The World’s Biggest Yo – Yo (2015)
With its bright design, some have said that this new piece of art work resembles a giant Captain America shield. However it is something quite different when compared to a shield. It’s the world’s biggest yo – yo. Built and tested by the imaginative Beth Johnson from Ohio, United States. She spent 4 years making and perfecting her work of genius. It measures 3.65m in diameter and weighs 2095.6kg! That’s weighing in at approximately the same weight as 23 baby elephants. This whacking yo-yo needed an actual crane to un-wind it. The journey to success wasn’t all fun and games. Beth’s yo-yo managed to crash during 3 of the test runs, before making the record of being the world’s biggest functioning yo-yo.
Why Did Beth Create the Giant Yo-Yo?
Beth Johnson works with her husband Tony. They work together in their own heating air – conditioning business. Very sadly in 2001 Beth developed breast cancer. She undertook medical help which included surgery and chemotherapy. She managed to beat the cancer but came out of it with much on her mind. She wanted to do something big with her life. To quote Beth, “I decided to do something – something that would get my name all over the world.”
From a young age, Beth was interested in yo-yos. She was also interested in the making of things. So when you put the two together, it’s not hard to see how she managed to come up with the idea.
What is the Yo – Yo Made From?
Beth’s yo – yo is constructed from petite parts of lumber cut in a curve shape. These curves are attached to one another to form progressively larger circles. A lucky Amish carpenter was given the job, of making the centre dowel from oak.
What Were the Threats Standing in Beth’s Way?
If you owned a crane company, it would be quite likely that you’d be a rather smart thinking business person. You would be wise with your decisions and wouldn’t make any wrong moves. Now when Beth’s yo-yo was finished, she needed a crane to test it. Unfortunately none of the local Ohio crane companies were willing to put their equipment in danger, over a yo-yo test. At one point Beth thought that getting some test runs on her yo-yo was going to be a hopeless task. After a bit of searching, one of Beth’s relative was lucky enough to find a crane company in Jacksonville, Florida. They were agreeable to the task of testing the yo-yo. Why they agreed …. we aren’t quite sure. One reason could be that the crane company thought it would be a great opportunity for publicity.
I briefly mentioned that the yo-yo saw some crashes during its test runs. The yo-yo was towed 3 times in about a year. However each of these attempts was a fail. On one occasion the chunky nylon rope broke, causing the yo-yo to fall 40 feet. This caused quite a bit of damage to Beth’s pride and joy. At times she really wanted to give up, but her husband was there to support her. He gave her enough encouragement to continue. This support is what helped Beth to see the project through to the end.
How did it all End?
After repairs to the damage, caused by the test runs, the Johnsons made a last effort in hope for a win. It was a September afternoon at Dixie Crane in Cincinnati. Just like a toy model would, there has been video footage to show the yo-yo rotating up and down. Mrs Beth Johnson has successfully secured a Guinness World record. However this lady is definitely a busy bee; she now has her eyes on the record for the world’s largest skateboard.