Bubble wrap is a pliable transparent plastic material used for packing fragile items. Regularly spaced, protruding air-filled hemispheres (bubbles) provide cushioning for fragile items.
In 1957, two inventors named Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes were attempting to create a three-dimensional plastic wallpaper. Although the idea was a failure, they found that what they made could be used as packing material.
Yeah, I know; bubble wrap is not a word. I mean a single word. But I had to pay homage to this magical item; one of the most entertaining thingumajigs ever. Thanks bubble wrap! I love you.