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.
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.
Some historians of Native American culture believe the Cahokian hoop-and-spear game "chunkey" represented which of the following?
the beginning of the universe
both of the above
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.
"Eurythmics" lead singer Annie Lennox popularized the use of hula hoops as a 1980s fashion accessory.
Hoops were used in the late 1800s and early 1900s eurhythmics fitness training system.
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.
The use of hoop toys in Victorian England was reported to cause a debilitating spinal condition known as "eurhythmics."
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.
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."