Bubble wrap: one of man’s most useful inventions. From keeping your packages safe on their travels to providing hours of popping entertainment, the plastic sheeting was invented in 1957 by two entrepreneurs attempting to create a 3-D plastic wallpaper. But can bubble wrap protect a human from a 13-foot free fall?
Tonight, Duck Quacks Don’t Echo explores the physics of bubble wrap. Led by Tom’s hypothesis, the Duck Quacks gang tests whether the pliable plastic can cushion a stuntman’s jump from the height of a first-story window. Can it be done?
According to the amateur mathematicians of Reddit, this feat is in fact possible. The thread concluded that a 15-foot leap would require a tennis court’s worth of bubble wrap to protect the jumper. Wired also tackled the math problem, concluding that a stuntman would need to be wrapped in 39 layers of bubble wrap to cushion a six-story fall.
Duck Quacks Don’t Echo brings science experiments to life with crazy reenactments and hair-raising stunts. So how much bubble wrap will protect the crew’s stuntman? Find out tonight on an all-new episode at 10P.
Meet the lucky Duck Quacks bubble wrapper: