Bubble wrap is turning 50 this year and it’s as popular as ever, reports The Newark Star Ledger.

There are at least 250 Facebook groups dedicated to the packing staple cum low-tech stress reliever, a turn of events that would’ve surprised its inventors, who set out to create a textured wallpaper in the late 1950s.

Legend has it that bubble wrap was inspired on a descent into Newark Airport when one of the inventors noticed the “fluffy clouds that seemed to cushion the plane’s descent.”

Originally posted by Rich Whittle on January 26, 2010 in History / Inventions.

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