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Spinning Tops
Spinning Tops
A top, or spinning top, is a toy that can be spun on an axis, balancing on a point. This motion is produced by holding the axis firmly while pulling a string. An internal weight then rotates, producing an overall circular motion. The top is one of the oldest recognizable toys found on archaeological  sites. Spinning tops originated independently in cultures all over the world. Besides toys, tops have also historically been used for gambling  and prophecy. Some role-playing gamers still use tops to augment dice  in generating randomized results; it is in this case referred to as a spinner. A thumbtack  may also be made to spin on the same principles.
From traditional metal carousel and wooden spinning tops to the more modern upside down flip tops.
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