Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day
It is said, popping bubble wrap is cheaper than therapy. There’s something about bursting the little bubbles that brings out the silliness in all of us. In 1959, the inventors of bubble wrap convinced IBM to pack computer components for shipping in their new cushioned product. That launched a very successful industry for the parent company, Sealed Air. In 2000, a 815 pound pumpkin (named Gourdzilla) was dropped from a crane 35 feet high onto a stack of bubble wrap. The pumpkin remained intact. Bubble Wrap is made in 52 countries and every year there is enough of the product manufactured worldwide to wrap around the earth at the equator 10 times or stretch to the moon and back.
Thomas Crapper Day
Punchbowl.com tells us “Thomas Crapper was a plumber in the late 19th century who founded Thomas Crapper & Co. Ltd. in London. Although he did not invent the toilet, he was able to use his skills as a shrewd businessman and salesperson to make it extremely popular. The flush toilet was invented in 1596 by John Harrington. From the time of its invention up until the start-up of Crapper’s company, bathroom fixtures were not part of the everyday household. Crapper heavily promoted sanitary plumbing and pioneered the concept of the bathroom fittings showroom, which made toilets and bathroom fixtures a global success.” Today, Mr. Crapper sits upon the throne of great entrepreneurs.
Today’s Birthdays of Note….
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – Musician – born in Salzburg, Austria
John Roberts – Chief Justice of the United States – born in Buffalo, New York