Everyone told Ralphie in A Christmas Story not to wish for a BB gun because he would just "shoot his eye out." Well, now 21st century parents will have to repeat that old phrase for yet another toy. If you've been following the news lately, then you know exactly what device we're talking about. Yes, that's right, we're talking about the insanely popular fidget spinners.
Although fidget spinners were designed to help stressed-out children calm down, almost every child is anxious to get their little hands on one. However, these spinning contraptions aren't exactly a "safe" toy in the wrong hands.
One 11-year-old Australian boy, Isaac, almost whacked an eyeball out of its socket with one of these spinners. Luckily for him, Isaac just clipped the side of his eye. His injuries could've been much, much worse.
Molly, Isaac's mother, is now sounding the alarm on the dangers of letting kids play with these spinners unattended. She told reporters that her son was outside throwing the spinner up in the air and catching it. At one point, Isaac got a bit more daring and threw the spinner up way too high. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to catch it, and the spinner fell into the corner of one of his eyes.
Once the spinner hit Isaac's eye, Molly heard a "crunch." When she examined Isaac's face, she saw that the device left a slight scar on the corner of one of his eyes. If the toy hit just a few millimeters closer to his eyeball, Isaac could've been completely blinded.
Today, Isaac has lost peripheral vision in one of his eyes. Molly says that he now suffers from scarring that severely limits his vision. Isaac now has to turn his neck to see things clearly on his side.
Molly's Facebook post on poor little Isaac instantly went viral. She posted pictures of Isaac and his injury as a cautionary tale for other youngsters playing with these popular toys.
Fidget spinners look just like a propeller and have a ball bearing in the center that causes them to spin. Users are supposed to hold the device in the center with their fingers and flick the propeller. These toys are now available in different colors and some even glow in the dark.
Fidget spinners were supposed to be used as stress relievers for children with ADHD. Nowadays, these spinners seem to be causing even more stress for most grade school teachers. Numerous schools have banned these devices because students are so distracted by them during lessons.
Many kids are now inventing wild games and tricks using these spinners. For example, some students try to see who can make their device spin for the longest duration of time.
Interestingly, the inventor of these fidget spinners, Catherine Hettinger, hasn't made a penny off of her device. She said she only made these spinners to keep her daughter entertained. Hettinger failed to renew her patent for £310 before the spinning sensation took over the globe. Most fidget spinners cost around £1 each.