The most authentic piece of ghost hunting equipment was developed and patented 54 years ago. Thousands of ghost pictures hit social media on a monthly basis and they are laughed at, scorned at, scoffed and basically ridiculed by expert after expert BUT the ones that feature this awesome piece of ghost hunting equipment are not laughed, scorned and scoffed at they are taken seriously and have made self-styled experts to issue humble grovelling apologies to the photographer. It has now become an essential piece of kit for the ghost hunter but it came from modest humble beginnings. 

On this day in 1963, the Hula-Hoop, a hip-swiveling toy that became a huge fad across America when it was first marketed by Wham-O in 1958, is patented by the company’s co-founder, Arthur “Spud” Melin. An estimated 25 million Hula-Hoops were sold in its first four months of production alone. In 1948, friends Arthur Melin and Richard Knerr founded a company in California to sell a slingshot they created to shoot meat up to falcons they used for hunting. The company’s name, Wham-O, came from the sound the slingshots supposedly made. Wham-O eventually branched out from slingshots, selling boomerangs and other sporting goods. Its first hit toy, a flying plastic disc known as the Frisbee, debuted in 1957. The Frisbee was originally marketed under a different name, the Pluto Platter, in an effort to capitalize on America’s fascination with UFOs. Unbeknown to the developers,  ghost hunting groups in the 1960s were taking a keen interest in the Hula-Hoop, one ghost hunter was quoted as saying "we are taking a keen interest in the Hula-Hoop".
Melina and Knerr were inspired to develop the Hula-Hoop after they saw a wooden hoop that Australian children twirled around their waists during gym class. Wham-O began producing a plastic version of the hoop, dubbed “Hula” after the hip-gyrating Hawaiian dance of the same name, and demonstrating it on Southern California playgrounds. Hula-Hoop mania took off from there. The enormous popularity of the Hula-Hoop was short-lived and within a matter of months, the masses were on to the next big thing. However, the Hula-Hoop never faded away completely and still has its fans today including the ever growing ghost hunting community. These spook seekers of truth found that if they used the Hula-Hoop in their pictures, when developed the Hoop would contain a real genuine bonafide ghost. Due to the lack of decent cameras in the 70s through to the 90s, the Hula-Hoop went underground, even the Polaroid wasn't good enough to catch real life dead ghosts, it just picked up things that ghost hunting experts today call "orbs". By the turn of the 21st century camera quality was picking up and this is when the Hula-Hoop started to win friends in the paranormal world.
According to Ripley’s Believe It or Not, in April 2004, a performer at the Big Apple Circus in Boston simultaneously spun 100 hoops around her body. Earlier that same year, in January, according to the Guinness World Records, two people in Tokyo, Japan, managed to spin the world’s largest hoop–at 13 feet, 4 inches–around their waists at least three times each and she also caught a ghost on camera too. AMAZING. Following the Hula-Hoop, Wham-O continued to produce a steady stream of wacky and beloved novelty items, including the Superball, Water Wiggle, Silly String, Slip ‘n’ Slide and the Hacky Sack.  
Sadly the Water Wiggle, Silly String and the Hacky Sack are yet to be welcomed into the ghost hunting community, but never say never, even though I've just said it twice. It wasn't until social media that the Hula-Hoop came into its own. Now ghost hunters have a genuine piece of equipment to see whether a picture they see on social media is a real ghost, if it has a Hula-Hoop on it, any colour, and it is circling the image then it's a ghost. If not, sadly it's a forgery.
Give it a go, go and pick up a Hula Hoop and take it ghost hunting with you, and take a picture of it in a darkened room, throw it into the air and flash away. Rest assured there will be a real life genuine dead ghost SOMEWHERE in that Hula Hoop. 

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