1.) In 1957, Marc Chavannes and Al Fielding, two engineers in Hawthorne, New Jersey were attempting to make a plastic wallpaper with a paper backing. Their idea never took off, but they realized there was a use for what they had created, which is celebrated on January 28th. Today is Bubble Wrap Appreciation Day! In 1960, realizing the product they made was perfect for packing heavy items, they incorporated the Sealed Air Corporation and today, that company has annual revenues of more than $7 billion dollars.
2.) She’s facing three civil lawsuits related to the disappearance and death of her daughter, but Casey Anthony is broke. The 26 year old is nearly $800,000 dollars in debt, with just over a grand in her bank account, so she has filed for bankruptcy protection. Among her obligations, $500,000 to her defense attorney, $145,000 to the Orange County Sheriff’s office for fees and costs related to the case, and over $68,000 to the Internal Revenue Service. An attorney in one of the civil trials says that bankruptcy is a calculated delay tactic. Anthony claims it’s “the next step towards closure for me.”
3.) The “sounds of silence” is a hit … and we’re not talking about the Simon and Garfunkel song. A CD of sounds of silence from inside an English church has sold out. Members of the St. Peter’s Church in Seaford, East Sussex, England, believe the atmosphere in their small 12th century church is so unique that its peacefulness would have broad appeal. The only sounds heard on the 30 minute CD are squeaks from the wooden pews, some footsteps and the distant hum of passing traffic. Orders have come from all over the world and money from the sale of the CD is helping raise money for church repairs.