At long last, the Spam Guy and the Duct Tape Guy have teamed up to bring the world the ultimate bubble wrap bible.
Here, in one comprehensive compendium are oodles of quirky and innovative uses for everybody's favorite wrap pack -- Bubble Wrap.
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IntroductionIt was destined to happen. In December 1996, "Caryl & Marilyn," an ABC-TV morning television talk show hosted by two vivacious housewives better known as The Mommies, did a show themed "Weird in America." Tim demonstrated a dozen uses for duct tape, including a sure-fire way for ladies to keep the toilet seat down. After the commercial break, Joey polished some furniture with Spam and cleaned Tim's toilet with Coca-Cola, duct tape still in place. Call it fate.Another guest on the show, Brenda in the Red Dress from Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum, had brought a stuffed two-headed cow and other oddities. Her empty boxes sat backstage, overflowing with sheets of Bubble Wrap. We both looked at the Bubble Wrap, longingly, tempted to pop it all. "Now there's something you two should do a book about," suggested Brenda in the Red Dress, jokingly.The next thing we remember, the bartender at the Roosevelt Hotel was announcing last call, and we had finished the manuscript for the world's first Bubble Wrap Manifesto on 827 cocktail napkins -- which Tim had thankfully duct taped together -- just in time to catch his 6 a.m. plane back to Minnesota.The Spam Guy and the Duct Tape Guy had met, and The Bubble Wrap Generation was born.Incidentally, we did try to come up with some uses for both Spam and duct tape together. Tim proposed wrapping Spam in duct tape, but Joey pointed out that Spam already has an indefinite shelf life, and, in all likelihood, Spam would dissolve the adhesives in duct tape. Tim duct-taped some Spam anyway in the hopes of eventually finding out which lasts longer. The duct-taped Spam is securely stored in a safety deposit box, protectively wrapped in Bubble Wrap.Review:
"A guy who uses Spam to polish furniture and a guy who thinks duct tape should be used to preserve Egypt's pyramids have collaborated on a book about another ubiquitous product, Bubble Wrap." -- Roy Rivenburg, The Los Angeles Times, March 18, 1998
"Authors Joey Green and Tim Nyberg pay tribute to the irresistible, puncture-prone packing material by suggesting hundreds of unorthodox uses (doormat, seat saver, life raft...). It gives pop culture a whole new meaning." -- Entertainment Weekly, March 20, 1998
"Bubbling over with possibilities." -- Laura Dempsey, Dayton Daily News, March 20, 1998
"If your kids are wondering what wacky things they can do with Bubble Wrap -- besides popping it, of course -- this neat little book is for them. It is chock full of zany ideas for Bubble Wrap creations. Use Bubble Wrap to make 'Bubble Wrap Pillows' or to design a 'Popable Place Mat.' Decorate your home with 'Bubble Wrap Decor' or design a 'Bubble Wrap Tie' to wear to parties. The ideas in the book are great for kids' games and for doing creative projects to keep the little ones busy for hours. Just make sure you have plenty of Bubble Wrap on hand." -- Jeanette Moriondo, Queens Parent, June 1998
"You're burying a loved one at sea, and wondering what kind of covering would be appropriate. Let's hope you've read 'The Bubble Wrap Book,' whose two authors have obviously thought these things through. Thus, on Page 87: Never bury a loved one at sea in a Bubble Wrap body bag... People need to know that leaving Bubble Wrap on the floor next to doors and windows makes a fine burglar alarm; that Bubble Wrap can change a hardball into a softball or turn any pair of shoes into Hush Puppies." -- Michael Precker, The Dallas Morning News
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