Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

Monday, January 31st 2005, 10:23 am
By: News On 6

In some newsrooms the term 'bubble wrap' refers to stories with little substance or importance, yet they are interesting.

News on 6 reporter Rick Wells has found one of those, coincidentally about, bubble wrap. For nearly fifty years, bubble wrap has been used to protect our most fragile possessions. Sealed Air Corporation developed the original product back in 1960. The inventors thought they were developing a great new textured wall-paper. It was a flop, until they realized they'd come up with a superior cushioning material, it became very "pop"-ular.

Sue Hall the manager of the Mailboxes Etc store on South Peoria, wraps lots of stuff in bubble wrap. "Car parts. A thermometer's gotta be bubble wrapped. The laptop has gotta be bubble wrapped." She has two sizes, large and small. "They are harder to pop. They just make a little noise." What is fun she said is stomping on the big ones like the kids do.

It's pretty universal people like to pop bubble wrap. Customer: "Bubble wrap is great. I have some in my desk at work. I use it to relieve stress."

Here are two websites dealing with bubble wrap. One that will tell you how you pop bubble wrap and what that says about your personality. And another, with virtual bubble wrap just in case you can't find the real stuff.

Its good stuff, in a tough situation, solutions can often just "pop" into your head. It's therapeutic and you don't need a prescription to get it.

Monday, by-the-way was 'bubble wrap appreciation day.'