So, yeah, Silly Bandz. They're everywhere, and nowhere.
The bendy, rubber, shaped-to-look-like-animals-and-other-stuff bracelets are this year's version of, take your pick: Pogs (remember those?), Beenie Babies, Tamagotchis, Furbies, Pokemon or, in the most strict comparison, jelly bracelets.
Point is, they're hot. They may be forgotten by Labor Day (unlikely), but for now they're the new must-have-it/can't-let-the-other-kids-see-me-without-it item for kids and tweens.
You may have seen news reports about these things being in such high demand around the country that stores can't keep them in stock. If you Google "silly," the auto-suggest feature first completes the thought with "bandz." Right after that: "Silly Bandz Where to Buy."
If you have a kid or know a kid, you've almost certainly heard of or seen these rubbery wonders. If not, here's a quick summary: They're rubber band-type bracelets that are shaped like various things and usually come in packs of a 12 or 24 for $5 or less. The idea is to collect as many as you can and wear a ton of them at once. The more you have, and the more varied your collection, the cooler you are (or so my 4-year-old tells me).
They're everywhere in the sense that it seems all kids are wearing them. They're nowhere in the sense that parents are having a hard time finding stores that aren't sold out.
I plan to do a local story on this fad at some point this week. In the mean time, feel free to e-mail me with your Silly Bandz (war) stories: firstname.lastname@example.org