Who knew gum had such an interesting story to tell?

Um, trick question. We did. And you did. Because of COURSE gum is fascinating.

Read on, and revel in the wonder that is magical, glorious chewing gum. Yum.

Fun Facts

Fun Fact #1

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.

Fun Fact #2

Cinnamon, spearmint, and peppermint are among the most popular flavors of chewing gum today.

Fun Fact #3

Chewing gum while cutting onions can help a person from producing tears.

Fun Fact #4

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.

Fun Fact #5

The largest bubble ever blown was 23 inches in diameter. The record was set July 19, 1994 by Susan Montgomery Williams of Fresno, CA.

Fun Fact #6

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 chicle. That’s the same sap from the sapodilla tree to now give Glee Gum such great chew.

Fun Fact #7

The whole “seven years” thing is a myth. A piece of 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. That said, we still don’t recommend that you swallow it!

Fun Fact #8

Singapore has tried to completely forbid gum, with heavy fines of over $6,000 for possession or use without a prescription.

Fun Fact #9

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.

Fun Fact #10

Turkey is the country with the most gum companies; the United States is second.

Fun Fact #11

Chewing gum burns around 11 calories per hour.

Fun Fact #12

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.

Fun Fact #13

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.

Fun Fact #14

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.

Fun Fact #15

Chewing gum after meals may help prevent heartburn.

Fun Fact #16

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.

Fun Fact #17

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!”

Fun Fact #18

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.

Fun Fact #19

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.