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Chew on This: On This Day in 1869 Chewing Gum Was Patented

Chew on This: On This Day in 1869 Chewing Gum Was Patented

On December 28th, 1869 the world saw the patent of chewing gum.

William Finley Semple (1832-1923), a dentist from Mount Vernon, Ohio, was one of the first people anywhere to patent a chewing gum.  Semple’s chewing gum was intended to clean teeth and strengthen the jaw.  Unlike the chewing gum that we know today, Semple’s gum was not sweet or very delicious.  Some of the ingredients included chalk and powdered licorice root.  Charcoal was also considered a suitable ingredient for the gum in the future.

To celebrate the invention of chewing gum, let’s learn a little bit more about this treat with these interesting facts.

1) Supposedly, chewing gum while cutting onions will prevent you from crying.

2) February 15th and September 30th are both National Chewing Gum Day.

3) The reason why bubble gum is pink is that it was the only color the inventor had on hand.  The color stuck around and even today bubble gum is predominantly pink.

4) If you swallow gum, it won’t sit in your stomach like the old wives’ tale claims, but it will sit in there for a couple of days.  Because the gum base cannot be digested, it will eventually pass out of our system in one piece.

5) Studies have shown that chewing gum can improve our concentration and may improve our long-term and working memory.  Chewing gum has also been shown to reduce tension and increase alertness.

6) Chewing gum burns approximately 11 calories per hour.

7) During Prohibition in the 1920s, gum sales increased as people tried to mask the smell of alcohol on their breath.

8) Chewing gum is one of the oldest treats in the world.  For thousands of years, people of all cultures have enjoyed their own versions of chewing gum.

9) The oldest chewing gum every reported was found by scientists in Sweden.  The wad of gum was reportedly 9,000 years old.

10) Turkey has the largest numbers of chewing gum manufacturers with over 60 producers.

We at the at The Maria Sanchez Show hope you enjoyed these interesting facts in honor chewing gum’s anniversary.  Don’t forget to check out our latest program, Shadow Politics with Senator Michael D. Brown. Tune in on Sundays at 4:00 p.m. PST/7:00 p.m. EST.

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