Finally, answers

Where do all the hair bands go? Behind cupboards? Under rugs? Do they slip through the space-time continuum?

It's a mystery that's puzzled people with long hair for years, but one woman in Pennsylvania has found closure, though her situation may be a little unique.

She took her dog into the veterinarians after it lost its appetite this week, and during exploratory surgery 62 hair bands were found in its stomach (along with eight pairs of underwear).

"I found this hair band attached to another hair band to another one to another one and to other things again," vet Dr. Hisham Ibrahim told WTAE.

"It was quite an experience to see."

The dog made it through the operation and will be back for a follow-up exam later this week.

So, if you have a dog there's one plausible explanation, though gaping pockets and bad memories are probably more common reasons for the accessories' elusiveness.