Oct 11, 2011

Collecting Rubber Bands

Who collected the most rubber bands to make the biggest rubber band ball in the world? And where is it? These are the kinds of things I wonder about.

According to Wikipedia, Joel Waul holds the Guinness World Record for the largest rubber band ball. It weighs in at 9,400 lbs and is over 8 feet tall. It was purchased by Ripleys Believe It Or Not.

The previous record holders were Steve Milton and John Bain

One last item regarding big balls: In my rubber band ball research I found a most hilarious stream of comments on the wonderful website "Roadside America." (Which if you are not familiar is a great resource for all the wacky and weird roadside attractions worth seeing across America.) The stream starts around 2000 with an entry about a corner store owner in the Mission in S.F. who was constructing a rubber band ball in his shop. Two pages chronicle visitors interactions with this rubber band ball builder over a 10 year period. It is a good read. Starting with "We stumbled upon the rubber band ball (covered up with blankets and an american flag) while trying to buy beer..."

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