It never fails to amaze me some of the things that catch on with the kids these days. Seeing as how I am nearly 28 I can call everyone “kid” right? None the less, just this past year little cheap rubber bands in the shapes of just about everything you could think of got popular with the kids. Those things were called “Silly Bandz” and a thousand other names, and they were EVERYWHERE. That got me thinking about something that just like the Silly Bandz were head of the class in popularity for a time, and on just about everyone’s wrist..Slap Bracelets.
Slap Bracelets (aka Snap Bracelets, but who the hell called them that??), made their way into our little immature hearts in the late 80’s and the early 90’s. And for you youngsters that have no clue what I’m talking about allow me to break it down for you now. A Slap Bracelet was a bracelet consisting of layered, flexible stainless steel bistable spring bands sealed within a fabric cover or sometimes a plastic one if it was the cheaper kind. You could straighten the bastards out and SLAP them onto your wrist, or ankle, or simply slap someone in the face with them, an act that apparently a lot of kids did because they got banned in many schools including mine. This of course would lead to their untimely 15 minutes of fame running out a little bit sooner than anyone figured. Next thing you know all the kids have these things they can no longer wear to school and since it was mostly the smaller grades with the kids that loved them and they don’t do that much hanging out away from school, the damn things became pretty useless pretty quick. But they were fun none the less while they lasted.
It’s to my knowledge that these things have attempted to make comebacks from time to time but have yet to really catch on. And if the emo kids won’t even wear them now then you know you have a problem. According to wiki, most recently, slap bracelets have been worn on the lower legs of cyclists to prevent trousers from being tangled in the gear system…Ah whatever works right?