- Don't pop someone else's bubble wrap without permission. This could lead to Bad Things Happening to your person..
- Don't pop bubble wrap in quiet public places (like libraries) unless you want it confiscated.
- Don't pop bubble wrap in a store if you haven't paid for it. They get cranky when their rolls of bubble wrap are all limp.
- It is always good form to offer to share your bubble wrap.
- Giving your bubble wrap to children is good for Karma points.
- Chicks dig bubble wrap. Always bring it along on a date.
On this date in 1904, at about 8:15 am, an explosion took place in the Harwick Mine at Cheswick, Springdale Township, Pennsylvania. The Harwick Mine was new, and presumed to be relatively safe, but there was a lapse in maintenance and part of the mine was not properly ventilated. An inspector's report showed that coal dust had accumulated in that area. I quote:
Sprinkling and laying of the dust had been neglected; firedamp existed in a large portion of the advanced workings. The explosion could be transmitted by the coal dust suspended in the atmosphere by the concussion from the initial explosion, the flame exploding the accumulations of firedamp and dust along the path of the explosion, carrying death and destruction into every region of the workings.Death and destruction is right. 179 miners died in that shaft. Here is a tribute to their memory. This site presents contemporary newspaper reports on the explosion and its aftermath. It makes for fascinating reading as you can follow day by day the efforts to rescue the men trapped underground.
Doing the Bubble Dance