Kids love rubber bands. Adults too, really.
Rubber bands can be a child's first real introduction into the stretchy and bouncy world of elastomers.
They can be used as low-impact weaponry against both siblings and friends, made into balls or used to power toy plane propellers. Many rainy afternoons of childhood boredom have been overcome by these flexible, colorful, rubbery rings.
Let's face it, rubber bands were fidget spinners before there were fidget spinners.
Whether they are called rubber bands, gum bands or elastic loops, these humble workhorses of home, business and office are ubiquitous.
Aside from their obvious utilitarian applications, rubber bands have some surprising uses. Here are just five of them that caught our fancy.
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