Veronica's Random Dose - Ten Random Chewing Gum Facts For Your Reading Pleasure.
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!
- It takes about 5 years for chewing gum to decompose in a landfill.
- In the early 1800's, lumps of spruce resin came to be the first commercial form of chewing gum marketed in the United States.
- 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.
- 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.
- Gum should never be swallowed. It could cause intestinal tract and esophageal obstructions.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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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