spending all your allowance on gum so you could have the longest
wrapper chain in the entire neighborhood? It takes 50 wrappers to
make a chain one foot long. In the early 1970s teens Randi Grossack
and Barbara Malkin in Long Island, New York assembled a chain that's
196 feet, eight inches long over 9,800
wrappers. More recently, the Guinness World Record book recognized
a gum-wrapper record of 18,721 feet. In case you want to beat it,
here's how to get started:
Get a pack of flat stick gums like Wrigley's Juicy Fruit or Doublemint.
Remove and fold the individual paper wrapper lengthwise into thirds.
Fold in again, in half, crosswise. Fold each end in toward the center;
this becomes the first link in the chain. Repeat with remaining
wrappers to create many links. To assemble the chain, slip the ends
of the second link into the "V" of the first link. Add
to the chain by feeding the ends of link three through the ends
of link two, and so on, in a zig-zag pattern (see picture).