I was at "bell" practice last week (I play in the Mount Mercy handbell choir, even though I have zero musical background, in a year of study have almost, almost, learned to play the high G and high A on the bass clef) when a student noticed the rubber bands.
I wear them on the bottom of my trousers when I bike to keep the material from being stained by or snagging in my chain.
"You know, they sell Velcro straps for that," she pointed out.
True. But the Gazette comes every morning, delivered conveniently for bicyclers with free rubber trouser guards. Yet another reason that daily newspaper reading makes you a better person.