Spring into action on August 30! Slinky photo by Roger McLassus – Creative Commons Licensing
It's Slinky Day.
Who remembers this popular coiled spring toy, which clinks and clanks and steps downstairs all by itself?
The Slinky first appeared in the 1940s, created by American naval engineer Richard James. Apparently James invented the classic plaything by accident. He was working on a set of metal springs for shipboard instruments. Suddenly, a section of spring fell off his laboratory shelf and stepped down several stacks of books, papers and counter before landing in a neat upright stack.
A legend was born.
Celebrating this auspicious occasion, August 30 th is Slinky Day. Grab a metal Slinky (or even one of the newer rainbow-colored plastic varieties), and let it run your staircase. Fan the coiled spring back and forth between your hands for a super stress-buster.
Or simply sit back and wax nostalgic by watching this old Slinky television commercial. Just try not to sing along. See? You can't help yourself!
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