Tuesday, January 26, 2010

ABC WEDNESDAY LETTER " B "



A Pop Icon turns 50.

Welcome to ABC Wednesday and the letter " B ".
The letter " B " is for a bundle of Bubble Wrap on a blue background.
People have walked to the alter dressed in it, wrapped their packages and even made displays at art museums. Mostly, they like the sound it makes when they destroy it. Its the stress reducer disguised as package cushioning.
Did you know the the product once was envisioned as a new type of wallpaper?



Bubble Wrap on a black background.
Did you know that there are more than 250 pages on Facebook devoted to Bubble Wrap?
Bubble Wrap is made by a company called Sealed Air in the state of New Jersey.
Air is trapped between plastic sheets after they pass over several rollers, one of which creates the indentations for the bubbles.
Bubble
Wrap became an important cultural icon during the growth of computers. Something was needed to protect delicate components during shipping.
So Bubble Wrap, Happy Birthday. I'm glad you are 50 years old today, besides, I just love bursting your bubbles.
To see more "B" posts go to Mrs. Nesbitts link on my sidebar.
As always, enlarging the pictures will show more detail.
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57 comments:

Spiderdama said...

This is great, I love to press this in so it slams:-)
Have a nice evening!

Sylvia K said...

What did we do without Bubble Wrap! Fun post for the day!! Enjoy your day!

Sylvia

Grace and Bradley said...

Good choice for "B". My granddaughter loves to pop the bubble wrap, so am I.

Vicki ~ FL said...

Who doesn't love snapping Bubble Wrap? Great post.

Olivier said...

comme tout le monde j'aime m'amuser avec ;o)

Amy said...

Sue, Bubble Wrap is like Kleenex or ZipLocs (sp?) - it's hard to believe it's been 50 years - a very creative post as usual!

Johnny Nutcase said...

Everyone loves bubblewrap, but I think my cat Garfunkel loves it the most - he goes craaaazy for the stuff, it's very goofy :) nice post!

Babooshka said...

That is fascinating. I do find bubble wrap popping very theraputic.

Leslie: said...

What a unique idea for our B day! I love popping those bubbles!

Anna said...

Brilliant :) I love the stuff - never realised that it was that old!

Roger Owen Green said...

I LOVE bubble wrap, my daughter loves it. I mean what's not to love. It's functional AND fun!

On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you!

Mara said...

What a brilliant B! I never realised bubble wrap was already half a century old. I hope the person who invented it has been able to reap its riches...

Joy said...

Ingenuous B post. Who can resist a bubble pop.

Life with Kaishon said...

I heard this on the radio and I was so fascinated :). I think Kaish and I should go on a field trip to the bubble wrap plant : )

jay said...

Bubble wrap! What a great choice!

Everyone loves to pop!

Willa said...

Your bubble will surely keep my boys busy for a while! :D

Beverley Baird said...

Love it! I remember hearing that about its 50th anniverary! Never connected it to B! lol
Great post!
(Have you ever played the bubble wrap game online - great stress reliever!!

Hildred and Charles said...

Popping bubbles on bubble wrap, - great indoor sport for the little ones....

Hilary said...

Oh what a fun choice for the letter B. I feel like popping it from here. :)

Wanda said...

I so hope I can be so clever before ABC Wednesday is over!!

This is so cool!!! pop pop pop

SD at "Addicted to The Click" said...

Very clever - and oh so fun to pop. My nieces go bananas for those things!

Diann @ the Thrifty Groove said...

thanks for the fun facts on bubble wrap!

Vaggelis said...

i need one of this right now

Gattina said...

Maybe I should take now a bubble bath ?
Nice finding !

angelcel said...

I'm genuinely amazed that bubble wrap is already 50 years old!

Good choice for the letter 'B'. :)

SparkleFarkle said...

Some almost/somewhat? timely trivia regarding your clever "B" choice: Yesterday (Tuesday) was Ellen DeGeneres' birthday. On the show, she reminded everyone that, last year, Amy Poehler gave her bubble wrap!

Andy said...

Very interesting choice for ABC Wednesday Letter "B". Thanks for the history on the product. I can't believe it's not made in China.

RuneE said...

Bang, Bam, for Blowing the Bubbles of the Bubble-wrap! :-)

Jama said...

I love to pop the bubble wrap!

Reader Wil said...

That is great! I didn't know this! We learn indeed a lot by visiting each other all over the world. This is very informative and appropriate!

JoAnn's-D-Eyes said...

bubbles heeh what a great found!!

, mine is best better and beautifull " just a saying"

Be welcome Greeting JoAnn Holland

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

what an ingenious post - i never realised there was such a history to bubble-wrap

Kate said...

I never leave on a trip without it!

Gordon said...

Bubble wrap; very useful stuff. Thanks for the information - great reading.

Kansas Bob said...

Makes me want to pop one of those things..

shopannies said...

I love bubble wrap so fun

Nydia said...

My little son loves pressing it in! But I guess everybody does! :o)

Great B post!

Kisses from Nydia.

peripheralperceptions said...

Who would have thought bubble wrap could be so interesting!

Susan said...

What a novel idea to post for a b word! I looove popping those bubbles too.

Lily Hydrangea said...

Oh my gosh! Did you happen to see Stephen Colbert do a skit about bubble wrap turning 50 last evening?
So funny.
He said the guy who invented it got the idea looking out his airplane window thinking about how the clouds looked buoyed by the airplane.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

You did well on the B's - great post for ABC Wednesday.

Hannah - Zukan said...

250 FB pages! Sheesh... lol

I love popping the things. And, although, they tend to be more bulky, I prefer bubble wrap over foam peanuts.

Troy @ I Refuse to Recede said...

And when I was a kid we called it "Poppy paper".

Thanks forvisiting my blog

Troy

Anonymous said...

And, dont forget to pop some virtual bubble wrap here:

http://www.virtual-bubblewrap.com/popnow.shtml

kat said...

Oh i love the sounds of this when you pressed it..lol Lots of B here.

Thanks for the visit and comment anyway.

Have a nice day.

Tumblewords: said...

Happy Birthday, Bubble Wrap - what would we do without you? I, too, love the popping sound!

AVCr8teur said...

What is it about bubble wrap that people like to pop it?! It is just so addictive! Thanks for dropping by my blog.

Dave said...

Very informative blog Sue! Thanks. I worked for a company here in Hamilton that was taken over by Sealed Air. Many people here like to pop those bubbles, but so far I have avoided the temptation. - Dave

dana said...

Just home from a stressful day at work. Seeing your bubble wrap brought instant relief!

Ruth said...

Maybe someone else mentioned it in a comment, but I heard on the news that the inventor of bubble wrap was inspired by clouds while he was flying. And no, he wasn't a bird.

Shammickite said...

Isn't that amazing.... fifty years!!! I don't remember it being around for that long.

Laura Hegfield said...

Oh, I heard this on NPR...I still remember the joy of bubble wrap when I was a little girl and my parents would get a package wrapped in the stuff. My brother and sisters and I would argue over who got to pop the bubbles first. So much fun!

She Writes said...

Has it been that long! Wow, it is older than I am, and I am thankful for that:).

mrsnesbitt said...

Oh yes such an importnat packaging material! My nephew's love to "pop" it!

Merisi said...

These are great pictures, so clear and sharp, I was tempted to punch a bubble to burst it! ;-)

Janie said...

Fun B post, with lots of B's! Bubble wrap as wall paper? That's an interesting concept.

Moi said...

haha!!!! u are the cleverest of all, Sue!!! :)