Before you ask: yes, there really is a holiday for everything. You may be rolling your eyes right now, but you’ve got to admit that there are very few pleasures more satisfying than popping Bubble Wrap.
Not even demigods can resist the urge to puncture those plastic pockets of air when they’re feeling bored stressed. Even if that Bubble Wrap is protecting a priceless mystical artifact capable of ending all life on earth.
So, before you head out to your next big popping party, let’s look back and reminisce about the top three (er, only three) greatest Bubble Wrap moments from across the Riordanverse.
Delivered to Annabeth from Hermes Express
The best part of the Hermes Express delivery service, aside from its lighting fast speed, is that you never quite know what you’re going to get. Whatever’s in the box, you know it’s going to be super cool. Or at least useful on your current quest.
So, when Annabeth received a box from Hermes Express containing nothing but a pack of Bubble Wrap, she was understandably disappointed. What she didn’t know at the time was that the shipping supply would come in handy when she needed to wrap her broken ankle.
This moment ranks low, because we hate to see any Hero of Olympus laid out with a broken bone. However, this instance does confirm to us that Bubble Wrap isn’t simply packing material. It’s a gift from the gods.
Summoned by Hearthstone to Protect Blitzen
Whenever a dwarf is exposed to sunlight, they turn to stone. Which makes them incredibly fragile. To save Blitzen’s life following a fatal injury, Magnus and his friends had no choice but to petrify their dwarven ally before he could be fully healed.
Thankfully, Hearthstone was able to conjure up some mystical Bubble Wrap to protect Blitzen while en route to Alfheim. Without the power of this wrapping, Blitzen no doubt would have shattered during his perilous journey through . . . Provincetown Airport.
This moment serves as a reminder that when storing your valuables in the overhead compartment—whether that be your laptop, your glassware, or your critically injured dwarven friend—always remember to pack some extra Bubble Wrap just to be safe.
Used to Wrap Frank’s Burning Stick
Sometimes, when an especially awesome baby is born, the gods band together and decide This child is going to grow up to be too powerful. Let’s make it so their life force is forever tied to this flimsy stick. You know, so they can learn about humility or whatever.
Such was the tragic case of Frank Zhang. After he was born, Juno, the Roman goddess of war, warned the Zhangs that as soon as a certain wooden stick burned to ash, Frank would perish. Seeing that the stick was already in the fireplace, Frank’s mother quickly pulled it out of the fire and wrapped it in, you guessed it, Bubble Wrap. The safest of all packaging materials. As long as you can resist the temptation of going pop-crazy, which would put your son’s life at risk.
Easier said than done, trust us.
This National Bubble Wrap Day, keep these inspirational tales of protection in your heart as you venture off on your journey. And remember, never leave any bubble un-popped.
(Because otherwise, Bubble Wrap is really hard to recycle.)