Strike Up the Band

The World’s Largest Ball of Twine and the World’s Largest Ball of Stamps are interesting because they make you think about the amount of time it must have taken to accumulate the twine and stamps. There are other large balls of stuff around the country too. I remember reading about a ball of paint a few years ago. In Gatlinburg last month, I saw a giant rubber-band ball on display at the entrance to Ripley’s Believe It or Not Odditorium.


A much smaller item confounded me recently. I visited an office where the receptionist had a rubber-band ball on display. She didn’t make it herself. She either bought it or received it as a gift. The very existence of it means that there are factory workers somewhere making rubber-band balls for people who are too busy to start their own. Once you buy one, are you supposed to remove the rubber bands from the ball whenever you need one? Or are you supposed to add more rubber bands to it? Perhaps you could buy two and gradually remove rubber bands from one ball and add them to the other.

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