Rubber band ball

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A rubber band ball made of over 300 rubber bands.
A rubber band ball made of over 300 rubber bands.

A rubber band ball is a sphere of rubber bands made by using a knotted single band as a starting point and then wrapping rubber bands around the center until the desired size is achieved. The ball is usually made from 100% rubber bands, but some instructions call for using a marble[1] or a ping-pong ball[2] as a starting point.[3][4]

Notable rubber band balls[edit]

The world's largest rubber band ball was created by Joel Waul. He is the current World Record Holder according to the Guinness World Records. The ball, which previously sat under a tarp in Waul's driveway, weighs 9,032 pounds (4,097 kg), is more than 8 feet (2.4 m) tall, and consists of more than 700,000 rubber bands. It set the world record on November 13, 2008, in Lauderhill, Florida.[5] The ball is now owned by Ripley's Believe it or Not!

Steve Milton previously held the record for the biggest rubber band ball. During the construction of his rubber band ball, he was sponsored by OfficeMax, who sent him rubber bands to use for his ball.[6]

Before Steve Milton, the record was held by John Bain of Delaware. His ball weighs around 3,500 pounds (1,600 kg), consisting of over 850,000 rubber bands. The bands were donated by two companies: Alliance Rubber and Textrip/Stretchwell Inc.[4]


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  2. ^ "How to Make a Rubber Band Ball". wikiHow. Retrieved 2017-01-23. 
  3. ^ "What IS Rubber Bands Ball". Retrieved 2017-01-23. 
  4. ^ a b "Frequently Asked Questions". Archived from the original on April 26, 2013. Retrieved 2015-08-18. 
  5. ^ Damien Cave, "In Florida, Fond Farewell for a 5-Ton Ball of Rubber Bands", New York Times (October 29, 2009).
  6. ^ …Steve Milton has one large rubber band ball? at Didnt You Hear… Archived January 8, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.