There was a time when the word “Yo-Yo” was a trademark, and it was illegal to call your toy a yo-yo or yoyo unless you were Duncan. Duncan even had the slogan: “If it isn’t a Duncan, it isn’t a Yo-Yo.”

Yo-yos were introduced to the Philippines in the 1800s (previously known as the bandalore). The word “yóyo” was a Tagalog word that means “come and go” or “come back.” After Pedro Flores “invented” the yo-yo, Duncan purchased his company in 1930-32 to mass-produce and market yo-yos to the world, and they still make some of the best. It’s not just because the founder of Flow DNA is also named Duncan that our favourite yo-yos are made by Duncan.

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