CHEWING GUM

Recreational chewing:
A retrospective

Blackjacks and Beemans:

The origins of chicline

Blibber-Blubber Doubble Bubble

Workin' on the Chain Gang

Gum Facts
(that smack of the truth)

Gumball Machine

The irrepressible Wrigley

Pick 'n Chews Pilgrimages

Tom and Becky: A love story


Sticky Questions — a quiz


Tom and Becky: A love story


Sharing someone's ABC (already been chewed) gum is a sign of true love, as Tom Sawyer proved when he shared a piece with Becky Thatcher. The following is a selection from Mark Twain's Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Chapter VII.


...Then they sat together, with a slate before them, and Tom gave Becky the pencil and held her hand in his, guiding it, and so created another surprising house. When the interest in art began to wane, the two fell to talking. Tom was swimming in bliss.

He said:
"Do you love rats?"
"No! I hate them!"
"Well, I do, too LIVE ones. But I mean dead ones, to swing round your head with a string."
"No, I don't care for rats much, anyway. What I like is chewing-gum."
"Oh, I should say so! I wish I had some now."
"Do you? I've got some. I'll let you chew it awhile, but you must give it back to me."

That was agreeable, so they chewed it turn about, and dangled their legs against the bench in excess of contentment.


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