Nugget of Knowledge: Bubble wrap

Bubble wrap was originally intended to be used as wallpaper

Nugget of Knowledge

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WYTV) – Two engineers, Al Fielding and Marc Chavannes, invented Bubble Wrap in 1957 as wallpaper. It never caught on.

Then, the inventors offered it as greenhouse insulation. It never caught on.

It was IBM that started using it to insulate packages of electronics it was shipping. Then, it caught on.

Like Kleenex and Xerox and Jet Ski, Bubble Wrap is trademarked.

When you watch a TV show that’s set in any school, the kids are walking around with bubble wrap in their backpacks. It puffs up the backpack without adding weight in case the kids have to wear the backpacks for hours of filming.

In 2015, Boy Scouts in Colorado set a Guinness World record for the most people popping Bubble Wrap at one time with 2,681 people.

Psychologists say it’s good to pop. It’s soothing.

The company that makes it, Sealed Air, in Elmwood Park, New Jersey has, in its corporate offices, “stress relief boxes” that are filled with Bubble Wrap for the employees to pop

Bubble Wrap was a Toy Hall of Fame finalist in 2016, but it didn’t make the cut.

If you’re ordering Bubble Wrap from Amazon, it’ll protect your shipment with paper and cardboard.

Sealed Air will sell you a bubble wrap calendar: One pop per day.

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