There are some questions I have about the world’s first perpetual Slinky escalator. Will this Slinky ever stop slinking? Will the entire rickety machine collapse into a pile of repurposed Ikea particle board and dust? Is this not the world’s most mesmerizing GIF?
If your plans this holiday season involve heading to the mall to battle deal-crazy shoppers just to save a few bucks, might we remind you there are best-selling toys that are already a pretty great bargain all year round?
The Slinky has always been at its most entertaining while walking down a flight of stairs. But it's a short-lived thrill—over as quickly as it started—given most staircases only rise a single story. And that's why some genius, working in some secret laboratory, came up with Project NESM—otherwise known as the Never…
Yes, like a slinky. These marble-looking sculptures that look like they're from Ancient Greece are actually completely malleable, deformable, slinky-like art pieces. You see, the sculptures are made from thousands of sheets of paper to appear solid when still. When you tug at the sculpture though, you can stretch it…
And now, for your Monday morning moment of zen, Slinkys in slow motion. Whether it's dropped from eye level, or from the roof of a building, the bottom of a fully extended slinky will appear to hover in midair when released.
Invented in 1945, the slinky is a nostalgic relic of many people's childhoods. Capture it with a high-speed camera, and it becomes a thing of beauty.
Slinky's, one of the cosmos' perennial enigmas, has one amazing propert you've probably never noticed. But that's okay. Our mortal eyes aren't quick enough to notice—but this slow-mo camera is. It looks like magic! But it's awesome physics.
Don't fret that I'll cramp your style in our giant slinky—there's enough room for 10,000 people. From the deft hand of Russian architect Alexander Remizov comes "The Ark," which he believes could be the future of housing.
"Everything comes to him who hustles while he waits," Thomas Edison once said. But is hustling all it takes? Is progress always deliberate? Sometimes genius arrives not by choice—but by chance. Below are our ten favorite serendipitous innovations.
The environmental movement has gone too far. One of the main draws of the traditional Slinky was its metallic, yet smelly, rings, expanding and contracting like a steel accordion that only played one note. And now, cardboard.
I would've assumed George Lucas' foley had more advanced equipment than this, but judging by how convincing these junkpile-produced sound effects are, maybe not by much. BWAA!! BWAAAA!! etc.