Bubble Wrap Popping Record Set in Hawthorne, NJ

Jupiterimages/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- Students at New Jersey’s Hawthorne High School have set a new Guinness World Record for the most people popping bubble wrap at one time.

The Star-Ledger reports the momentous milestone was accomplished on Monday, which was Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day.

The school teamed up with bubble wrap maker Sealed Air Corporation to set the new record.

According to the newspaper, 366 people popped more than 8,000 square feet of bubble wrap for two minutes while Guinness World Records adjudicator Kimberly Partrick observed and certified the record.  The event raised funds for Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.

Bubble wrap was invented in a garage in Hawthorne, N.J., in 1957 by two engineers, Marc Chavannes and Al Fielding.  The two were trying to make plastic wallpaper with a paper backing, but the product didn’t take off.  However, they realized their invention could be used as a packaging material and they founded Sealed Air Corporation in 1960. 

Today, the Sealed Air Corporation has annual revenues that exceed $3 billion.

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