Monday, 16 April 2018
A Great Invention
Elastic bands were invented in 1845 by Stephen Perry....let me just stand up here and say 'thank you'. The stretchy bands are more than likely the most important invention in the entire world. I mean really, come on now, what would we do without elastic bands. How would you hold your hair back for one thing. We use elastic bands to hold items together, keep too full boxes closed, I use them on the ends of my knitting needles after a hard days knitting to keep the work from sliding off the end. They hold my needles together in storage. So many uses. How many of us, as kids, made a guitar out of a small box and several elastic bands? I hold my disability permit on the sun visor of the car with elastic bands. Today I discovered a brand new use. We had some severe weather this weekend and so one of my preparations was to keep a thermos of boiling hot water on hand in case we lost power and needed a caffeine hit. When the time came this morning to dump the thermos and clean it out I couldn't get the top off. (the top looks like half an orange) There was no way to grip the darn thing to get it turning. What to do, what to do. I wrapped three elastic bands around the top and used them as a gripper. Worked a treat. What do you do with elastic bands?