Yup there’s an App for that too! What? Bubble Wrap App!
Today is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, so go ahead and enjoy the simple pleasure of popping the stuff that has protected millions of products over the last 53 years.
… Bubble Wrap was invented in 1957 by two engineers in Hawthorne, New Jersey — Marc Chavannes and Al Fielding. They were trying to make a plastic wallpaper with a paper backing. That idea never took off, but they realized their invention could be used as packing material since at that time there wasn’t a suitable material for packing heavy items. Chavannes and Fielding raised $9,000 and in 1960 incorporated the Sealed Air Corp.
… Today the company has annual revenues of more than $7 billion and makes everything from food packaging to protective packaging, shrink-wrap packaging, and medical-product packaging.
BUBBLE WRAP APPRECIATION DAY
Today is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day. Let’s see how much you know about Bubble Wrap:
Which star of “Charlie’s Angels” appeared on the cover of the July 1997 issue of Playboy magazine wrapped in Bubble Wrap?
- Cheryl Ladd
- Jaclyn Smith
- Farrah Fawcett*
Initially, what did the inventors of Bubble Wrap consider using the new material as?
- Home insulation
How many different sizes of bubbles are available in Bubble Wrap?
Among journalists, “Bubble Wrap” is slang for what kind of news story?
- A story of great importance or consequence
- A story of little substance or consequence*
- A story with a long shelf life
In what year were Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes, the inventors of Bubble Wrap, inducted into the New Jersey Inventors Hall of Fame?
What is the best way to pop the bubbles on Bubble Wrap cushioning?
- By squeezing it between your index finger and thumb
- By laying it on the ground and stomping on it
- By holding and twisting the entire sheet
- Any way you want!*
ALTERNATIVE USES FOR BUBBLE WRAP
Bubble Wrap Burglar Alarm — Make a burglar alarm for your home. Lay Bubble Wrap on the floor inside your doors and windows. When a thief breaks in and walks across the floor, the “pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop” will alert you to the intruder.
Bubblehead — Improvise a football or motorcycle helmet. Wrap massive quantities of Bubble Wrap around your head and seal in place with clear packaging tape. If Bubble Wrap can protect a hand-painted egg shipped from Czechoslovakia across the Atlantic, it can protect your head when it hits asphalt.
Bubble Wrap Insect Repellent — Prevent mosquito bites on arms and legs by covering your extremities in Bubble Wrap. When mosquitoes do try to bite you, the Bubble Wrap bubble will pop and the tiny explosion of air will send the mosquito spiraling through the air.
Sweet Dreams — Sleeping while camping can be a real pain in the back, unless you are carrying a lightweight six-foot roll of Bubble Wrap as a mat to place under your sleeping bag. Or fold a twelve-foot-long piece of Bubble Wrap in half and duct tape the sides to make the padded sleeping bag of your dreams. CAUTION: If you are sleeping on the beach, high tide may cause you to float out to sea.
Bubble Wrap Boob Job — Enlarge your breasts. Padding a bra with Bubble Wrap gives a nice natural feeling without the nasty side effects of silicone implants.