The first Bubble Gum Day was created by children’s author, Ruth Shapiro, in 2006 as a fundraiser for schools.
If you have an elementary school child, you probably already know that Bubble Gum Day is the only day where kids are permitted to chew gum at school – as long as they pay 50 cents.
Today, the celebration includes libraries, community centers, and businesses. Everyone is in on the fun!
Did you know?
- When Walter Diemer invented bubble gum pink food coloring was the only color available – pink bubble gum is still the most common
- Chewing gum burns around 11 calories per hour.
- Chewing bubble gum while cutting onions can keep you from crying
- 60 percent of bubble bum is sugar
- Swallowed bubble gum will NOT get stuck to your intestines – it passes through your system because it is made with rubber which is indigestible
- Singapore has tried to get rid of gum, fining $6,000 for possession
- Scientists found a 9,000-year- old wad of chewing gum in Sweden.
- You can remove gum stuck in your hair with vegetable oil spray or peanut butter
- The energy Americans expend everyday when chewing bubble gum was enough to light a city of ten million people.
- Turkey is the country with the most gum companies; the United States is second.
- Chewing gum while on a plane can keep your ears from popping
- Only humans chew gum. If you give a monkey bubble gum, he will chew it for a minute and then take it out of his mouth and stick it in his hair.
How to celebrate Bubble Gum Day:
Try to beat the Guinness World Record for the biggest bubble ever blown.
Chad Fell (USA) blew a bubblegum bubble with a diameter of 20 inches without using his hands at the Double Springs High School, Winston County, Alabamaon 24 April 2004. His record still stands with Guinness World Records. (That’s twice the size of a basketball!)
He tried to break his record in 2009 on the Early Show on CBS but was unsuccessful.
He says the secret to blowing huge bubble gum bubbles is using three pieces of Dubble Bubble gum.
In 1994, Susan Montgomery Williams set a Guinness World Record for while using her hands with a 23 in-wide bubble.
Her other claim-to-fame is for popping gum louder than her competitors. In fact, in October 1989 she was arrested at the Fresno Fair after her loud popping disturbed attendees at an outdoor Smokey Robinson concert. Charges were dropped.
Don’t forget to post a photo of you with your amazing bubblegum bubble on social media with the hashtag #BubbleGumDay
See how many bubble gum trivia questions you can get right.
How many sticks of gum does the average American chew in a year?
A. 200 B. 300 C. 400
300 sticks of gum per year
How many tons of gum are chewed every year? A. 50,000 B. 75,000 C. 100,000
100,000 tons per year – the weight of over 14,000 African elephants
If all the five-chunk packs of Bubble Yum ever chewed in the U.S. since it’s introduction in 1975 were laid end-to-end, how many times would it circle the earth at the equator? A. 2 B. 5 C. 7
7 (and a little more!)
San Luis Obispo, California, is the home of ‘Bubble Gum Alley’. What is it? A. An alley with brick walls covered with ABC (already-been-chewed) gum wads. B. The place where bubble gum was invented. C. The home of the largest collection of bubble gum machines.
An alley with brick walls covered with millions of gum wads over the past 20 years.
Richard Walker holds the record for the Chomp Title by chewing 135 sticks of gum for the longest time. How long did he chomp? A. 5 hours B. 6 hours C. 8 hours
8 hours The first person to win the ‘Chomp Title’ was Sue Jordan, who chewed eighty pieces of Doublemint gum for five hours and twelve minutes! Clyde Steward McGehee, of North Carolina, broke that record by chewing 105 sticks of Juicy Fruit for six hours and Richard Walker broke that record by chewing 135 sticks of gum for eight hours.
The Topps company holds the record for having made the largest single piece of bubble gum. How many pieces of normal-sized Bazooka did it equal? A. 5000 B. 8000 C. 10, 000
10,000 – Topps presented the gum to baseball player Willie Mays in 1974. Mays then cut it into small chunks and gave it to children in nearby hospitals.
The 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie card is the most valuable Topps Company card. How much did it sell for at auction? A. $75,000 B. $120,000 C. $1,000,000
What is the Official Gum of Major League Baseball? A. Bubble Yum B. Bazooka C. Topps
In 1998, Bubble Yum became the first official bubble gum of major league baseball.
When was the first successful bubble gum invented? A. 1891 B. 1906 C. 1928
1928 The first known bubble gum, “Blibber Blubber,” appeared in 1906. It failed to catch on because it was too sticky and too brittle so it didn’t hold together when it was chewed. The first successful bubble gum was invented by Walter E. Diemer in the summer of 1928. A 23-year-old accountant who knew nothing about chemistry, Diemer created his invention in a tiny laboratory in Philadelphia. The only food coloring he had on hand was pink. “It was an accident,” Mr. Diemer said in an interview with The Lancaster Intelligencer Journal in 1996. “I was doing something else and ended up with something with bubbles.”
Watch a movie with a bubblegum blowing scene
Here is a video compilation of 18 movies with bubblegum blowing scenes. How many do you know? (List of movies in credits at the end.)
A couple of the most famous bubblegum blowing movie scenes aren’t there:
And then there’s the classic one-liner: