The Coolest Most Boring Thing Ever–Cardboard Boxes

There’s nothing more boring than a cardboard box right?

Wrong.

Boxes are silent protectors. Guarding your favorite items, escorting them and hiding them from evil mailmen, rain, the TSA, and wild cats. Not to mention today, they are saving the earth with an average of 27% recycled material. I’ve always had a fascination with the industry and real complexity that comes from what most consider ‘boring’ items. Boxes have made men millionaires, broken others, and contributed to the happiness of each and every one of us.

What we know as a ‘box’ is really what’s known as a chipboard or corrugated box— it has three layers. Two flat pieces and one wavy flute piece, for extra protection.

For the input of one box, there’s input from marketing teams, graphic designers, executives, and engineers.

Cool facts about boxes:

  • There is actually a real museum dedicated to the cardboard box! It is located in Valréas, France, and is called Musée du Cartonnage et de l’Imprimerie (Museum of the Cardboard Box).
  • In 2004, the architect Peter Ryan, from Melbourne, designed and built a livable house made from cardboard boxes.
  • 95% of products are shipped within a corrugated box, 75% of which are recovered and recycled.
Corrugated box close up

Source: Craig Sunter

For more info about how a box is made, check this out:

www.tappi.org/paperu/all_about_paper/earth_answers/earthanswers_howboxes.pdf

 

 

 

Dental Masks as Fashion? Really??

So I was hanging out downtown the other day and I saw the weirdest thing. This girl was wearing, I don’t know what you would call it. A surgical mask – you know, those things people wear during flu season, or like to prevent SARS. Like those masks they wear when they’re working on your teeth at the dentist. Dental masks. Those things.

Anyway so she was just wearing this, but it was decorated to look like the mouth of a monster. Like sharp teeth, pointy tongue, etc. Is this a new trend with teenagers now? It’s really, really weird. I just don’t even know what to say about it. But, the girl who was wearing it seemed pretty happy so more power to her I guess.

Travel Halfway Across the World with A Bunch of Weirdos

Selling travel and tourism online is nothing new. Heck, last time I checked there are about 63,422 websites out there whose sole purpose is to score people “the lowest prices” on plane tickets. But then I can across a site that’s shucking “small group China tours.” This seems like one of the worst ideas I’ve ever heard of.

Don’t get me wrong, traveling to/in China actually sounds like a lot of fun. There’s a ton of interesting culture to see and some pretty amazing scenery. I would love to go there with two or three friends, maybe. It’s the “small group” part that gets me.

Taking a three-hour road trip with just your family is bad enough. Would you really want to travel halfway across the world with a bunch of weirdos you’ve never met before? (As the chances of rounding up a sufficient amount of people you do know who also want to travel to China seem pretty slim.) My mother-in-law once flew to Shanghai with a Jackie Chan fan club group–people whose love of Jackie Chan gave them all at least something in common. She reported that  it was one of the worst travel experiences of her life. Now imagine traveling all that way with people you have nothing in common with (except that you’re all stuck on the same 8-10 hour flight).

Then imagine having to spend like a week or so with these weirdos. In China. It’s not like you could just duck out from the group and go site-seeing on your own, because it’s a guided tour. And if you get left behind or lost on a guided tour in China, I’m pretty sure you’re forced to stay there for the rest of your life.