by Elizabeth M. Economou | Updated 11 Jun 2018 at 2:34 PM

A recent phenomenon, the fidget spinner has been dubbed the “Hula Hoop of Gen Z” — those born between the years 1995 and 2010. A ball-bearing toy with three blades, it was originally supposed to help those with trouble focusing, but there were never any scientific data to back those claims. And despite its seismic rise in popularity in May 2017, fidget spinners are no longer considered “cool,” according to Fortune magazine. Sadly, an expired patent by inventor Catherine Hettinger — she could no longer afford to renew it — meant that others could also produce the gizmo, which is one reason fidget spinners became wildly popular.

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