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Bob Mc15/11/2019 13:39:00
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Who invented the elastic band, there have been a number of people who claim the invention but I think this one I found whilst googling round is the most likely.....

THE RUBBER band is thought to be an ancient North Korean invention. They were made in such large numbers during the Tan-Gun dynasty that the country's capital was given the name Pyong-Yang after the sound made by people flicking the bands around.

David Legard, Singapore

V8Eng15/11/2019 15:57:55
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I like that explanation.smiley

My own take on it would be ouch followed by a swear word when they snap and get me!

Edited By V8Eng on 15/11/2019 16:17:24

old mart15/11/2019 16:22:26
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I'm not at all sure, but isn't rubber a product originating in South America? And what we now call rubber bands could not have predated Goodyear's invention of vulcanising.

Frances IoM15/11/2019 16:47:33
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I suspect the rubber band in the OP was merely wound up!
V8Eng15/11/2019 16:53:14
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Wikipedia gives this:-


mechman4815/11/2019 16:55:49
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I understand the rubber comes from the rubber tree, plantation grown in Indonesia / Malaysia, & comes from the white sap that runs down cuts made in the bark & known as Gutta Perche. Seemed to have been big business from the 17th - 19th centuries during the 'Empire days' & as far as I know still comes from that area today, not implying it doesn't come from elsewhere too.


p.s. I thought so.


Bazyle15/11/2019 17:06:20
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The rubber tree originated in the Amazon basin. I remember planting some seeds when I lived in Africa aged about 3. I think the hedge we were using them for is still visible on google earth.

Edited By Bazyle on 15/11/2019 17:10:14

JA15/11/2019 17:47:10
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Edison, or Marconi.

They claim to have invented, sorry, patentented everthing.


pgk pgk15/11/2019 18:24:17
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There used to e CB radio user called Lucy Lastic. She might know.


Neil Wyatt15/11/2019 18:32:12
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Posted by pgk pgk on 15/11/2019 18:24:17:

There used to e CB radio user called Lucy Lastic. She might know.


Thank goodness for that.

Usually a sensible question gets lots of daft answers, so this time a silly question got lots fo serious ones!


Hopper15/11/2019 20:03:59
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Glenn Miller?

Anthony Knights16/11/2019 09:51:02
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V8Eng16/11/2019 10:14:58
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The Vulcans Vulcanised them then they were called tyres.

Edited By V8Eng on 16/11/2019 10:16:48

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