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Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?

Updated on January 25, 2013

WELCOME TO CHEWING GUM CHUCKLES

There are many curious conundrums in the world that are a tad more intriguing than trying to figure out who put the overalls in Mrs. Murphy's chowder or how many fairies can dance on the head of a pin.

This light-hearded lens is designed to entertain those with a passion for pondering. Mind you, if the truth be told, this is not any kind of puzzling piece of pedantry.

Pondering requires a perplexing if not piffling problem for which there is no definitive answer, (unless you're prepared to sit down and chew on it for awhile).

So gumfighters, get ready and go for it! By the way, feel free to respond to our pondering poll: "Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?" (one of the greatest songs of all time)!

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CHEW ON THESE FACTS!

Or blow a few bubbles.

1. It seems that almost every culture enjoyed chewing or chomping on "gum." Ancient Greeks routinely gnawed on tree resin to clean their teeth and freshen their breath, and called their treat "mastiche." Indians chawed on the sap from trees. The Maya Indians of Central America gummed chicle while early settlers in America bit into hardened tree sap and beeswax.

2. The first bubble gum appeared in 1906 when Frank Fleer experimented with a gum that had bubbleability, but was too sticky and brittle to chew. The only way to get the popped bubble off your face was with turpentine! He called this fiasco Blibber-Blubber. Success followed with his next creation... Chiclets.

3. Twenty years later a twenty-three-year-old accountant named Walter Diemer got the formula right and called his invention double bubble. He added pink food coloring to make his concoction more appealing, the reason that today bubble gum all over the world is predominantly pink.

3. By the 1940s, bubble gum was so popular that it was included in the military ration kits given to U.S. soldiers.

4. Fifty years after the invention of bubble gum, soft bubble gum was developed for people who thought the original was too hard to chew. In the 1950s, sugarless gum was developed, replacing the sugar with artificial chemical sweeteners.

5. The United States of America spends more on gum than on elementary school textbooks.

6. One American scientists discovered that the daily energy expended by U.S. citizens while chewing bubble gum would light a city of ten million people.

7. One piece of "Bubble Yum" has 25 calories, as much as a Hershey's kiss or two gum drops.

8. According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the largest bubble ever blown was 23 inches in diameter!

10. It is illegal to manufacture, import or sell gum in Singapore -- but it's not illegal to order a Bubble Gum Martini.

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Image Credit: www.PopArtDiva.com - Recipe www.TheMartiniDiva.com

EVEN LITTLE MISS MUFFET MASTICATES! - To keep the Tooth Troll away!

Little Miss Muffet

Sits on a tuffet

Eating of curds and whey;

After she's through

She will Double Mint chew --

It keeps indigestion away!

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GORILLA GUM POLL

Who chews Gorilla Gum?

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Where Do Gum Gorillas Like to Hang Out?

Gum must be very popular in America judging by the 1,044 land features and populated places with "gum" in the name.

One has to wonder where names "Smutty Sweet Gum Creek" (in Washington County, Florida), "Chewing Gum Spring" (in Washoe County, Nevada), "Gum Cemetary" (in Bond County, Illinois) and "Gum Run Stream" (in Upshur County, West Virginia) came from?

Of course if you're a fan of Gorilla Gum, then you probably need to know where they'll welcome you and perhaps even let you "gum up the works" without getting arrested.

-- Gum (California, Tennessee)

-- Gumbud (Alabama)

-- Gum Corner, Four Gums, Gum Point and Red Gum Farms (Arizona)

-- Gumboro, Gum Crossroads and Gumwood (Delaware)

-- Gumdale, Gum Flat and Gum Spring (Tennessee)

-- Gum and Gum Fork (Virginia)

-- Gum Grove (Mississippi and Texas)

-- Gum Brand, Gum Hill and Gum Log (Georgia)

-- Corner Gum, Gum Branch, Gum Neck, Gumberry, and Sweetgum (North Carolina)

-- Gum Bayou Land, Gum Ridge and Red Gum (Louisiana)

-- Gum Spring (Alabama, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia)

-- Gum Springs (Alabama, Arizona, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, and Virginia)

-- Gum Sulphur (Kentucky)

-- Gum Landing and Gum Swamp (Maryland)

-- Gum Tree (Arizona, Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia)

-- Gums, Gum Spring (Mississippi)

-- Old Gum Tree and Gum Run (Pennsylvania)

-- Sweet Gum (Alabama and Georgia)

-- Sweet Gum Trail (South Carolina)

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Image Credit: Gorilla Gum illustration by Bill Mayer@flickr.com

SOMETHING TO CHUCKLE AND CHEW ON! - Does your chewing gum lose it's flavor on the bedpost overnight?

