Zack Hample

FAQs about the rubber band ball

 

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  • How much does your rubber band ball weigh?

    • 313 pounds.

  • Can you lift it?

    • HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!! No.

  • How big is it?

    • The diameter is 25 inches.

  • How big are you going to make it?

    • I'm limited by the width of the door to my apartment. If the ball gets much bigger, I won't be able to get it out.

  • When did you start your rubber band ball?

    • When I was four. My older cousin had one, and he was the coolest guy in the world, so I had to have one too. My mom actually started it for me because I wasn't able to wrap the bands around it at the time.

  • You've spent decades working on a rubber band ball?

    • It's just a part-time thing. At this point, I only add a pound per month, which takes about an hour.

  • What's in the center of the ball?

    • Rubber bands.

  • No, in the VERY center. Did you start with a ping pong ball or something?

    • Hell no, that's cheating! My ball is 100 percent rubber bands.

  • But how do you start with nothing?

    • You don't start with nothing. You start with a rubber band, preferably a big one. Just fold it over a few times and then carefully wrap other bands around it. This is what the center of a rubber band ball should look like.

  • Does it bounce?

    • It certainly does. Here's a video of it being dropped several times by a forklift at the Discovery Channel studios in Canada.

  • Does it float?

    • No clue. I never had the guts to try this particular experiment. I suspect that if it got wet, the water would seep into the core and slowly rot the entire ball from the inside out.

  • How do you find rubber bands that are big enough?

    • I order the tan bands from a company in Pennsylvania that specializes in industrial-strength office supplies, and I get the colored bands from a small distributor in New York City.

  • How big are the bands?

    • The tan and red bands are 12 inches long. The green ones are 14 inches, and the blue ones are 17 inches. 

  • Isn't this expensive?

    • Not really because I buy them in bulk. Adding to the ball was more expensive in its early stages when I used tiny bands that came in small packages.

  • Were you always the superstar of show-and-tell?

    • Yes.

  • Do you have the record for the largest rubber band ball?

    • Not even close. The biggest ball in the world weighs more than four tons. The guy who made it got sponsored by a rubber band company and lives in the country, where space isn't an issue.

  • How do you prevent the outside layer of the ball from deteriorating?

    • I make sure to keep adding to it. Each fresh layer preserves the bands beneath it.