A phenomenon emerging in the United States, the hand-spinner is also a rage in the businesses and schoolyards of the Nièvre.
Although the hand-spinner has existed for some twenty years, its success in France is very recent. And young Nivernais are not left behind.
Invented in 1997 by an American, the hand-spinner is a kind of top that holds by hand instead of landing on the ground. Composed of three branches around a ball bearing shaft, its rotation speed gives it a stroboscopic effect that tends to focus attention. She came to occupy the hands of the little French a few weeks ago.
In the Nièvre, traders began to have requests “about a month ago” says Franck Congé, director of La Grande Récré in Nevers. “Since then, we have sold a few thousand pieces. “Other stores are out of stock and are struggling to get delivered:” I wanted to place orders in the middle of last week, but the supplier was out of stock, “explains Jean-Luc Duchauffour, head of the Maison Of the Nevers Press.
And this success, the hand-spinner knows it mainly with children and teenagers. If their enthusiasm is real, the teaching body is still struggling to judge the possible discomfort caused by the phenomenon: “We can not say whether it is embarrassing or not, we do not have enough perspective” At the Collège Henri-Wallon in Varennes-Vauzelles.
A fad ?
For the object, which exists in all colors, in flashing or even musical version, has spread like wildfire. It appears a little before the holidays, and is now common in most schools and colleges of the department: “There are many, more and more and every day new,” says Alexandre, assistant school life in René-Cassin college of Cosne-sur-Loire. “It is either to play or to have as buddies. ”
A fashion effect confirmed by the director of Fnac in Nevers, Fabien Picaut: “I did not know the hand-spinner, customers came to ask for it last week. On Friday, two hundred were sold in a day, and there they were recommended; It can last about two months, the time that everyone has one. “