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Dance with spinning wheels
« on: July 17, 2019, 09:35:09 PM »

I was watching a documentary on Aljazeera English about the Kalbelia ethnic group from Rashasthan, India, a gypsy-like people, when they showed a little segment that was almost spintop related:

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Re: Dance with spinning wheels
« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2019, 01:04:14 AM »

cool sequence ! it's quite an act to spin these spinning trays !

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Re: Dance with spinning wheels
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2019, 11:54:50 PM »

In the immortal words of Jerry Lee Lewis, there's a whole lotta spinnin' goin' on!

Video shows many roughly hand-sized amusements and props valued mostly for their spinnability and gyroscopic behaviors (including directional stability and precession). What to call such a thing generically? The category includes true tops, spindulums, and yo-yos but goes way beyond that.

Some authors (e.g., Butikov) have used "gyroscope" almost this broadly, but I think it would conjure overly specific images in most people's minds. Spintoy? Spinthing? Spinnamabob? Spinnamajig? Gyrotoy?
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