Slinkies always remind me of a really old, really funny Saturday Night Live skit with Gilda Radnor and Bill Murray where Lisa talked about her father, Mr. Loopner. She explained how he had no spine so was curled up like a slinky in a dog bed. She said he was the inventor of the slinky. he he. The image has never left my warped mind. I love slinkies and even purchased one a few years ago at Restoration Hardware. Unfortunately the stairs (for all levels) at our cabin are too deep, so the slinky can only take one step, then stops. Phooey!