Making rubber bands is incredibly labor intensive


#1

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#2

Damn! Rick and Morty has now ruined any “how X are made” videos for me; I can’t help but continuously think about how Plumbuses are made! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMJk4y9NGvE


#3

so many ways to lose a finger!


#4

Don’t worry, there’s no union to complain about safety.


#5

My great-great-grandad was a “bandy stitch” in a Rangoon rubber band factory in the 1890s. They used to hand cut little strips of thin rubber, fold them over into a loop, then hand stitch on a little anvil with a jig that looked like a four-eyed planarian, very distinctive shape, that. He barely escaped with his hands attached after getting caught half-twisting the bands into Möbius strips as a protest against the poor quality lunch noodles they were served. He escaped to Manila, where he met my great-great-grandma after he got a new job in the big envelope factory.


#6

The history is just as complicated as the manufacture:


#7

Good to know though that the guys working in the talcum powdered part of the factory have their respiratory system well protected by those trusty patches of thin fabric.


#8

Reminds me of a pasta factory.


#9

*pshaw. Yeah right. :roll_eyes:

I know where pasta actually comes from.


#10

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