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TOLEDO, Ohio -- A new and sinister fad called Silly Bandz is snaking its way through the American school systems, and authorities are fearful. Many schools have banned the novelty bracelets as a distraction, citing obsessive behavior of children collecting, trading, and even committing crimes for want of them.
The toys come in dozens of shapes, colors, and themes, and can be used as a regular rubber band. On someone's wrist, they look like a regular bracelet, and when taken off they revert to their original shape. They are often worn many at a time, like sleeves, and are traded like other collectibles.
|Parts of this article were originally sporked from Wikipedia:Silly Bandz.|
The idea was inspired by shaped silicone office products that were created with the hopes of being a green product. They did not work as companies did not want to spend that much on rubber bands. They were then made larger to fit as bracelets and re-branded as Silly Bandz by Robert Croak. The toys are sold in packs of 24 for about $4.95. A number of competing manufacturers make the product. BCP Imports, located in Toledo, Ohio, supplies Silly Bandz as well as the Livestrong wristbands. more...