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Spoof Bracelets[edit]

I have in front of me a selection of "spoof" bracelets (my own nomenclature) from two different sources, still in their protective plastic wrappings. Some reference the "seven deadly sins" (I have a purple "vanity" and a blue "sloth") and others simply mock the positive messages of the typical chinese-made livestrong knockoff (I have "despair" and "nihilism" both in black). All these bracelets appear to have been made in china for a seattle vendor of fashion novelties. I have not added this information to the article because it represents objective physical truth, which is no longer welcome in Wikipedia - wikipedia having become a mere collection of "cites" due to the increasing sociopathic neuroticism of the Wikipedian community. I have no cites - only reality, which is no longer sufficient for wikipedia.

why "gel?"[edit]

Looking at the "livestrong" bracelet on my friend's wrist, and the array of spoof bracelets previously mentioned, I don't understand why anyone would call them "gel" bracelets. They are not in any way gelid, as that term is used locally. In my area, roughly mid-atlantic East Coast USA, they are called "rubber band bracelets" because they are distinguishable from thick rubber bands only by having writing on them. Is "gel" a briticism?

Could we have some dates please, and a link to a newspaper article about the banning. --perfectblue 15:52, 10 February 2006 (UTC)perfectblue97

i thought jelly bracelet is more associated with emo/goth kind of thing, instead of sex! Yiyun 05:19, 23 September 2006 (UTC)

  • My personal impression of "gel bracelets" are those silicon O-ring-style bands people used to wear in quantity as a fashion statement in the 1980s, often with all of them either in black or a variety of neon hues. The "Livestrong" bracelet style is different, and doesn't look so much like "jelly" as those bands. (I don't even think of it as part of the same fad, as the article seems to suggest; I sort of associate these more closely with friendship bracelets, as wearing one implies solidarity with a cause.) Maybe the "Charity awareness bracelet" section should be merged into the Livestrong wristband article, and the image for this article should be changed to show the bracelets I described? B7T (talk) 08:13, 15 November 2010 (UTC)

-- Same here, I thought the jelly bracelts were the O-shaped bracelts that come in different colors people wore in the 80s. They are cylindrical, unlike the flat Livestrong bracelets. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:29, 27 May 2011 (UTC)

Color chart[edit]

Does anyone besides me think that there should be a color chart or something that describes what each color represents? // DecaimientoPoético 20:02, 10 March 2007 (UTC)

There really should be a color chart.  Chantessy  14:45, 6 August 2007 (UTC)

"Can somebody please add yellow to mean the cancer and livestrong idea. Also, open it up to other colors, there are so many out there!"

Do you mean for the charity bracelets, or the urban legend? If it's the former, perhaps, but it should be sourced. If it's the latter, then no, as it seems to vary from location to location.--Cúchullain t/c 20:53, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
Additionally, the awareness bracelets are covered at wristband; such a chart should probably go there.--Cúchullain t/c 20:54, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
It was the second one, but after reading through a website I got from a G-search (I can't find the site right now), you're certainly right about them varying. // DecaimientoPoético 21:06, 10 March 2007 (UTC)
I think a color chart would certainly be useful. Something like the List_of_awareness_ribbons which would make it easy to add new meanings. Some of them are not really charity, for example an orange bracelet with the text "Long live the king" is quite popular in Thailand. Ateras 13:27, 13 May 2007 (UTC)

I'm pretty sure they've got the wrong kind of bracelets for the urban legend. The urban legend applies to thinner bands, as below: The others (the charity ones) are difficult to break, making the urban legend false to it's definition. -- 10:15, 4 May 2007 (UTC)lea

Agreed, those were the ones everyone used to use as fuckbands at my old college anyway. Are the any references for awareness bracelets being used as fuckbands? (talk) 02:05, 10 August 2008 (UTC)

School spirit[edit]

Ive added the fact that they are used for school spirit(bought one yesterday!)

Could someone add some other school names that have theese?

It is in a tye dye of the school colors(orange, black, white) - -- - C2wmaster (talk • contribs) 22:13, August 21, 2007 (UTC).


