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I wouldn't venture out there fellas. This sniper's got talent.

The Ultimate Guide to Shooting Rubber Bands.
posted by zarq on Nov 20, 2013 - 10 comments

 

Rubber ducky in Pittsburgh!

Giant rubber duck coming to Pittsburgh The large rubber ducky already made its debut in Hong Kong. Now it's headed to the Steel City. Watch out, yinz!
posted by kbennett289 on Jun 15, 2013 - 28 comments

Rubber Ducky, you're my very best friend, it's true!

We've read about Florentijn Hofman's giant rubber duck before (previously), and it made it's way earlier this week to Hong Kong to spread joy :D

Well, unfortunately, the duck was also viciously murdered (warning: may be graphic to younger viewers), and many already blame chinese mainlanders for it. [more inside]
posted by yeoz on May 18, 2013 - 23 comments

Drop in For a Bounce

A pub can be the lifeblood of a neighborhood, a place of safety and comfort. But sometimes, you find yourself in a publess zone; sometimes you need one right here, right now. Sometimes you need an inflatable pub. [more inside]
posted by 23 on Feb 20, 2013 - 16 comments

A Hobbit Hole means comfort.

Balloon Bag End. Guy creates Hobbit hole with air and rubber.
posted by kinnakeet on Nov 11, 2012 - 53 comments

Just For The Fun Of It

Collector's Weekly offers us a history of the condom in the United States.
posted by gman on Aug 18, 2012 - 22 comments

Listening to the past, recorded on tin foil and glass, for the first time in over a century

Towards the end of the 1800s, there were three primary American groups competing to invent technology to record and play back audio. Alexander Graham Bell worked with with Charles Sumner Tainter and Chichester Bell in at their Volta Laboratory in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., while Thomas A. Edison worked from his Menlo Park facilities, and Emile Berliner worked in his independent laboratory in his home. To secure the rights to their inventions, the three groups sent samples of their work to the Smithsonian. These recordings became part of the permanent collections, now consisting of 400 of the earliest audio recordings ever made. But knowledge of their contents was limited to old, short descriptions, as the rubber, beeswax, glass, tin foil and brass recording media are fragile, and playback devices might damage the recordings, if such working devices are even available. That is, until a collaborative project with the Library of Congress and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory came together to make 2D and 3D optical scanners, capable of visually recording the patterns marked on discs and cylinders, respectively. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief on Feb 10, 2012 - 21 comments

Dilatant Compound 3179

We went into the Doubleday bookshop at Fifth Avenue and Fifty Second Street the other day, intending, in our innocence, to buy a book, and found all the clerks busy selling Silly Putty, a gooey, pinkish, repellent-looking commodity that comes in plastic containers the size and shape of eggs.
How an item in the August 26th, 1950 New Yorker's Talk of the Town column turned a marketing consultant into a millionare by Christmas. [more inside]
posted by Toekneesan on Dec 22, 2011 - 31 comments

3D liquids

Vladimir Jankijevic is a technical oriented artist at ‘Elefant Studios’ in Zürich. Here’s are his Various Fluid Experiments, Walts Rubber Mask, The Osiris project. His Vimeo channel includes other silent shorts. More examples of the Lagoa Multiphysics Simulation Software. His website [more inside]
posted by growabrain on Sep 18, 2011 - 5 comments

'Like you make pancakes.'

'It was an instant success,' Stan says. 'It's not surprising, because it meets all the criteria of a good gag. It's very cheap to make, so you could make a decent profit on it. It sells for a very cheap price, so it's easy to sell. And people just went after it. The numbers we hear tend to vary, but the story is it initially sold about 100,000 units a year, which, at the time, was a lot. Fishlove did very well with it.' The Inside Scoop on the Fake Barf Industry.
posted by shakespeherian on Aug 26, 2011 - 29 comments

How a bike tyre is made

Ever wondered how a bicycle tyre is made? Schwalbe tyres are constructed by Hung-A in Indonesia; this video follows the whole process from initial design to final testing. [more inside]
posted by SyntacticSugar on Sep 10, 2010 - 22 comments

A urinely,Why not use it to make children's toys? Children are always breaking their toys.

What do you get when you mix vegetable oil and urine? No, it's not tome fetish -- well, not yet, anyway. It's self-healing rubber, of course. (Via.)
posted by Astro Zombie on Feb 20, 2008 - 33 comments

Motorized cordless twin rubber band minigun, capable of firing 40 bands per second.

Rubber band warfare just got deadlier. (Single YouTube link to rubber band gun AWESOMENESS.)
posted by Astro Zombie on Jan 16, 2008 - 30 comments

A perfect stealth invasion force.

The duck diaspora: thousands of rubber ducks condemned never to know the quietude of a suburban bathtub, which have instead spent 15 years wandering the world's oceans like aquatic Cains. Previously
posted by nevercalm on Jul 2, 2007 - 25 comments

Atomage Magazine

Atomage Magazine, possibly the first fetish magazine, produced by clothing designer turned photographer John Sutcliffe, who clearly had a special place reserved in his heart for head-to-toe rubberwear.
posted by serazin on May 31, 2007 - 6 comments

Oh the huge manatee

The Goodyear Blimp: Building, filling, painting, testing. Structure. People. Signage. Flying.
posted by Blazecock Pileon on May 27, 2007 - 18 comments

Boris Plotnikoff's Gasmask Collection

Boris Plotnikoff's Gasmask Collection, Heavy Rubber.
posted by hama7 on Nov 11, 2006 - 11 comments

Rubber monsters

If you know monster makeup, you already know the name Jack Pierce, who created the makeup for Frankenstein's monster, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, and many others. But Pierce's career with Universal Studios, for whom he created these masterpieces, came to a sudden, and unexpected, end when, in 1945, he and his entire staff were fired.

The trouble? Pierce's methods were time-consuming and painstaking, involving, among other things, building up his creatures features with cotton and collodion, a process that took many hours. Universal had fallen on hard times, with mergers, sales of its catalogue, and the loss of its 1,500-screen theater chain bringing the bean counters to the fore. They wanted to cut back on Universal's grand-spending ways, and out with the bathwater went the baby. The sorts of makeup men the bean-counters like were George and Gordon Bau, two brothers from Minnesota who had worked at Rubbercraft and brought with them a knowledge of how to make reusable appliances from cheap, lightweight foam latex. Their major accomplishment was House of Wax (1953) and they revolutionized the industry (Dick Smith's work in Little Big Man would be unthinkable without it, as would the entire career of Rick Baker. Best still, it's now possible to buy monstrous and gruesome rubber appliances right off the shelf.
posted by Astro Zombie on Jun 18, 2006 - 27 comments

Bounce with me

The fascinating story of rubber starts here.
posted by euphorb on Jul 14, 2004 - 4 comments

fashion, fetish & rubber - oh my!

KariwanZ fetish gallery - fashion, fetish, rubber, and tribal art collide. Do the MeFi meetups need a facelift? (mildly nsfw)
posted by madamjujujive on Jan 11, 2004 - 3 comments

Recycled Latex and Rubber Fashion Chic!

Look who's wearing your old tires! If you thought recycled fashion was all about clunky rubber sandals, think again - recycled fashion has turned chic. It can be elegant, fun and funky or just plain kinky. Oh, and don't worry guys - there are some fashions designed for you, too! (some links may not be sfw)
posted by madamjujujive on Mar 8, 2003 - 10 comments

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