(Bubble) Wrapper's Delight

replenishing electronic toy is designed to mimic the sound and feel of bubble wrap, though it does come with some added pleasure. Every 100 pops you get a surprise sound effect (a barking dog, door chime, sexy voice, fart sound, etc) intended to induce smiles. As reported, the slogan sums it up: "Anytime, anywhere, forever"¦ you can PuchiPuchi." Indeed.

In any case, all this puchipuchi talk made me curious about the origins of the wonder wrap, so I got a staffer to look it up. Here's what we found out:

Before 1957, packages were stuffed with curled wood shavings, wadded pieces of paper, corrugated cardboard, and stale popcorn. Thankfully, two young engineers from New Jersey, Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes, set out to make a name for themselves with a snazzy new product for the mid-century jet age. Specifically, they wanted to make plastic wallpaper. Unfortunately, when they ironed two pieces of plastic together, they ended up with air-filled pockmarks. More unfortunately, nobody wanted to put this stuff on their walls. Trying to salvage some lemonade from their lemons, Fielding and Chavannes retrenched, pitching their new material as insulation for greenhouses. No takers there either. Finally, after several years, the duo realized that their cushy plastic sheets would make gret packing material for a high-tech new gadget made by one International Business Machine Corporation—the computer. IBM liked the stuff, and it's been delighting shipping companies (and the young, young-at-heart and bored) ever since.

Great story, right? Well, if you're tired of all this bubble wrap talk, and looking for immediate (virtual) satisfaction, be sure to click here.

Take a Rare Glimpse Inside the World's Largest Seed Reserve

Since 2008, the remote Arctic island of Spitsbergen has been home to the world’s largest seed storage facility, known as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

The 11,000-square-foot facility contains nearly 865,000 seed samples—many of which are crops—and functions as both a reserve in the event of a catastrophe and as a backup for other seed banks around the world. Countries can send samples for preservation and access the reserves as needed (the effort is funded by Norway in conjunction with the organization Crop Trust). The vault was opened for the first time last year in light of the destruction caused by the Syrian War.

Access to the fault is notoriously limited, but AJ+ has a glimpse inside on its YouTube page. It’s a rare look at a place that isn’t known for its looks, but holds some of the planet’s most beautiful and valuable offerings.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

This Infographic Explains the Difference Between Perfume and Eau de Toilette

Ever wondered why you can't smell the perfume you dabbed on earlier this morning? Maybe it's because you aren't actually wearing perfume. Instead, you likely applied eau de toilette, cologne, or another type of fragrance.

These sprays contain different concentrations of fragrance oil dissolved in solutions of alcohol and water. Scents with a heavier amount of oil are stronger, they're more expensive, and they also last for longer periods of time. Even the most discerning shopper might not know whether to opt for parfum or eu de parfum when perusing bottles of Chanel No. 5 at the fragrance counter—or even realize there's a difference. 

If you'd prefer to smell like a few roses instead of a field of them, it's handy to know the difference between perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, cologne, and eau fraiche when you're out shopping for a new scent. Lifehacker recently ran this handy infographic by Real Men Real Style, which breaks down the strength of each fragrance along with how long it lasts. Use it as a guide to purchase the perfect product for you.

[h/t Lifehacker]


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