"Fidget spinners" are toys that initially caught on as a way to help kids with anxiety. Some special needs teachers have said they're helpful when it comes to keeping some autistic children calm. But now, they've exploded as the next big fad. And schools are not happy about it. According to WILX.com, the Lansing School District thinks they're distracting enough to ban students from playing with them in class.

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The sad story from behind the scenes is told by MSN.com. The original fidget spinners were invented in the 1990s by a woman named Catherine Hettinger, as a way to entertain her seven-year old daughter. Catherine held the patent on the original version, but didn't have the $400 she needed to renew the patent in 2005. So she let it go - along with the millions of dollars she would have made on it by now.

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