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Veronica's Random Dose - Ten Random Chewing Gum Facts For Your Reading Pleasure.

Updated on January 18, 2010
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I like chewing gum.... There, I said it. I really like chewing gum.

As simple as that statement may be, chewing gum has and still does provides me with many benefits.

It helps me concentrate, calms my nerves, helps prevent dental caries (chewing gum that contains xylitol), and freshens my breath all at the same time.

In honor of my love for this sweet chewing snack, here are ten random chewing gum facts for your reading pleasure.

Here we go!

  1. It takes about 5 years for chewing gum to decompose in a landfill.
  2. In the early 1800's, lumps of spruce resin came to be the first commercial form of chewing gum marketed in the United States.
  3. Chewing gum has been recognized to reduce tension and contribute to alertness. Due to these findings, during the first and second World Wars, the U.S. Armed Forces supplied chewing gum to the troops.
  4. Chewing gum has been found to increase salivation, which aids in neutralizing acid in plaque on teeth. It is for this very reason that dentists recommend for their clients to chew on sugar-free, xylitol enhanced chewing gum in between brushings and meals.
  5. Gum should never be swallowed. It could cause intestinal tract and esophageal obstructions.
  6. In 1982 the editors of the Guinness World Book Of Records, stated that they would no longer record dangerous feats that could in affect, cause others to try to eclipse said records. Amongst the dangerous feats that would no longer be recorded, was the eating of live ants, goldfish, and chewing gum.
  7. In 1992, visitors to the Island Republic of Singapore had to declare on their customs forms, any chewing gum they had on their person. Although a few sticks for personal use were allowed, larger amounts were immediately confiscated. Why? The very beginning of that year, the government has banned the manufacture, sale, and importation of chewing gum. Anyone who sold chewing gum, were fined up to $1,200, and importers faced the possibility of being jailed for a year in addition to being fined $6,100.
  8. In 1998, the city of Florence, Italy, produced a "Charter of Tourists' Rights and Duties," which reminded visitors of what they could and could not do. Among the activities that were frowned upon, was the throwing of chewing gum on the ground.
  9. Manufacturers have actually produced ceramic chewing gum holders for kids and the chewing gum fanatic, providing them with a place to "store" their chewed gum until they are ready to start chewing it again.
  10. The Greek word for "mastic" - as in the Mastic Tree, a shrub-like evergreen - is related to a term that means "to gnash the teeth." This name suggests that from ancient times, the resin from the mastic tree was used as a chewing gum to freshen the breath.

Chewing gum has had a long history and fascinating history. These ten facts however, are just a sliver of the history of chewing gum.

Whatever your flavor choice, chew wisely, try not to swallow, and dispose of it properly.

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    • TheListLady profile image


      8 years ago from New York City

      This is fun - I'd like to try number 2 - that resin. Bet is was a good chew. To break up the endless gum chewing I got some blow pops today - you know you happily suck on them and then you have a fun bit of...gum! Yay!

      Rated up of course!

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I think I eat gum just about everyday myself. Thanks for stopping by, reading and leaving a comment kayla.

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      8 years ago

      i think so to i wish i can eat gum everday

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much AEvans for stopping by. I used to do the same thing - store my chewed gum for later. I'm glad you enjoyed this hub of mine.

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      8 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      I enjoy chewing gum to but could not imagine storing it somewhere to chew again. lololo well I believe as a child I did and reflecting back that was not a really healthy thing to do nor was swallowing the gum. I enjoyed this hub tremendously! :)

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks so much for stopping by wordscribe41. It's funny, you never know what you hold in common with others until you write or talk about it. Chewing gum always soothed my nerves, I guess that's why I like it so much. We are all doing well in this neck of the woods, I hope you and yours are doing the same. Thanks for asking.

