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The Simple Patent That Conquered the World of Toys

After 70 years the Slinky just keeps on slinking on.

The iconic Slinky is both one of the best and worst toys of all time—best because the oversized spring will captivate the imagination any child in the world; worst because that captivation will last about five minutes and the toy will likely be discarded, never to be played with again. But I had one as a kid, and you probably did too, and after 70 years the Slinky just keeps on slinking on.

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