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17-03-1845

The Pervert’s Friend

Rejoice! It was on this day in 1845 that Stephen ‘Rubber Band’ Perry received the patent for the first ever rubber band and suddenly things that had previously flown all over the place no longer flew all over the place.

Since this date, literally hundreds of rubber bands have been manufactured and used, some by pop stars as disparate as Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter and Kraftwerk’s Falk Grieffenhagen. Oh, and postmen, they seem to like them as well.