In Paranormality I described how we are all really good at ascribing intentions and emotions to inanimate objects.  The other day I came across this great video of a slinky on a treadmill….

What word comes to mind when you watch the slinky?  Post your answer as a comment and let’s see if we all come up with the same words.


  1. Relentless. The poor thing is being tortured. This is the slinky equivalent of being water boarded. It’s odd how this vid evoked an anthropomorphic response in many when it went around twitter.

  2. Not a word as such but it reminds me of the ‘wrong trousers’ in wallace and gromit.
    My word though would be determined.

  3. Hypnotic.

    I wonder if the background music has an effect on the word choice / emotion. Everyone suggesting epic / relentless / marching etc, very much in line with the music. Change te audio track to something lighty, airy, dreamlike and I’ll bet a whole new vocabulary of words will appear!

    1. What’s interesting is that most people (myself included) are using words that suggest some intent or purpose on the part of the slinky, when in fact it is merely obeying known laws of physics.

  4. Biped, terrible choice of music for the video. Reminds me of the biped robots in Star Wars, yes the ones they bring down by tangling their legs…. A march type music would have been a better choice…

  5. This needs to be made into a gif with a “haters gon’ hate” headline and Stayin’ Alive playing in the background.

  6. “Determined” and/or “resolute” (though much of that’s the musical score — a different accompinament could’ve just as easily seemed ‘silly’ or ‘futile’.)

  7. I had the sound off & it’s more than one word, but “Keep on truckin'” came to the mind of this child of the ’70’s!

  8. Terminator. Determination. Relentless. Threatening(?!). Boring – in the end. I didn’t listen to the music. I put it on mute. So my words might have been different to most (didn’t look). It did go on a bit. I kept thinking when it got to the edge that the slinky was going to fall off the treadmill

  9. Determinator (but that’s because I read too much TV Tropes). I would have died laughing if the music had changed halfway through to “Tiptoe Through The Tulips”.

  10. What about this GIANT slinky going down an escalator…

    Words that come to mind for the giant one are:
    Not quite fast enough… 🙂

  11. Not sure if RIchard has posted it before, but in terms of ascribing intentions and emotions to objects (this one no so inanimate), I found that not much beats this:

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