I realize the article isn't very long, and splitting it up would basically make 2 stubs, but aren't these two distinctly different kinds of bracelets? I followed a link here that said "awareness bracelets" and was confused when I saw the urban legend section. I'd heard of the urban legend before, but thought it was the other kind of bracelet (it'd be really hard to snap a livestrong bracelet off someone's hand). CallmeNiel 10:18, 28 September 2007 (UTC)

I merged them together because I was under the impression they were two styles of the same bracelet (or at least that they weren't different enough to warrant 2 articles). If I was wrong, we should follow your suggestion.--Cúchullain t/c 19:58, 28 September 2007 (UTC)
There's a thicker one, made from silicon rubber, which is the awareness bracelet. Then there's the very thin one often made from plastic, the thin plastic one is the one that suppostly grants boys a sex token if he breaks one. User: cecikierk
agreed. there are two different types, and they should be split. the thick "Livestrong" type is completely different in material, style, and shape from the Sex Bracelets and should be split. Skiendog (talk) 19:40, 2 March 2008 (UTC)

Still standing reference[edit]

There seems to be a small reference to this in an episode of Still standing, does it deserve a mention perhaps? The controversy I mean because they mention bracelets with similar purposes144.135.180.109 (talk) 04:54, 17 June 2008 (UTC)


How about the mention of Colbert's Wriststrong bracelets?

How about no. --Almosteverywhere (talk) 02:07, 4 March 2009 (UTC)


These are not the REAL 'gel' or 'jelly' bracelets from the 80's. Why no section on the true progenitor of the bracelets pictured? This is linked off 80's fads, and I assure you, NO ONE wore thick Lance Armstrong-style bracelets. Real jelly bracelets, please. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 17:36, 24 August 2008 (UTC)

Agreed. They look more like this:
Not the thicker bands shown. Big Samus (talk) 20:54, 17 January 2009 (UTC)

Definitely. These are not jelly bracelets and are incorrectly linked. See the JPG above for an accurate depiction of jelly bracelets. Dark Gravity (talk) 07:45, 29 January 2009 (UTC)

Not Totally An Urban Legend[edit]

I'd like to say that I was in middle school when this fad was popular and the girls who wore them did know the meanings and boys broke them accordingly. I'm sure nothing sexual ever happened as a result, but the meaning was known and played upon by the kids before any mention on the news about it. I don't have any sources to back up what kids did at my middle school, but I know that the whole notion isn't a fabrication.

-Colleen3217, Jan. 3, 2010 (not logged in/I don't know how to do the sig thing) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:09, 3 January 2010 (UTC)

The "whole notion" is that "sexual things happen as a result". So if you're saying, Not, then, what you're saying has no bearing whatsoever regarding "fabrication". -- (talk) 04:53, 23 July 2010 (UTC)


Silicon and silicone are different things. Gel bracelets aren't made of Silicon, the closest would be Silicone Neosiber (talk) —Preceding undated comment added 01:09, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

The silicone category is intended for silicone compounds, not items containing silicone. There is no category for silicone containing items. The next best category would be silicon. Plasmic Physics (talk) 01:26, 14 April 2013 (UTC)
Note that 'Silicones' is located within 'Silicon compounds', whereas 'Silicon' is not. Plasmic Physics (talk) 02:01, 14 April 2013 (UTC)
Which is why I changed it to Silicones, Gel Bracelets either belong in Silicone rubber or Silicones, it makes no sense to put it into Silicon. Neosiber (talk) 02:05, 14 April 2013 (UTC)
Silicones category is general as well, it has other things that aren't silicone compounds as well, Medical grade silicone for example. Neosiber (talk) 02:09, 14 April 2013 (UTC)
'Medical grade silicone' is a type of silicone, it does not describe the product, but instead the material itself, which is a compound. 'Silicones' is not meant to be general. Moreover, it is categorised using the aterisk key, to signiy that it describes a class of compounds, rather than a single compound.
I'm not following the logic. Why does it not make sense to put in under silicon. For that matter, why categorise it according to what it is fabricated from at all? Plasmic Physics (talk) 02:14, 14 April 2013 (UTC)
How about we remove the tag completely then? Neosiber (talk) 02:23, 14 April 2013 (UTC)
That suits me as well. Plasmic Physics (talk) 02:50, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

Most commonly used color meanings[edit]

This table keeps being removed or vandalised, so I'm putting it here for future reference.--Auric (talk) 22:28, 15 July 2012 (UTC)

Color Meaning
     Black Intercourse
     Red Mutual oral
     Blue Oral sex
     White / Clear Willingness to do "whatever the snapper wants".
     Yellow Hugging
     Pink Flash breasts
     Green Fondling
     Orange Love bite
     Purple Kissing
     Gold (Golden) All of the above