Monday, January 30, 2006

In appreciation of.............

Christmas has become a distany memory, although for many of us, the bills remain. Another lingering part of Christmas may or may not be hanging around your house at this time too. With all the online shopping packaging and protection of delicate ornaments and memories taking place, most of us have at least one piece of protective packaging laying around. The most adored, and probably endangered, of these is air cellular cushioning material also known the world over by it's original trade name of Bubble Wrap®. That right folks, today is official Bubble Wrap® appreciation day!

must........pop.........bubbles!It has the magical power of protecting items contained within it's secure grasp from the destructive forces of postal carries and couriers the world over. I've often considered trying to construct a car out of the stuff, although the ensuing noise from any collision would be deafening! This funky sheeting was created like most of my favourite inventions, completely by accident. It began when a couple of science types named Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes got together in 1957 to create a textured plastic wallpaper that could be easily washed. To their absolute dismay they realized that nobody was too interested in their bumpy wallpaper of choice, but also realized that this failed wallpaper had a far nobler calling.

At that time there was only paper as an option when packing items for shipping. Paper doesn't stand a chance of protecting really heavy stuff or even incredibly delicate items so the wallpaper was used to surround and protect as never before. The product resulted in the creation of a company that stands to this very day. They have refined and tweaked their manufacturing to their patented method that is used today.

Just as the original use failed and the new use was unplanned but quite welcome, there is yet another application for this renowned packing material that the creators never foresaw! Therapy. How many of us, when confronted by a piece of bubble wrap, can resist it's siren song? One can only image the racket when she gets dipped on the dance floor!Gently calling to our very souls to squeeze our cares away until they are blown away by the tiny puff of air that is released with a satisfying pop. If you can't find any nearby and are having one of those days you should really consider some virtual bubble wrap to hold you over.

It's appeal was so universal that back in 2001 "Spirit 95" Radio in Bloomington, IN started Bubble Wrap® Appreciation Day. They even held their first annual Bubblympiad, which featured spectacular feats of human achievement like the Bubble Wrap® popping relay and Pop-A-Mole along with some creative expressions in the form of sculpture and fashion design contests.

Track down a sheet, warm up your thumbs and get ready to celebrate.

Appreciate it dammit!!


Blogger Ms Mac said...

Believe me, I do!

pop pop pop!

7:47:00 AM  
Blogger Stacy The Peanut Queen said...

I LOVE popping bubble wrap!!


Wish I had some right now...:)

8:58:00 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

I used to like scaring the cat with bubble wrap.

Thanks for posting about this useless, though fun, holiday. I'm impressed with all your research too. The bubbles think you're cool.

PS- Is there a zit popping day? That's kind of fun in it's own odd way.

10:42:00 AM  
Blogger sisiggy said...

It's fun to walk on bubble wrap with your bare feet.
(Not much to do around here...)

1:34:00 PM  
Blogger Oh great One said...

I love bubble wrap too! I'll have to try walking on it.

8:56:00 PM  
Blogger Le laquet said...

I love bubble wrap and I just can't stop once I get going!

1:30:00 AM  
Blogger Minerva said...

Ooooh...and I had a variation the other day like GIANT bubble wrap...That was FUN!

*checking herself into a mental asylum*


4:14:00 AM  
Blogger shocking_fish said...

Horray - bubble wrap!

11:48:00 AM  
Blogger Martini said...

We once had a solar pool cover that was extremely similar to bubble wrap. I didn't realize I was popping hundreds of dollars away when I burst those thick blue bubbles. Oops!

1:46:00 PM  
Blogger Lake Allison said...

HORRAY FOR BUBBLE WRAP! This holiday should last all week!

One time I made pants out of bubble wrap. I wore them for one day and they got completely popped. =(

6:25:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

oh no! I missed bubble wrap day! perhaps I'll celebrate tomorrow instead...a few days after the fact, but I'm sure everyone at work (where there is the largest accessible supply of bubble wrap, of course) will understand.

11:08:00 PM  
Blogger Rhodent said...

LOVE that stuff!

12:45:00 AM  
Blogger glomgold said...

I love bubble wrap

12:21:00 AM  

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