Here is the ultimate Halloween costume for anyone who ever loved playing with a Slinky, that great kids’ toy spring from the same innocent era that brought us the Hula Hoop, Silly Putty and the Frisbee.
Now you can become a human Slinky! For only $1 million! That’s the price that was being asked on eBay. With the costume comes five years’ permission to perform professionally as a Slinky.
In case you’re not sure how to do that, here is Veniamin, the Romanian-born creator of the costume — and his act which has appeared on America’s Got Talent, the David Letterman Show and as the halftime entertainment at a number of professional sports events.
With only a $1 million investment, this could be a brand-new career for you!
In 1943, Navy engineer Richard James was trying to develop better way to monitor warships’ horsepower using tension springs. One of the springs fell to the ground and kept moving — “walking” down a stairs on its own.
That evening, James told his wife Betty, “I think I can make a toy out of this.” The idea caught her fancy — and she came up with a name for it — “Slinky,” from the Swedish word meaning “sleek.” It debuted over the 1945 Christmas season at Philadelphia’s famed Gimbel’s Department Store — selling out their entire stock of 400 in the first 90 minutes.
Today more than 250 million Slinkys have been sold worldwide.
During the 1960s, James suffered an apparent mid-life crisis and deserted Betty, their six children and the thriving Slinky empire, moving to South America to join a Bolivian religious sect. Betty took over the company, replaced the original blue-black Swedish steel with less expensive, silver-colored U.S. metal, then added other toys to the line including Slinky Jr., Slinky Dog, Slinky Pets and Crazy Eyes — glasses with fake eyeballs dangling from Slinkys. She took the to new success with aggressive advertising, including the famous Slinky jingle.
High school teachers and college professors have used Slinkys to simulate the properties of waves, United States troops in the Vietnam War used them as mobile radio antennas, and NASA has used them in zero-gravity physics experiments in space.