Fidget spinners, the incredibly popular toys that have driven thousands of schoolchildren to distraction in classrooms across America, were invented after their creator sought to create an alternative activity for Palestinian boys to do instead of throwing rocks at Israeli soldiers.
Catherine Hettinger told Money magazine on Wednesday that her wheels starting turning after observing rock-throwers while visiting her sister in Israel in the 1980s.
She first started on a soft rock that kids could throw, before reworking her idea and eventually crafting her patented design.
“It started as a way of promoting peace, and then I went on to find something that was very calming,” Hettinger said. Read more at The Forward.