National Chewing Gum Day - September 30

Every year on September 30, the day of chewing gum is celebrated by lovers of chewing gum around the world.

We do not know what the source of the holiday is and why on this date, it's probably because it is William Wrigley's birthday in 1861 (American chewing gum industrialist, the founder and eponym of the Wm. Wrigley Jr. Company in 1891).

In honor of the day of chewing gum, get some interesting facts about it:

People used gum 5,000 years ago.  

Different forms of gum have existed since the Neolithic period. In Finland there is something with dental imprints believed to be a 5,000-year-old gum made from shell bark. At that time, it was believed that kelp shell had disinfectant properties and other medical benefits.

Many other cultures chew gum made from the gum tree, plants, weeds and other resins.  

In 1848, John B. Curtis developed and sold the first commercial chewing gum called "The Mint of the State of Maine".  

Around 1850, a gum made of paraffin wax was developed.  

On December 28, 1869, William Sample, a dentist from Ohio, USA, registered a patent (No. 98304) for the chewing gum he invented.

In 1871, Thomas Adams invented modern chewing gum when he tasted the spudilla resin from which he wanted to make toys.

The myth that gum swallows is very dangerous because chewing gum can "talk" to one part of the digestive tract is almost untrue, because the chance of it happening is very small.  

Want to celebrate the day of chewing gum? Buy a pack of your favorite flavored chewing gum, chew and give your friends some.

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