The Invention of the Slinky

The Invention of the Slinky: The Slinky, a simple coiled spring toy, was accidentally invented by naval engineer Richard James in 1943. He was trying to create springs that could stabilize ship equipment at sea. One of the springs fell off a shelf and tumbled end-over-end across the floor, and James realized its potential as a toy. The Slinky was born and has since become an iconic and popular plaything, despite its simple design.