Quiz: Hooray for Hula Hoops

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4 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

There's much more to the hula hoop than meets the eye. More than a childhood toy or a backyard prop, the hoop is a cultural artifact that has rolled along through much of human history. So step right up, grab a hoop and put your knowledge to the test!

Let's start with an easy one: How many corners does a hula hoop have?

If you went with zero, you're correct. If you missed this one, well, maybe this isn't the quiz for you.

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Which decade gave us the name "hula hoop"?

The hula hoop as we know it today exploded on the scene in 1958, thanks to Wham-O toy company founders Richard Knerr and Arthur "Spud" Melin.

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Which motion picture fictionalized the invention of the hula hoop?

Back in 1994, the Coen brothers gave us "The Hudsucker Proxy," a tale of American idealism, big-business greed and hula hoops. You know, for kids!

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Oh no, a physics question! What allows a hula hoop to continue its movement around your waist after you give it a whirl?

Inertia enables the hoop to continue its movement after your initial application of force, but not for long. As it moves against your body and through the air, friction inevitably slows it down, and gravity causes it to fall.

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Which Greek mythological figure is often depicted with a hoop?

The hero Ganymede often shows up in Greek art with a hoop in one hand and a rooster in the other.

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Those ancient Greeks loved hoop rolling. How did they trick out some of their hoops?

The metal hoop toys of the ancient Greeks often featured bells. Let the good times roll!

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The ancient British enjoyed a battle game in which participants hurled spears at a rolling wooden or metal hoop. What was it called?

The game was known as "kill the hoop," and we can only imagine it cut down on the number of ancient British hoop fitness classes available.

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Which U.S. city hosts the annual World Championship Hoop Dance Contest to celebrate Native American hoop dancing traditions?

The Heard Museum in Phoenix, Ariz., hosts the World Championship Hoop Dance Contest each year. While everyone is invited to watch, the contest itself is only open to Native dancers.

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Some historians of Native American culture believe the Cahokian hoop-and-spear game "chunkey" represented which of the following?

Yes, the two acts are closely linked in Native American folklore. Human life begins with the masculine penetration of the feminine, and the universe itself kicks off with light's penetration of the darkness.

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What do "eurhythmics" have to do with hula hoops?

The late 1800s and early 1900s saw the introduction of hoop dancing into the world of physical fitness as Switzerland's Émile Jaques-Dalcroze incorporated the hoop into his eurhythmics training system for musicians and dancers.

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How much did a hula hoop cost in 1958 America?

The going rate was $1.98 for a colorful Wham-O! Brand Hula Hoop. By the end of 1958, sales exceeded $45 million.

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Which first lady hula hooped on the White House lawn during an event promoting childhood fitness?

In 2009, U.S. first lady Michelle Obama hula hooped on the South Lawn of the White House to promote exercise and healthy eating for children.

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According to a 2011 study sponsored by the American Council on Exercise, the average person burns how many calories during a half hour of hula hooping?

Thirty minutes of hooping will burn roughly 210 calories! To put that in perspective, the average 154-pound (70-kilogram) person burns approximately 220 calories during a half hour of heavy yard work or vigorous weight lifting.

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Fitness hoopers sometimes use hoops augmented with what feature?

Specially weighted hoops can boost a workout session.

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Which actor credits hoop fitness classes for helping her get in shape for her role as a stripper?

That would be Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei. She attended fitness classes to get in shape for her role in 2008's "The Wrestler."

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Which of the following is NOT used to make hula hoops glow during concerts, festivals or other nighttime events?

White phosphorus is a no-go since it can be extremely dangerous and toxic when exposed to oxygen, but by all means festoon your hoop with LED lights or, gulp, fire.

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In 2003, Israeli artist Sigalit Landau used a hula hoop made of what material in a provocative video piece?

Sigalit Landau's "Barbed Hula" depicts the artist's nude torso as she twirls a barbed wire hula hoop around her waist on an otherwise peaceful Israeli beach.

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Which video game fighting franchise features a character with a weaponized hula hoop?

The 2005 fighting game Soulcalibur III featured a female fighter named Tira who, in addition to dressing like a Cirque du Soleil performer, brandishes a hoop-shaped weapon called "the Eiserne Drossel."

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Ukraine's Anna Bessonova used a hula hoop during the Beijing 2008 Olympics. Which event was it?

Sorry fans of hula hoop judo, Bessonova whipped out her hoop during the gymnastics rhythmic individual all-around qualification at the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

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If planetary rings were hula hoops, then how many planets in our solar system currently would be hula hoop enthusiasts?

There are four planets in our solar system with rings: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune.

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