50 Engineers Spent Six Months Designing a Fidget Spinner That Set a New World Record

Just when you thought that the fidget spinner fad had gone the way of the dodo bird, hoverboards, and 3D TVs, a Japanese company, MinebeaMitsumi Inc., known for manufacturing electronic components, and Mitsubishi, used 50 engineers to design and build a near-flawless fidget spinner over a six-month period that eventually set a new Guinness World Record.

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Spun by hand and balanced on a single finger, it was one of MinebeaMitsumi Inc.’s employees, Takayuki Ishikawa, who set the new fidget spinner world record with an astonishing spin time of 24 minutes and 46.34 seconds. That might not seem impressive when other world records include people juggling for 12 hours straight, but try holding your finger out, perfectly still, for almost half an hour, and you’ll soon understand why it might be a while before this record falls.

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Have to admit; the fact that Mitsubishi assigned a team of engineers and dedicated six months to creating the world’s greatest fidget spinner sort of warms my heart. If I were Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk this would be the sort of thing I would spend my money on, right after I tasked a team of engineers to create a working parachute umbrella so I could jump out windows a la Mary Poppins/The Penguin. This (among many other reasons) is probably why I’m neither Jeff Bezos or Elon Musk.