The history of toys helps to demonstrate the complicated interactions among different parts of the world. Take the yo-yo, for instance: it originated in ancient Greece before the invention spread, eventually being made popular in the United States by a company founded by a Filipino immigrant to the United States.

Other examples include the jigsaw puzzle, which was devised by an English cartographer as a method to teach geography; Rubik’s Cube, invented by Hungarian professor Ernõ Rubik; and, of course, the boomerang, which originated as a hunting weapon of the Australian Aborigines.

This demonstrates some of the complexity of history, that something as simple as a toy can have far-flung roots.

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