Origins of 10 Classic Toys

Last month, our very own Stacy (who just survived a freaky accident involving a downed power line - glad you're ok, Stacy!) wrote a very neat post over at mental_floss about the background stories of 10 classic toys.

Take, for instance, Slinky:

Slinky was invented by Naval engineer Richard James. He knocked a spring off of a shelf when he was working to develop springs that could keep ship instruments stable in choppy waters. The spring did what a Slinky does… it stepped down to a stack of books, then to the table, and then to the floor, where it righted itself into a cylinder. James knew it would be a great toy, and tests by neighborhood kids proved him right.

Link - via i met a possum

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What rolls down stairs, alone or in pairs,
rolls over your neighbors dog. It fits on your back, its great for a snack, LOG LOG LOG!

Its log, its log, its big its heavy its wood! Its log, its log, its better than bad, its good!

Everyone wants a log. Your gonna love it log. Come and get your log! Everyone needs a log!

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