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Celebrate a 'pop' culture phenomenon Monday

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Start the poppin'!

Monday is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day, so go ahead and enjoy the simple pleasure of popping the stuff that has protected millions of products over the last 53 years.

Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day was the brainchild of the Spirit 95 FM in Bloomington, Ind. The first one was held in 2001, and included a Bubble Wrap popping relay, a sculpture contest, and a fashion design contest.

According to cnbc.com Bubble Wrap was invented in 1957 by two engineers in Hawthorne, N.J. — Marc Chavannes and Al Fielding.

They were trying to make a plastic wallpaper with a paper backing. That idea never took off, but they realized their invention could be used as packing material since at that time there wasn’t a suitable material for packing heavy items.

Cnbc says Chavannes and Fielding raised $9,000 and in 1960 incorporated the Sealed Air Corp.

Today, that company has annual revenues of more than $7 billion and makes everything from food packaging to protective packaging, shrink-wrap packaging, and medical-product packaging.

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