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The First Bubble Gum Was Pink, The Only Color The Inventor Had Left (Video)

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Now this news won’t burst your bubble. Bubble Gum Day the first of February every year!

Bubble Gum Day helps raise money for schools and the charities they support. Students donate 50 cents to be able to chew bubble gum in class on Bubble Gum Day.

Long before any substantial chewing gum formed bubbles, ancient human beings chewed bits of resin from trees. All around the world, people collected substances from the available trees and used them for dental care and general enjoyment.

It wasn’t until 1928 after decades of failure by those before him, and several of his own, that Walter Diemer created the first bubble producing gum. His employer, the Fleer Chewing Gum Company, marketed it as “Dubble Bubble”.

The largest bubble gum bubble ever blown was 50.8 centimeters (20 inches) in diamter. Chad Fell of Haleyville, Alabama blew the bubble with three pieces of Dubble Bubble on April 24, 2004 at Double Springs High School in Winston County, Alabama.

  1. Kids in North America spend approximately half a billion dollars on bubble gum every year.
  2. The largest piece of gum ever was equivalent to 10,000 pieces of chewing gum!
  3. 100,000 tons of bubble gum is chewed every year all around the world.
  4. Chewing bubble gum is said to keep one from crying, as it reduces stress and helps in concentration.
  5. Sixty to 70 percent of bubble gum is sugar.
  6. Scientists found a 9,000-year- old wad of chewing gum in Sweden.
  7. The average American chews around 300 sticks of gum in one year.
  8. The head of the Philadelphia Chewing Gum Company (who happens to be the makers of Swell Bubble Gum), Edward L. Fenimore, has been said to have blown a bubble within a bubble within a bubble, that is, a triple whammy.
  9. In Africa, it was said that various tribes accepted large quantities of bubble gum in lieu of sheep and oxen, as payment for a wife.
  10. Another cool fact is that if your popped bubble gets stuck in your hair, you can remove it by rubbing the piece stuck with peanut butter.
  11. The color of the first successful bubble gum was pink, because it was the only color that was left with the inventor.
  12. A mathematician once calculated and figured out that the energy Americans expend everyday when chewing bubble gum was enough to light a city of ten million people.
  13. The first bubble gum ever marketed was done so under the name “Blibber-Blubber”.
  14. By the 1940s, bubble gum had become so popular that it was included in the ration kits given to U.S. soldiers.
  15. It is believed that ancient Greeks found relief from stress by chewing a gum that was made from a resin.
  16. Turkey is the country with the most gum companies; the United States is second.
  17. The largest piece of bubble gum ever was the size and weight of 10,000 regular pieces and was presented to baseball player Willie Mays by the Topps Chewing Gum Company in June 1974.
  18. Humans are the only animals on earth that chew gum. If you give a monkey a piece he will chew it for a couple of minutes, then he will take it out and stick it to his hair.
  19. During WWII, U.S. military personnel spread the popularity of chewing gum by trading it and giving it as gifts to people in Europe, Africa, Asia, and elsewhere around the world.
  20. Cinnamon, spearmint, and peppermint are among the most popular flavors of chewing gum today.
  21. Chewing gum while cutting onions can stop your eyes from tearing up.
  22. Studies suggest that chewing gum can help you concentrate. Studies also have shown that chewing gum may improve long-term and working memory, reduce muscle tension, and increase alertness.
  23. In the U.S. alone, the total amount of chewing gum sold in one year would make a stick 3.5 million miles (5.6 million km) long. That’s long enough to reach the moon and back seven times, or to circle the earth’s equator 150 times.
  24. Back in the 1920’s, prohibition increased gum sales because people needed to mask the alcohol on their breath. When prohibition was enacted, Adam’s Clove gum hit the market with the slogan: “It takes your breath away!”
  25. In 1848, John Curtis of Maine was the first to widely commercialize chewing gum, being ahead of his time. He developed a machine to mass produce it and started up a factory that produced eighteen hundred boxes a day. However, this gum needed to be dipped in powdered sugar to stay sweet.


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