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It's National Yo-Yo Week (actually National Yo-Yo Day was Monday) but it's been an up and down week so I'm rocking the cradle and walking the dog at my own pace.

I fell in love with Yo-Yo's when I won a contest at the 7-11 on the corner of 16th and Summitview in Yakima in 1975. I was 10 years old and two other kids besides me were picked for a yo-yo contest that I ended up winning. I think I was the only one who could make it sleep, the most basic of "tricks". No one else could, so I scored!! I've been a fan ever since.

Here's a quick Yo-Yo Tutorial....

Yo-Yo's have actually been around for over 2000 years. There's a Greek painting from 440 B.C. that shows a kid using one, so that's over 2400 years ago.

The Yo-Yo patent was filed on November 20th, 1866, but Monday June 6th is National Yo-Yo Day because it's Donald Duncan's birthday. His company trademarked the name "yo-yo" in 1932, and he's pretty much the reason they became popular in the U.S.

He lost the trademark in 1965, so Yo-Yo is considered a generic term now.

Japan dominates the six different categories at the World Yo-Yo Contest winning 71 titles in the past 22 years. America is next with 26.

The world record for the "longest usable yo-yo" is just over 39 feet set in 2011 and here's last year's winning routine in the freestyle division.