One more thing about bubble wrap


Oh yeah, so that thing where bubble wrap was created as “a failed wallpaper”? You know what the failure was? Of course not. Here. According to Wikipedia the first prototype bubble wrap was made in 1957 when engineers Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes “sealed two shower curtains together, creating a smattering of air bubbles, which they originally tried to sell as wallpaper”.

There are many historic events I would like to witness. The first transmissions along the transatlantic telegraph cable. The first person to build a house, rather than extend shelter from an available cave or copse of trees of whatnot. Merkle’s Boner. Whatever the heck the Invasion of the Sea Peoples was. And now, to this, I add whatever conversation happened between Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes that resulted in a declaration I must conclude had the substance, “gentlemen, we have all the wallpaper we could ever need — it’s right here in these shower curtains!”.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

3 thoughts on “One more thing about bubble wrap”

  1. I wonder if that discussion also included one of the gentleman saying to the other “You know, I’m not so angry at you about this mess after I popped some of the bubbles – maybe we should advertise this as a way to relax after a long day at the office!”

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    1. Someone was the first person to realize how soothing it is to pop bubble wrap. It might have been them!

      … It is surprising that outside Red Dwarf nobody’s sold sheets of bubble wrap as nerve-soothers, but perhaps it’s hard to place that into stores when people can just buy a lot of wrap as it is.

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