Trivia

Hard

Bubble Wrap Was Originally Invented To Serve As What?

Wallpaper
Satellite Liner
Insulation
Mattress Padding
A sheet of clear bubble wrap.
Moja/Wikimedia

Answer: Wallpaper

Bubble wrap is about as ubiquitous and recognizable as any shipping material could ever hope to be—which is ironic because bubble wrap started life as, of all things, wallpaper.

In 1957, inventors Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes invented bubble wrap by sealing two clear shower curtains together, trapping a pattern of bubbles between the two sheets of plastic. Their vision for the product? Wallpaper.

Throughout the late 1950s and into the 1960s, there was a bit of a funky-wall-covering-craze and people were adorning their walls with all manner of things like bamboo, highly textured fabrics, and other materials. The two engineers sought to capitalize on this and marketed the early bubble wrap designs as wallpaper.

The idea never caught on and the two of them started marketing it as greenhouse insulation. Although bubble wrap is clear and fairly good at insulating, they failed to make a go of bubble wrap as a commercially successful greenhouse insulator.

It wasn’t until marketer Frederick Bowers pitched the idea of bubble wrap as shipping protection to IBM that the company and their soon-to-be iconic product found a niche. IBM was the first bubble wrap customer; they packed their new line of 1401 Data Processing System units in bubble wrap before crating the machines up.

Since then, bubble wrap has made appearances in everything from padded mailing envelopes to insulation panels along with a slew of creative DIY solutions and creations.

Trivia

Hard

The Phrase “See You Later, Alligator” Is A Reference To What?

Trivia

Easy

By Law No U.S. Military Officer Can Outrank Which Historical Figure?

Trivia

Very Hard

What Was The First Computer With Internally Stored Programs?

Trivia

Hard

The First Person To Win Two Nobel Prizes Was?

Trivia

Easy

Which Of These Used To Be An Official Olympic Sport?

Trivia

Hard

Compounds From What Food Have Been Shown to Suppress Coughing Better Than Codeine?

Trivia

Very Hard

Which Of These Halloween Movies Was Critically Panned, But Became A Cult Classic?

Trivia

Hard

Bathing Machines Were An Integral Part Of What Victorian-Era Activity?

Trivia

Hard

In Which Country Are The Majority Of Adoptees Adults At The Time Of Adoption?

Trivia

Hard

NASA Carefully Timed Space Shuttle Flights To Avoid What?