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 In 1957, an Australian company began making wood rings for sale in retail stores. The item attracted the attention of Wham-0, a fledgling California toy manufacturer. The next year Richard P. Knerr and Arthur K. Melin, of Wham-O, manufactured a plastic hoop in a variety of bright colors.
Invention: Hula-Hoop in 1958
Definition: noun / brand name / tradeamark WHAM-O Inc
Function: A light plastic hoop that is whirled around the body for play or exercise by the movement of the hips.
Patent: Wham-O could not patent an ancient item
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