THE NINTH NAY OF CHRISTMAS: THE HULA-HOOP

Bad For You’s special Christmas countdown of twelve of the weirdest, most outrageous, totally craziest bans, blocks, recalls and protests ever over toys. We’re not saying some of them aren’t earned, but do you think ALL of these toys are dangerous? 

WHY IT WAS FUN: Just slip that hoop over your head and try not to rotate your hips. It’s irresistible! And it seemed especially so back in the fifties, when Hula-hoops were a top-seller and wound up under plenty of Christmas trees. Well, trees in this country.

WHY IT WAS BAD: Obviously, Hula-hoops were a “symbol of the emptiness of American culture.” Or so the former Soviet Union used to think (but aren’t hoops supposed to be empty in the middle?). Eventually, the Soviet Union collapsed and now little Russian children across the country can enjoy Hula-hooping. Let freedom swing! Its hips!

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