Snackmosphere (snak’ moh sfeer) – n. The empty but explosive layer of air at the top of a potato chip bag.
“This product is sold by weight, not volume. Some settling might occur will shipping” We see that on every bag of salty snacks, but we never realise how much fun or dangerous that gaseous space made by the settling can be. Kids who bring their lunches to school take advantage of that space, and squeeze their fun size snack bags till they pop loudly across the school cafeteria. Many times this causes a shower of chips, pretzels, cheeze doodles, or whatever they might have. To get an even louder explosion, some people take advantage of the larger bags at picnics and barbeques, but the effect is very much the same. There are new problems with releasing the Snackmosphere in social settings. Angry mothers who will fuss at you about the mess, and angrier grandmothers who will fuss at you about food waste. The family pets don’t care for the noise, but they love the outcome. Salty noms on the ground for everyone! Come on, Spike! Get over here, Muffy! Check it out, Puff! The humans were being stupid again, and we get the goodies! Releasing the snackmosphere can be funny, but the outcome is usually not quite as good as it should be.
Wrap-rage—Furious frustration from trying to open a newly purchased factory-sealed item.
Wrap-rage often occurs with media materials. Video Games, for either console or PC, DVDs, and CDs. Sometimes it occurs with other items too, most electric in nature, like blow dryers and and curling irons, anything that comes in an ultra-stiff plastic case. The wrap-rage with media products occurs when there is so much sticky tape that adheres to the case so well, you were wondering why you made the purchase, because surely the media distributor who sent it to the stores does not want you to use the thing. So much security for a $5 DVD? All that tape on the top of that Great Hits of Some Obscure Decade that you got on sale for a pittance? And the artists wonder why you’ve taken to downloading your music and movies. It’s just safer for those living in your home for you to do so. DVD security tape is less like to end up on a drape that way, or even worse, in the family pet’s fur or feathers. Wrap-rage takes its toll in the bathroom, the workshop, anywhere factory-sealed items might end up. Have that Bowie knife ready, because, unless you somehow got one of those Zip-it doodads that slides around those sharp plastic edges, that might be the only way you will some of these things open.