinners: The Lamest Episode of Black Mirror Ever?

The kiosk at the mall had the cubes as well. Perhaps they were knock offs with all the exact same switches, but they felt cheap. the plastic 'joystick' thing was really the worst molded plastic like from a brittle chinese toy. From the pictures I thought they were rubberized like an xbox controller.

Years ago people used to flick zippo lighters.

Is that considered too edgy nowadays?
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Re: Fidget Spinners: The Lamest Episode of Black Mirror Ever?

Much like a flat-brim cap, a quartz crystal necklace, or a vape, the fidget spinner is a handy identifier.

In the near future, our leader's special MAGA Mutawwi will be able to rapidly isolate them for transport to resettlement zones.
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In my day it was Klick Klack balls made of resin that would pendulum into each other and with the right movement would hit on both the bottom and top of the swing. Stories abounded of kids being blinded by shattered resin. Eventually the were banned from schools and faded away



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Re: Fidget Spinners: The Lamest Episode of Black Mirror Ever?

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I think neither is effective for ADHD. From what I hear from teachers, they are very distracting to others when brought to class as well.
That's been the experience at my daughter's school and the one my wife works at.

But I do believe they serve a purpose. But sadly a grade school environment, and the tendency for kids to be kids, is really not a good mix. Where you really see the intended effects is when they are used at college, or at work by adults.

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Re: Fidget Spinners: The Lamest Episode of Black Mirror Ever?

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Has anyone over the age of five (who's not a Jew) ever obsessed over a top?
I have a couple of these and do enjoy playing with them at home from time to time:



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But I'm Jewish, so I guess that doesn't count.
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The craze hit about a month ago at my kid's school, it's over now.
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Re: Fidget Spinners: The Lamest Episode of Black Mirror Ever?

These hit with a fury in my neighborhood. I paid $8 for her to get one. Small price to pay. They are pretty fun to handle. They are like a baby gyroscope. You can balance it on a pencil to interesting effect. But I would like to get a real gyroscope and show it to these kids. I think the real thing would blow their minds.

And I fiddled with one with LED lights. It was fucking awesome. Like 2001 goes to a disco. I was tripping balls.

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I think these are less functional than a top or gyroscope. Thats what I thought these were. A top or gyroscope does something on its own. these spinners seem to do nothing unless you are manually twirling them for no reason.
Naw, they spin for prolonged periods of time which is part of their novelty.

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Re: Fidget Spinners: The Lamest Episode of Black Mirror Ever?

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I have a couple of these and do enjoy playing with them at home from time to time:



Spoiler:
But I'm Jewish, so I guess that doesn't count.
Just remember, if it stops spinning it was all a dream!
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I have a guy in Guangdong that can get you these for under $1 each. Low MOQ!
Yeah, these are available for $1-$2 shipped online.
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Re: Fidget Spinners: The Lamest Episode of Black Mirror Ever?

So a side question... how do these fads jump from school to school and become a national phenomenon? When I was a kid ever couple of years or so there'd be a yoyo fad, and then later there was the Pog fad which made absolutely no sense. Now we have stuff like that water bottle flipping thing and now these.

In modern times I can see something like popular YouTube personalities promoting them or something, but back in the days before the internet was it all just viral marketing? I don't get it.
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