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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?

18 comments:

  1. What do I do with elastic bands? We use them a lot at work, and I try to avoid breaking them because OW!! Just kidding, mostly. I agree - elastic bands have so many uses. And the related elastic thread in my stretchy pants is the best thing ever :) Thanks for the tip about using them as a gripper. My hands are losing their strength for things like that. I have a flat piece of rubbery material I use but awhile back I appropriated it to put under the phone to keep it from sliding off the counter. Now when I want to open a jar I have to retrieve it, then return it to the telephone spot. Not working for me :)

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    1. You can buy that rubber mat material by the length in supermarkets here, about a metre, rolled up, for a couple of dollars. I have small squares of it under several things, and between my non-stick baking trays. and of course, one in the drawer for opening jars.

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  2. I've tried that rubber band trick. But I have so little strength left in my hands, it doesn't work any more. Not even when I rubber band the bottom half my other hand grips.

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  3. You are right, so many uses...I remember rubber band fights and in school occasionally getting a girls attention by snapping them with a rubber band...surprisingly that was not effective, did not get the attention I was hoping for.

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    1. On a slow day at work we wold shoot them at the ceiling and let them drop like worms on someone's desk. Big fun.

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  4. I do the rubber band gripper thing too. But they need to be wide bands.
    They are incredibly useful little beasts.

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  5. Brilliant man! I hope he had a patent of that.

    I lost a metal lid on a jar. Used plastic wrap held tightly by a rubber band. Worked.

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  6. I use rubber bands for everything. For closing bags of frozen veggies after a serving was removed, to keep lids on that do not stay closed, tie my hair back when it was long. So many uses.

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  7. I never have too many rubber bands. I collect all those that come with flowers and vegetables. I,like you, use them for so many things. My Retired Man tells me that I need not collect them as they are very cheap to buy, Like many things he says, I don’t listen. Waste not, want not..

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    1. Buy them????? Is he nuts??????? I keep every elastic band that comes into the house. Never have too many.

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  8. I agree! I think they are a great invention...and I have many of them here, in use...and prepared to be in use when their use is required!

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  9. My jar of elastic bands ( we called them rubber bands) sits in the top drawer of the chest behind my chair and I rarely touch it. I have one or two in the kitchen in case I need one, but I tend to tie things with a ribbon or bit of tape and for lids I can't get a grip on, I have a small square rubber mat expressly made for opening stuff. It's called a 'grip-it'.

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    1. We use both elastic and rubber bands.....whatever....they are a terrific invention.

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  10. I stash rubber bands any time I can get them. Rarely do I have to buy any because they come on a lot of things and I grab them up. My mother saved them and used them often and so I do the same. I think I read once where someone saved them in a ball and it got so large it wouldn't go out their door.

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  11. Between these and paper clips, i feel like i can almost do anything!

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  12. we use them all the time for many things and I do save them but I have just recently bought a bag, of good ones, foods don't seem to come with them now as much, just broccoli,

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  13. Rubber bands are simply amazing, I keep some handy just in case!
    I didn't know they were invented in 1845 by Stephen Perry.

    All the best Jan

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