10 Products Which Were Invented In Unusual Ways

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9. Slinky

The Slinky is the epitome of an eccentric toy for children. We have all seen the ads and wanted one. But what if we told you that the Slinky was not invented for entertainment purposes?

In the mid-1940s, Richard James was a mechanical engineer who invented the Slinky as a device to monitor a ship’s movement. Some expensive equipment had to remain steady on rough seas. While developing the product, James accidentally knocked it from a shelf and watched it “walk” away.

It is difficult to imagine this scene without hearing the song from the old Slinky commercials. “It’s Slinky; it’s Slinky. For fun, it’s a wonderful toy. It’s Slinky; it’s Slinky. It’s fun for a girl or a boy!”[2]

Ah, nostalgia.

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