LORENTZWEILER — A hand spinner that in the summer of 2017 was celebrated by an entire Luxembourg primary school has now ended up in a heap of rubbish, unrecognized and uncherished.
The metallic item, which measures 7.5 centimeters in diameter, won every contest it was entered into, earning it the title of “the best in the history of the world” by observers who watched it spin, seemingly without end.
Ajay Guha, 10, the proud owner of the hand spinner, would parade around the school grounds with the item held high above his head while children would lower their eyes in respectful awe.
However, only a few short months later, the prized possession, once revered for its fearsomely simple yet effective design, was totally forgotten as hand spinners fell rapidly out of fashion, and as slime took over as the latest must-have toy.
On Tuesday, the boy’s mother Farzana found the item at the bottom of an old sack of toys she discovered while tidying her son’s room.
“This looks familiar,” she said, absentmindedly spinning it. For a moment she considered trying to sell the item or give it away, but she remembered that the demand for hand spinners is so low that they are now offered as bottom-tier prizes at the Schueberfouer.
She then tossed it in the rubbish bin next to an ordinary yogurt container, which experts say will remain the hand spinner’s most interesting company for the next 1000 to 10,000 years.