Warning: Use Slinkys Properly

Slinky warnings and instructionsThis warning for a Slinky is mildly amusing because Slinkys just don’t seem very dangerous, but it’s the instructions that crack me up.

First, the warning:

CAUTION: Do not use in moving vehicle. Do not throw coils out any window. Keep Slinky away from face and eyes.

Now the instructions, and pay attention because they are complicated:

TO BOUNCE SLINKY UP AND DOWN: Hold a few coils tightly in one hand, allowing rest of Slinky to hang down. Now in a bouncing motion, move hand slowly up and down.

So that’s how you do it.  I never could figure that out.  I was always holding it up. Duh.

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Andrew Jay McClurg is a law professor whose teaching and research interests include tort law, products liability, legal education, privacy law and firearms policy. He holds the Herbert Herff Chair of Excellence in Law at the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law.
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