Readers may recall my post of November 11th, 2013, in which I, somewhat tongue in cheek, announced my new “officially amazing” status, as the Guinness World Record Holder for the largest collection of cookbooks, which numbered 2,970 at the time. The collection has not shrunk, and in fact has grown exponentially to somewhere in the neighbourhood of 4,700.
So, it was with amusement that in the Sunday, February 22nd, 2015 edition of The Albuquerque Journal, I read about another New Mexico Guinness Record Holder, Susan Suazo of Los Lunas, New Mexico, who is now the official Guinness World Record Holder for the largest collection of Slinkys. Susan’s Slinky collection numbers 1,054.
All of those readers “of an age”, will remember “Slinky” and most, including myself, had one. Our house at the time had a lovely staircase to the second floor, and I would spend an inordinate amount of time watching “Slinky” make it’s way down each step, undulating and wobbling, until it hit the bottom and neatly coiled itself into something resembling a cobra waiting to attack. In some ways, it was like having a small, inanimate pet. I had the original metal slinky, made of a gray coloured steel and certainly nothing fancy. In Susan Suazo’s collection, she apparently has all manner of Slinkys including metal ones, plastic ones, ones that glow in the dark, and in a variety of colours and patterns, shapes and sizes.
But, I ask, what can you do with a Slinky? You can’t read from it, can’t cook from it, and can’t learn anything from it, so why collect Slinkys? Probably for the same reason that some people collect cookbooks. Because we can.