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bubble-wrapYou know … Bubble Wrap?

Oh, sure … The stuff that theoretically exists to protect things in shipping?

But we all know it is really around just to make us happy by relieving stress.

And stomping on it is just part of the thrill. The other part is that crazy pop-pop-popping sound that it makes.

And yes, there really is a whole day devoted to Bubble Wrap … Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day … or BWAD to you popping aficionados.

Today is that day.

So I looked all over the house for some bubble wrap. To participate fully in the moment. I mean, how often do we get permission to go back to our childhood and stomp on bubbles?

Off to look for some of the real stuff. The little perfect plastic popper paper, perhaps? Who comes up with this stuff anyway? The BWAD folks say:

However, it’s not as easy to make as it is to pop! There are lots of stages to go through before the right material has been made. Once its makers have the right kind of film, suction is applied to a drum-covered layer of film with holes punched into it.  Next the film is laminated so that the holes stick together and the air bubbles are trapped. Et voila!

First I found some big bubble wrap. Each bubble was like 2 by 4 inches.

Stomp.

Well, that was satisfying … I’d give it a 9 on the stomp-meter, but only a 3 on the sound-meter.

Bubble-Wrap2Lots of folks appear to be fans of the stuff.

Pictures have been taken.

Memes have been memed.

David Sharpe & The PapaHugs Band have even written a Bubble Wrap Song.

I’m thinking David should keep his day job.

They did, however give a short history of its origins …

The story begins in 1957 in a garage in Hawthorne, NJ with two engineers, Marc Chavannes and Al Fielding. Marc and Al were trying to make a plastic wallpaper with a paper backing. Surprisingly, this product didn’t take off. They realized, however, that their invention could be used as a cushioning packaging material.

Looking all over the house I was not able to find any of the wrap. Nowhere. Zip. Nada.

Not that I would have popped it all already. Not me. No addictive stuff going on here … no siree.

Right.

Which brings me to the one inherent problem with this addictive stuff. Once you pop it, it’s done. And you are hooked.

Kind of like crack … or so I hear.

So what is a gal to do? Totally hooked on something that is not obtainable … but really is a lot of fun?

What else?

Virtual Bubble Wrap.

There are three places I have found that have virtual online popping … to your heart’s content.

pop1The Pop Game

Found at fast-pack.com gives you lots of choices … color, size, speed … but the game is over pretty soon. 

It is free, though.

http://www.fast-pack.com/popgame/popgame.html

pop2The Virtual Bubble-Wrap Game

This is similar to the fast-pack version. But the screen is larger. The sound is better.

And there is an oddly disturbing, yet very addictive “Must have mooorre” that plays each time you refresh the screen.  You probably won’t want to play this where any straight-laced people can hear.

Just go to the link below and look partway down the page for this:

I know this is the only reason you came 🙂
Pop some virtual bubblewrap now!

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

pop3The Bubble Game

Found at http://www.bubblegame.org/ this game theoretically pops the bubbles. And it is free. And it is wildly addictive.

But it doesn’t really look like the Bubble Wrap of our Appreciation Day.

However … since I just spent an hour playing the thing, I figured I’d include it just for the addictive nature … and in case you wanted something a bit more colorful.

It doesn’t have a sexy voice, though.

And now that I have given you the game versions of online porn popping bubble wrap I will leave you with this one final thought.

If it makes you feel good, and doesn’t hurt anyone … why not?