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6 facts about Slinky: Fun for a girl or a boy

Posted by / July 20, 2010


Who didn’t spend hours as a child sending a Slinky down the stairs? The metal toy has entertained kids and adults alike since it hit Gimbels department store shelves in November 1945. Although, how much do you know about the helical spring toy? Luckily, has the facts about everything, including the Slinky.

  1. During the Vietnam War, U.S. soldiers used Slinkys as mobile radio antennas. 
  2. In 1959, composer John Cage created an avant garde work called “Sounds of Venice” that incorporated the sound of an amplified Slinky.
  3. Slinky is the Official State Toy of Pennsylvania.
  4. Slinky inventor Richard James was a Naval engineer who left his ex-wife to run the company after he became an evangelical missionary in Bolivia.
  5. NASA used the springy toy for zero-gravity psychics experiments in space.
  6. The Slinky song is the longest-running jingle in advertising history.

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  • Rich

    zero-gravity psychics experiments? so were they trying to foretell the future?
    physics works better


  • Bilee

    That is good for a school project

  • Gip


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