HAPPY BIRTHDAY SLINKY! 70
The Slinky, which was originally developed by mechanical engineer Richard James as an anti-vibration device for ship instruments, is celebrating its 70th birthday, The New YorkTimes reported. Legend has it that James accidentally knocked some of the springs off his desk and saw them take slinking steps, illustrating their potential as a toy, it reported. More than 300m Slinkys have since been sold.