It's 1973 and here's a Lonnie Donegan classic comic song!

CHEWING GUM - Alternative uses that may surprise you!

There are many strange things in the world, but finding other uses for chewing gum is a real treat.

1. A little imagination and maybe you could come up with a pop culture portrait of Britney Spears as a gum blond!

2. Forget about pink elephants when you can come up with these strange-looking scuptures.

3. A great dietary option (see photo insert, vintage Wrigley's gum advertisement).

4. Funny fashion-conscious folks might like to try these Bubblegum Tights made by United OddSocks.

5. The Already-Been-Chewed gum works wonders on sealing leaky car radiators and tires, repairing musical instruments in a pinch or even fixing the hydralic piping of a bomber's landing gear.

6. A wad of well-used gum is a great alternative to fridge magnets in order to suspend notes of importance or to-do-lists.

7. Dentists have been know to recommend the use of chewing gum as a temporary filling pending a more permanent solution.

8. It comes in handy as an alternative weight-loss therapy (see vintage advertising insert).

9. One U.S. school district found that grape-flavored gum was useful in helping to banish pesky vultures.

10. Love the skin you're in, but with colored bubble gum now you can cover up those unwanted tattoos!

WHICH FRUITS ARE IN "JUICY FRUIT"?

There is no fruit in Juicy Fruit silly! The ingredients are:

Sugar, gum base, corn syrup, dextrose, natural and artificial flavors, glycerol, softeners, aspartame, sucralose, BHT (to maintain freshness.

SHE HUFFED AND SHE PUFFED...BUT IT STILL DIDN'T IMPRESS HIM!

SHE HUFFED AND SHE PUFFED...BUT IT STILL DIDN'T IMPRESS HIM!
SHE HUFFED AND SHE PUFFED...BUT IT STILL DIDN'T IMPRESS HIM!

GREAT GUM QUOTES

"Flattery is like chewing gum. Enjoy it but don't swallow it." -- Hank Ketcham

"Television is like chewing gum for the eyes." -- Frank Lloyd Wright, 1867-1958, American architect

"I pop gum. My parents get so annoyed with me. I know my dad wishes he never taught me how to do that." -- Hilary Duff, American pop artist

"Jerry Ford is so dumb he can't fart and chew gum at the same time. " -- Former U.S. President, Lyndon B. Johnson

"I'm here to do one of two things, kick ass and chew bubble gum. And I'm all out of bubble gum."-- Line from 1988 movie, "They Live".

DOES YOUR CHEWING GUM LOSE ITS FLAVOR ON THE BEDPOST OVERNIGHT?

When the world is going to heck in a handbasket, there are some who have really important things to do like seeking solutions to profoundly piffling problems...are you one of them?

Does your chewing gum lose its flavor on the bedpost overnight?

WHAT HAPPY PEOPLE CHEW NATURALLY!

Did you know that chewing Glee Gum while peeling onions will prevent you from shedding tears?

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Image Credit: Thomas Hawk@flickr.com

SPEAKING OF LEAVING ONE'S CHEWING GUM ON THE BEDPOST OVERNIGHT...

Is the bedpost the most appropriate place to leave one's chewing gum overnight?

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PICK YOUR NEW BUBBLE GAME FLAVOR

So, which new flavor of bubble gum would you choose?

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GRETA GUMSLINGER -- HAVE GUM WILL TRAVEL!

GRETA GUMSLINGER -- HAVE GUM WILL TRAVEL!
GRETA GUMSLINGER -- HAVE GUM WILL TRAVEL!

BEST KNOWN BUBBLE GUM HERO:

The one and only "Bazooka Joe"!

GUM FIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL!

GUM FIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL!
GUM FIGHT AT THE OK CORRAL!

HOW TO GET RID OF THAT GOOD-FOR-NOTHING GUM ON YOUR CLOTHES

HAVE A HO HO HO HALLOWEEN - Trick-or-Treaters all Scream for "Eye Scream" - Eyeball Gum!

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Image Credit: "Eye Scream - Eyeball Gum" - www.Bogleech.com

IN THE WORLD OF HO HO HO ... - There's always some guy gumming up the works!

YOUR CHOICE OF CHEWING GUM READING MATERIALS

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The 2007-2012 Outlook for Chewing Gum in the United States

For those who have deep pockets and don't mind chewing their way through all these pointless pieces of information about America's greatest pastime, chewing-gum.

 
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What every self-respecting workplace needs!

 

FUNNY FEEDBACK FROM CHEEKY CHEWING GUM FANS - Your fascinating feedback will be much appreciated. And, thank you so much for wasting so much of your valuable ti

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