You know those ridiculous looking terrycloth headbands everyone wore in middle school? I remember wondering what in the world you’d need a headband for. I thought it was one of those bizarre styles inherent to the eighties. I didn’t realize that people actually exerted themselves enough to require wearing absorbent mini towels about their brow.
Turns out it’s a real phenomenon. As I was running last night, some deep part of my consciousness was reinventing these things. I was thinking, “You know, it’d be really nice if there wasn’t firewater dripping into my eyes right now… this probably isn’t what the manufacturer has in mind when they talk about lubricating the treadmill occasionally… Maybe I should carry a towel…I wonder if I could…” And that’s right about when the image of Sylvester Stallone popped into my head and it all made sense.
So I looked it up, wondering if you can still buy these things. I’ve haven’t actually seen one in use since middle school, and those kids, let me tell you, did not do a whole lot of sweating. Maybe that’s my problem…maybe the people I hang out with have an antipathy towards sweat? Anyway. I looked it up. And lo and behold, they do exist. In a horrifying array of colors. You can even buy them USED. I kid you not–the first shopping results I saw were for used sport headbands. Can you imagine? Uhg.
Here’s a question–what were the wrist bands for? To prevent sweat dripping onto your nails?