6 Facts You Probably Don’t Know About Fidget Spinners

Unless you have been living under a rock, you have probably seen the growing obsession with the fidget spinner. Kids think it is the greatest invention ever while teachers think they just cause distractions in the classroom. Some say they are more than just toys and actually help people focus and even aid some people who are dealing with PTSD and other disorders, but other experts disagree, saying the claims are not backed by science. Love them or hate them, nobody can deny the fact that fidget spinners are the new “must-have” gadgets of 2016 and 2017. But do you think you know everything there is to know about this spinning toy? Read on for some facts you probably do not know about fidget spinners.

6. Its inventor is not making any money.

Chemical engineer Catherine Hettinger, the creator of the fidget spinner, is not making any money off her invention as she could not afford the $400 required to renew her patent. Hettinger came up with the idea of the fidget spinner 20 years ago as a toy to occupy her daughter and help reduce anxiety among ADHD sufferers as well, but it has only been recently that it has become popular and started flying off the shelves. The 62-year old chemical engineer had a patent from 1997 to 2005. Unfortunately, she was not able to renew the $400 patent due to financial constraints at that time.