People have made clothes from it, been married in it, recorded music and soundtracks with it and more – there can be no arguing that Bubble Wrap is firmly ensconced as a part of modern culture. According to Bubble Wrap legend, it was invented when a failed wallpaper concept had some creative intervention from clouds in an airplane window; the wallpaper salesman saw puffy clouds in the sky that seemed to cushion and protect the plane as it came in for a landing. The rest, as they say, is history. and as for the actual wrap itself, sure it’s great for protecting packages, but the real fun is popping each and every little air-pocketed bubble.
As an ode to this low-tech innovation, this lists presents ten great alternative uses for Bubble Wrap, in addition to actually using it as packing protection.
Pop your way through the week with this Bubble Wrap calendar. With this near life-size wall calendar each day you poke through the hole as a sign that you have made it, but if this is not enough bubble popping to satisfy you, there are more Bubble goodies that can also be a part of your day.
9. Artwork medium
Anybody can paint on canvas or paper, so to take it to the next level the innovative artist can put brush to bubbles for extra creativity. Bubble wrap can be used to make eye-catching, bobble-textured prints in whatever shades and forms you like. You can even use printing ink to stamp your designs on to paper, card or canvas.
8. Dance Pad
A favorite of children of all ages – put on your favorite songs or dance tracks, set up the babble wrap sheets on the floor (in this case, bigger is better), and go for it! Dance and pop is tons of fun, guaranteed to put a smile on the kid’s faces.
7. Hair Appliance
Haute Couture doesn’t have a thing on the fashion mavens from Bubble Wrap. As the next hot fashion item on Paris runways, may we present Le Bubble Wrap, material of the 21st century and guaranteed to give you an absolutely popping fashion statement.
6. Burglar Alarm
Make a burglar alarm for your home. Lay Bubble Wrap on the floor inside your doors and windows. When a thief breaks in and walks across the floor, the “pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop-pop” will alert you to the intruder.
5. A Great Stuffer
Anytime that need for extra padding or stuffing comes up, bubble wrap comes to the rescue. Girls can have the temporary natural look for larger chests and guys can use a smaller piece to stuff their…wallets, with a strategic insertion between bills.
4. Bubble Wrap Window Insulation
It is common in countries that have seasonal cold� climates to use plastic to insulate windows, and companies such as 3M have developed kits that are sold for this purpose. With several systems on the market, ranging from simple to complex application, the objective is all the same – to create a trapped pocket of air that will keep out the cold and keep the indoor heating efficient. Bubble Wrap is perfect for this low-tech window insulation, since it molds to any shape, is easily attached and the air bubbles form a perfect insulating pocket, similar to a double paned glass, that is far more efficient than the more expensive kitted systems that have only thin plastic sheets.
3. Gizmos: Electronic Bubble Wrap Key Chain
As we know, the real fun of Bubble Wrap is the bubble pop, but what happens when you don’t have a roll handy, or you are in a situation or place where its just not going to be acceptable to pull out your bubble wrap piece for a little tension-relieving bubble popping. Enter – the portable Bubble Wrap key chain. They have rubbery little “bubble” buttons with a� close tactile feel to actual bubble wrap. What happens when you push one? That’s right, you hear a little pop. Oh yeah, that feel’s good…but there is one extra perk to this electronic version – every 100th “pop” is not a pop at all, but a silly sound: a boing, a bark, a rude noise, etc.
From underwear to bikinis, bubble wrap is a fashion statement.
1. Games: Electronic and Virtual Simulated Popping
Just like when you were a kid – small or grown up version – you have to pop them all – you can’t let even one survive or your mission as bubble popper has failed. And this is central to the game concept, which has become very popular and sprouted many versions across the Internet and the iPhone app community.
Bonus feature: Medical Wonder Feels Like Bubble Wrap
It�s called subcutaneous emphysema, and happens when air escapes from along the respiratory tract and instead of staying within the chest cavity; it works its way into the subcutaneous tissues (just below the skin). In cases of lung or chest injury, with each breath air can track along the chest wall, into the neck, and even down along the abdomen or up into the face. And what does this look like � you got it, little bubble wrap air bubbles below the skin. The technical name for this is popping sensation is crepitus, but that term covers a wide variety of other processes that generate a vibratory and auditory sensation under the skin.
And having this condition is actually good news, in that it means the respiratory status is OK, at least for a short while, without an immediate chest tube insertion since air is flowing out of the chest cavity. It is not a common occurrence, meaning that nurses and medical students are often keen to see this and “pop” the bubbles, though with much less fervor than the real thing.
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