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      8 years ago

      You're a girl after my own heart. I adore chewing gum, as well. There was a time I was pretty much never empty-mouthed. I could see it hanging out in my mouth in almost every picture. Interesting facts, whoda thunk about the Guiness book? Thanks for the hub, Veronica. Hope you're well.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Wow! Who knew there was actually a real phobia of gum chewing? Thank you so much askjanbrass for stopping by, and for sharing this additional information. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      8 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      There are a lot of people who can't stand the sight or sound of someone chewing gum. Not even just annoyed but it, but seriously distracted and bothered. I was told that the phobia of gum chewing is called "chiclephobia," but I can't seem to verify this with any credible source of information.

      Despite all that, I myself do enjoy chewing gum once and a while. Thanks for sharing, quite fun to read!

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I have heard of that myself as well. I think today it's much more acceptable, but I do know of a lot of my elders who feel that it's not ladylike.

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      8 years ago from Upstate New York

      Pretty good hub, I liked the way you organized and listed the facts you were reporting. You know, when I was growing up, it was kinda considered declasse for people, women especially, to chew gum. Don't ask me why--I don't know. Turns out there's more of a plus side to it than I thought.

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      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you dimj and fastfreta for stopping by.

      dimj - thnaks for you compliments.

      Fastfreta - believe it or not, there are some people who love their gum so much that they need a place to store it. :) Thanks for commenting, and I hope to see you soon.

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      Alfreta Sailor 

      8 years ago from Southern California

      I use to chew gum, but no more, my husband hated it in our early years, and I was accommodating, so I quit, and never started up again. However I like this hub especially the trivia. No. 9, ugh!

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      8 years ago

      Nice to meet you

      I love this hub.

      Thanks for the great article.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      thank for stopping by habee. We share similar likes, such as gum, trivia, and boiled peanuts :)

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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      I love gum and am a trivia freak, so this hub was right up my alley!

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you so much for stopping by Hello, hello. I always look forward to your feedback.

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      You must have done a lot of research and I thank you for all these interesting information.

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thanks for stopping by creativeone. It's amazing how something as simple as chewing gum, has such a long and interesting history.

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      benny Faye Douglass 

      8 years ago from Gold Canyon, Arizona

      wow, and I just thought it was chewing gum, go figure. Thank you for all this information about chewing gum that I didn't know existed. Thank you for sharing. Godspeed. creativeone59

    • Veronica Allen profile imageAUTHOR

      Veronica Allen 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      Thank you guys for stopping by, I appreciate your feedback.

      BkCreative - from what I read, part of the ban of chewing gum in Singapore was due to the effect wads of discarded gum had on their subway trains. One goverment offical was quoted to say that gum "causes filthiness to our public facilities." It's obvious from your experience, that this band has really worked. It's truly sad that people just do not know how to dispose of it properly. By the way, it took me years to learn how to "pop" it, and although it does tend to get on some peoples nerves, there's something about the popping sound of chewing gum that makes me feel sassy!

      Prasetio30 - chewing gum does have its benefits and its drawbacks. Since I'm a lover of the sticky, chewy stuff, I try to see the benefits.

      RebekahELLE - I agree, chewing gum does have a calming effect. I too remember popping it and competing with my siblings to see who could blow the biggest bubble.

      Thank you again for stopping by. Hope to see you soon.

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      8 years ago from Tampa Bay

      veroncia, what a fun hub! there is something about chewing gum at times, isn't there? you're right, it is rather calming and I never really thought of that, but it can be. I don't chew it often, but sometimes I do. I sure remember popping it when I was younger or seeing who could blow the biggest bubble. :]

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      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I have to start chewing gum right now. I have new information here. This is wonderful hub. I never thought before. Thanks Veronica.

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      8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You know Veronica Allen, it took me most of my whole life to learn how to 'crack' gum and now...finally...I can. Don't know why it is a pleasure but (snap, crackle, pop) it is! So chew I must.

      Meanwhile, I've been to Singapore and respect that chewing gum ban - (I bought back a magnet). Singapore is green, clean, and spotless. Meanwhile, I live in NYC where wads of black gum virtually cover the surface of subway stations and have for years - it's like there is more gum than cement now. I cannot tell you what a horror this is - ugh!

      Enjoy your chew!


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