This cat went through a lot of trouble to mark these stairs as her own, so don't get any ideas about tumbling down after her.
As Nancy Gibbs writes for Time, the worst toys are "overdesigned, overengineered, the product of so much imagination on the part of the toymaker that they require none from the child." That's why Play-Doh is one of my childhood faves.
Betty James, who, with her husband Richard, invented the slinky in 1945, died last week at the age of 90. Although Richard came up with the idea for the iconic coil, Betty named the toy, and the two marketed and demonstrated it together. Moreover, after Richard up and left for a cult in Bolivia in 1959, Betty took…