Monday, January 31, 2011

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day 1-31-2011

Bubble Wrap is loved by all, and today — the 11th annual Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day — is the day to show it.

Bubble Wrap — now marking its 51st year — was originally intended to be used as textured wallpaper, but that didn't go over so well. Inventor Marc Chavannes had his "eureka" moment while he was on an airplane over Newark Airport and he noticed how the billowy clouds appeared to be cushioning the plane. He realized his invention would be better than paper and old newspapers for protecting fragile items.

Aside from its intended use, many fans love to pop the bubbles for fun, but there are so many more ways to really appreciate it.

One of the most unusual items Bubble Wrap has protected was an 815-pound pumpkin, nicknamed "Gourdzilla," at a pumpkin-dropping contest on Halloween 2000 in Iowa. The pumpkin stayed intact despite being dropped onto Bubble Wrap from a 35-foot-tall crane.
* The product has made cameos in several films, such as "Wall-E," "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," "Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult," "Liar Liar" and "Dude, Where’s My Car?"
* According to’s online survey, one-third of fans prefer the "one-bubble-at-a-time" popping method. Second most popular is to grasp the sheet and twist.

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