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  • 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 around the world.
  • Cinnamon, spearmint and peppermint are among the most popular flavors of chewing gum today.
  • Chewing gum while cutting onions can help a person from producing tears.
  • The color of the first successful bubble gum was pink because it was the only color the inventor had left. The color “stuck,” and today bubble gum is still predominantly pink.
  • The largest bubble ever blown was 23 inches in diameter. The record was set July 19, 1994 by Susan Montgomery Williams of Fresno, CA.
  • Blibber-Blubber, a failed attempt at bubble gum, was invented in 1906 but was deemed too sticky to sell.
  • In the pre-Glee Gum days, the ancient Mayans chewed plain chiclé. That’s the same latex sap from the sapodilla tree to now give Glee Gum such great chew.
  • Swallowed gum won’t clog up your intestines, but it will be with you for a few days. Gum base can’t be digested so it will pass through your system in one piece.
  • Singapore has tried to completely forbid gum, with heavy fines of over $6,000 for possession or use without a prescription.
  • Studies have shown that chewing gum actually helps people concentrate and may improve long-term and working memory. Chewing gum has also been shown to reduce muscle tension and increase alertness.
  • Turkey is the country with the most gum companies; the United States is second.
  • Chewing gum burns around 11 calories per hour.
  • In 2006 the world-wide chewing gum industry was estimated to be worth $19 billion in sales, or 1.3 million metric tons of gum.
  • Chewing gum on an airplane will keep your ears from popping. Chewing gum makes your salivary glands produce 250% more saliva than normally, so you swallow more. This helps balance the pressure in your head.
  • 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.
  • Chewing gum after meals may help prevent heartburn.
  • 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.
  • 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!”
  • Chewing gum was illegal in all of Eastern Europe until Czechoslovakia began manufacturing it in 1957. Poland and East Germany quickly followed suit, but it was not until 1976 that the Soviet Union lifted its ban on gum.
  • 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.