Nothing says Christmas like a good old-fashioned brawl in the isles of some big-box store over the latest toy. From the Cabbage Patch scare of the 80s to the heightened tensions of the Tickle-Me-Elmo craze of the 00s, toy trends in America are one of the clearest barometers of our social health — or lack thereof. The latest in must-have useless plastic is the fidget spinner. But where did it come from? What is its history? The Nerdwriter digs deep into the mysterious origins of the newest toy fad.