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The Slinky was invented in 1943 by naval engineer Richard James. He was experimenting with tension springs for use on board ships when one of these metal coils fell to the floor and he was fascinated by its walking movement. He decided to market it as a toy and it was given the name Slinky by James' wife Betty who discovered that Slinky means graceful in Swedish.