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Happy Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day

3:50 pm - 01/28/2013

The pyramids, the Great Wall of China, Stonehenge... not today. This is the day we celebrate one of our weird world's true wonders -- that puffy, pop-able, pleasure-providing packing product known as bubble wrap.

Today, Jan. 28, 2013, is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day (BWAD). Who says? The Bubble Wrap people do. They even have a site to prove it.

Bubble wrap has been around since about 1957, but somehow it didn't have an annual day of recognition until 2001, when an Indiana radio station (finally) began the tradition.

Ask the person in the next cubicle his or her feelings about bubble wrap and you're bound to get a nostalgic tale of jumping feet-first off the couch onto sheets of giant bubble wrap, or memories of popping the tiny bubbles from the sleeve that held their very first calculator back in the mid-1970s (okay, that's what my co-worker heard when she asked me about it).

The point is, bubble wrap has touched all our lives, and now, thanks to this whole internet thing (which I have to say really seems to be taking off), you can even play with bubble wrap online. Here you can customize your virtual bubble wrap by size and color, then snap to your heart's content -- complete with realistic sound effects.

So happy BWAD to you all, and if you have time, sneak over to your office's supply cabinet, grab a little bubble wrap, and give it a pop or twelve. It might make your day a little brighter... just like it did all those years ago.

Boston Globe
bnmc2005 28th-Jan-2013 10:31 pm (UTC)
Has everyone seen or heard about the new "un-poppable" bubble wrap? The air pockets are all connected so they don't just 'pop' when you squeeze them they just push the air around.

One one hand, genius: On another hand, strike another blow against simple childhood joy . :(
squeeful 28th-Jan-2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
jugglingeggs 29th-Jan-2013 01:36 pm (UTC)
lafinjack 29th-Jan-2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
There was a joke commercial out a while ago where it showed an IKEA-ish factory line where one of the employees was taking the tool out of every finished box and closing them up.

That guy would.
mskye 28th-Jan-2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
Happy Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, everyone! I think I'll celebrate by smoking a bowl.
layweed 28th-Jan-2013 11:24 pm (UTC)
Idk all I can think about is that episode of Red Dwarf with the "Tension Sheets".
dw_10rosefan 28th-Jan-2013 11:31 pm (UTC)
Oh happy day!!!!!
wrestlingdog 29th-Jan-2013 12:12 am (UTC)
New favorite holiday.
angelofdeath275 29th-Jan-2013 03:17 am (UTC)
lmao yessssss
rex_dart 29th-Jan-2013 04:17 am (UTC)
Amazon sent the camera I bought recently with one of those chains of connected bags of air. Best ever; they're so loud and it takes two hands to pop each cell. They're grown-up bubble wrap.
tamingheadfauna 29th-Jan-2013 04:30 am (UTC)
After the day I've had? I went out and *bought* bubble wrap for this express purpose. AND it's in RED! :D

/happily pops away.
wonderland386 29th-Jan-2013 04:49 am (UTC)
My principals put bubble wrap in all of our boxes today!

And now that I've been on topic, you guys, I have no idea what to do. My school's student body is 85% African American, so in an effort to reach out the them and our community, our students are planning an event celebrating and bringing awareness to the African American presence in our community. That's awesome. I have no problem with that. My problem lies within the fact that my grade is planning entertainment, and we can't just let the kids contacting everyone. The teachers need to get everyone lined up and then "guide" the kids to our choices. My problem is that our whole team is white. In fact all but 3 teachers at this school are white. I feel completely racist and stereotypical trying to think of things that would be considered "African American entertainment." Am I really being a terrible human? How can I not be a terrible human?
jugglingeggs 29th-Jan-2013 01:39 pm (UTC)
Isn't it possible to get POCs as volunteers on the team? I think that would be a better way to go rather than have white people tell POCs what is entertaining to them...
wonderland386 29th-Jan-2013 10:50 pm (UTC)
Hmm that's a good idea. We've sent home a note describing the event and asking for talented people to fill out a form and bring it back. That way they're almost deciding their entertainment.
astridmyrna 29th-Jan-2013 06:34 am (UTC)

And this is why I love you. <3
lafinjack 29th-Jan-2013 07:37 am (UTC)
Say what?
beuk 29th-Jan-2013 04:24 pm (UTC)
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