Update: OK as Jeremy notes, Amazon has a 24-pack for $7. I also got a kind pointer to The Container Store via email. I won’t mention the gentleman’s name (email rather than a comment suggests that he values his privacy), but a quick Google search uncovers a professional position that would be as close a match to “an expert who would know about rubber band animals” as I could imagine. My fatal step, I never thought to google it in the US, I checked google in Japanese first. Duh! I just hope people forget about this post in a few months so I can give these as presents at the end of the year.
What have we learned: 1. Despite the number and variety of blogs out there, they remain valuable both in terms of strong and weak links to expertise. 2. Extreme consumerism can still be fun, evey on May Day.