I read this book about 2010-06-21. I've read this book before. The book is copyright 1936. This note was last modified Monday, 12-Jul-2010 15:09:29 PDT.
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I seem to have somehow missed noticing, before, that it's named for the big heavy rubber band used to fake the gunshot (which I don't find too believable), as well as for the funny name given to the group and its leader "Rubber" Coleman. I think they said it was 3/4" across, so maybe it would make a very different sound than any rubber band I've ever encountered.