Bubble wrap, the ubiquitous packing and cushioning material, is invented by engineers Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes in 1957. However, their invention (two shower curtains sealed together, creating a smattering of air bubbles) was not meant to protect items being shipped. Instead, the two engineers tried to sell it as a wall covering material! It didn't sell very well so they marketed it as greenhouse insulation. Again, it didn't work.
But Fielding and Chavaness didn't lose hope and founded Sealed Air Corporation. They continued looking for ways to make money with their invention.
After a few more years, they finally hit it big when they marketed their product as a protective packaging material - the bubble wrap that we are very much familiar today.
Sealed Air Corporation's first client was IBM, which used the product to protect the IBM 1401 computer during shipment.
The company continues to find uses for their much beloved product. And one of this is popping bubble wrap to relieve stress. In fact, Sealed Air's corporate offices have "stress relief boxes" that are filled with Bubble Wrap for the employees to pop.