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Friday, 26 December 2014

Elastic Band

An elastic band (also known as a rubber band or gum band) is a loop of rubber, usually ring shaped, and commonly used to hold multiple objects together.

Stephen Perry of the London-based rubber manufacturing company Messrs Perry & Company, patented the world’s first elastic bands on March 17, 1845. The sleeves of vulcanised rubber chopped into bands were invented to hold papers or envelopes together.

Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar made so much money, he spent over $2,500 every month just on rubber bands to bundle up his stacks of cash.

The Royal Mail spends £1 million a year on a billion red rubber bands. British postmen get through 342 million red rubber bands a year.

The world’s largest rubber band ball weighs 9,032lb and is made of 700,000 rubber bands.

Elastic bands last longer when refrigerated.

Source The Independent

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