On Things I Wonder About

Those rubber band balls you can buy at office supply stores?

You know. The ones that are the size of a baseball. Round. Made entirely of rubber bands. And which would probably hurt like a motherfucker if you threw it at someone.

Yeah, those rubber band balls.

How are they made?

Is it a machine? Are they made by hand? Is it someone in a Third World country who gets like a nickel for every single one he assembles?

I’m suddenly imagining factories. Sweet shops, really.

All to make rubber band balls.

Yes, I really wonder about these things.

I blame my migraine.

Published by Allyn

A writer, editor, journalist, sometimes coder, occasional historian, and all-around scholar, Allyn Gibson is the writer for Diamond Comic Distributors' monthly PREVIEWS catalog, used by comic book shops and throughout the comics industry, and the editor for its monthly order forms. In his over ten years in the industry, Allyn has interviewed comics creators and pop culture celebrities, covered conventions, analyzed industry revenue trends, and written copy for comics, toys, and other pop culture merchandise. Allyn is also known for his short fiction (including the Star Trek story "Make-Believe,"the Doctor Who short story "The Spindle of Necessity," and the ReDeus story "The Ginger Kid"). Allyn has been blogging regularly with WordPress since 2004.

One thought on “On Things I Wonder About

  1. You’ll never believe this, but the last time Rachel and I were wandering Wal-Mart, I asked her exactly that question.

    By way or response, she shot me a bewildered look and said, “Let’s keep walking, dummy-bear.”

    I’m gonna go look it up right now!

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