Man seeks rubber band ball world record

Steve Milton of Eugene, Oregon, has a 580 pound, 3 feet high ball of rubber bands. He's shooting for the world record, set in 1998 with John Bain's 3,120 pound, 5-foot-tall ball. From the Associated Press:
Bain contacted Milton by e-mail when he learned that he was attempting to break the record. His words of advice: Never give up and always wear gloves because the stretched bands can burn the skin...

Milton has also started smashing things with the ball to raise money. He's pulverized an old TV set and tried to crush a computer monitor, but the ball bounced right off the top. Since that failed attempt, however, the ball has grown by 200 pounds, and he is optimistic he will be able to flatten the computer hardware.