Throwback Thursday: Skip-It

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Many a child of the 90s will remember this stupid toy with the catchy theme song that was about as creative as the Hot Pockets jingle.

Essentially, you attached a a weight to your ankle and spun it around, hopping (or skipping, if you will) over the over the string.

Or trying to hobble your friends.

The Skip-It was based on a toy from the 1960s called a Lemon Twist, which was basically a lemon-shaped weight on the end of a string. I’m not totally sure why lemons were toys, but whatever. We’ll just chalk it up to being a different time.

This guy knows all about the importance of lemons.
This guy knows all about the importance of lemons.

Skip-Its as they’re currently known were created in the 1980s but they originally looked like whiffle balls attached to a bungee cord.

They look like rejected toys from a fourth grade gym class.
They look like rejected toys from a fourth grade gym class.

They were redesigned in the 1990s to be heavier and with a skip counter so you could keep track of exactly how many times you managed to avoid wrapping the tether around your free leg and whacking yourself in the ankle.

We were our own Annie Wilkes.
We were our own Annie Wilkes.

There was another redesign in 2013 to create a spin-off toy called Twister Rave Skip-It which sounds like a ridiculously unnecessary mash-up that even the writers of “Glee” would think is a bit too much.

You'd need to be on ecstasy to think this is a good idea.
You’d need to be on ecstasy to think this is a good idea.

Rather than try to keep redesigning this toy, perhaps we should just find something else to play with. If we want to do a full throwback to the original Lemon Twist, I’m pretty sure it might be more fun to just throw a bunch of lemons at each other.

Just be careful which lemon tree you pull from.
Just be careful which lemon tree you pull from.
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