Slinky Day Saturday 30th August – Homage to the Slinky
To celebrate Slinky Day we thought we’d offer you a tribute to the world’s most popular spring in all its tangle-y, stair-descending glory!
The weirdest piece of Slinky history we can give you, (which is always a good place to start), is that founder Richard James, who invented the Slinky by chance in the 1940s, suffered from a sort of ‘mid-life crisis’ in the ‘60s and joined a Bolivian cult.
Around 1960 James abandoned his wife Betty, six children, and his business in order to take up with his new religious friends/cult members. Funny/depressing as this is, it turned out to be arguably the best thing that could have happened to the Slinky Empire.
Betty James (my new feminist heroine!) took over her husband’s company, rescued it from debts run up thanks to Richard’s donations to his new spiritual chums, and made Slinky the phenomenon it became. It was Betty who created the famous Slinky jingle and advertising campaign which turned it in to a huge success.
Who knew the history of the Slinky was actually a story of girl power?!
Everyone who ever owned a Slinky remembers pushing them down the stairs as kids, and the sad, furious frustration that came with getting one tangled up. Seriously, did ANYONE ever manage to get one untangled?!
As we’ve all ‘matured’, and pop culture has evolved, today in 2014 we can enjoy hilarious videos of pets playing with Slinkys, or cats pretending to be Slinkys coming down the stairs! Ah, a Slinky really is the gift that keeps on giving!
In the name of unbiased research, I should mention that Richard James’ cult have also been described as just being “exceptionally enthusiastic” about religion, and so leave you to form your own opinions about the inventor’s spiritual adventures!
Here are a few videos to keep you springy-ly entertained:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dR6NqF-KmDI - cat pretending to BE a slinky!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lTde2HDcW7E - dog vs slinky
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltwxC19s5u8 – Ace Ventura and a slinky – THE BEST!!
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