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Homemade slinky staircase is the pinnacle of human ingenuity

We're sure you'll agree that this was an extremely necessary DIY project.


Gavia Baker-Whitelaw

Internet Culture

Posted on Aug 3, 2015   Updated on May 28, 2021, 5:58 am CDT

Not content with just watching a slinky toy walk downstairs, Matthias Wandel invented the perfect slinky-only escalator.

Wandel’s slinky machine was carefully tested to be the right size and speed for a slinky toy, allowing the slinky to drop from stair to stair indefinitely. The building and testing process looks like it took a lot of work, but the end result is oddly mesmerizing.

This is human ingenuity right here.

Pointless? Yes. But still undeniably satisfying to watch.

Screengrab via Matthias Wandel/YouTube

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*First Published: Aug 3, 2015, 9:26 am CDT