World’s Oldest Fidget Spinner

The ubiquitous and annoying fidget spinners seem to have appeared out of nowhere, but Could they have been invented by an ancient civilization?

An interesting photograph has been making the rounds of an artifact from the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute that looks an awful lot like a fidget spinner if fidget spinners were made by ancient Mesopotamians in the Isin-Larsa Period between 2000 and 1800 BCE, which is when the artifact is from.

The three arms and hole in the middle of the clay relic caused museum curators to label it as a “spinning toy with animal heads”… 85 years ago. In fact, a 1932 analysis speculated that the three arms were originally carved heads of a bull, an ibex and a lion – a perfect way for kids to lean about creatures in the days before animal crackers.


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