Do you ever have a jingle from the past pop into your head? It happened to me the other day, perhaps rekindled by all the toy commercials we see during the holiday season. Here’s what I was singing in my head (thankfully I didn’t sing it out loud . . . believe me, nobody would want to hear that!) “What walks down stairs, alone or in pairs, and makes a slinkity sound? A spring, a spring, a marvelous thing! Everyone knows it’s Slinky.”
Do you know how the Slinky came into being? In the early 1940’s, Richard James was developing springs that could support and stabilize sensitive instruments aboard ships in rough seas (from Wikipedia). One day he accidentally knocked a spring off of a shelf. Seeing the spring step, recoil, and stand upright, he could see the potential of making the spring “walk.” He hurried home to share the idea with his wife, and thus the popular Slinky was born.
From one decade to the next, you can see how kids still have fun with the Slinky:
- 1960’s http://youtu.be/EZL6RGkPjws
- 1970’s http://youtu.be/1hayCTb3PNk
- 1980’s http://youtu.be/QUe8CS-Ov7w
- 1990’s http://youtu.be/vRDKc4admoM
- 50th anniversary http://youtu.be/bEiVs9UqMI4
- Geico and Slinky http://youtu.be/X6Um006_gLw
What a fabulous thing it is to take a simple accident and turn it into something so successful. We never know what will spur new ideas and innovation. So whenever your creativity starts to run dry just think of the Slinky . . . your next big idea could be when you least expect it.
About the Author
Heather Kuss is the Digital Marketing Specialist at Sage Construction and Real Estate. She is passionate about providing the best customer experience possible. On her down time she loves to spend time walking, hiking, reading, knitting, and spending time with friends and family. Follow her on Twitter at SageHeather