Chewing gum is a tension reliever for some while others look at it as a disgusting habit. Recently a 5,000 year-old piece of a modern equivalent of the sticky stuff (birch bark tar to be exact) was found by a British archaeology student while digging in Finland. It proves that chewing gum is an ancient thing.

Let’s have a look at the top 10 most bizarre stories involving chewing gum.

1 The wacky laws banning chewing gum

laws banning chewing gumIn Singapore chewing gum is banned – if you’re found doing it or if you litter the streets of Singapore with gum it could get you a $500 fine, or worse. However, thanks to work of Wm. Wrigley Jr. chewing gum company, and Washington D.C. lobbyist/ congressman Phil Crane onwards 2004 one can buy chewing gum with a prescription from a doctor. It’s worth noting that under the United States-Singapore Free Trade Agreement, the gum must have certain health benefits.

2 The video game that requires you to chew gum to play

video gameA video games maker in 2013 – introduced the world to Gumulon, which features a green, slug-like, football helmet wearing character named Ace. To control Ace, you need to stare at your iPhone and chew in a variety of ways. Side note: “Flirting with the monster induces him to shoot salt and pepper at you, which means extra points,” as per Gumlon’s website.

3 The football player that was arrested because of gum

Dwayne GratzMany NFL players have been arrested in the past for various reasons. However, Jacksonville Jaguars starting cornerback Dwayne Gratz was arrested in the most bizarre ways – he was trying to pay with chewing gum. A drunk Gratz was arrested in November 2014, in a Miami Beach store after trying to purchase items not with money, but with gum.

4 The thieves that stole chewing gum

thieves that stole chewing gumThe largest theft of gum so far happened in 2012 – in a crime taken straight from the campy Batman TV show of the 1960s sticky stuff worth £850 was stolen from a supermarket in Brough. In Romania the gum grabbers steal the the sweet treat to use as currency. While street vendors in the eastern European country use gum as change for their customers.

5 The Mexican general who fought at the Alamo and introduced gum to the mainstream

Mexican generalMexican general Antonio de Lopez de Santa Anna well-known as the leader of the Alamo attack – is regarded as the man that introduced chewing gum to society. Santa Anna was captured by Sam Houston in 1836 and during his imprisonment he chewed chicle to calm his nerves. (Chicle is a dried sap that comes from a Sapodilla tree that grows wild in the jungles of Mexico, Central and South America.). He was later exiled to New York where he once chewed the gummy matter in front of inventor Thomas Adams. After some time the Mexican general suddenly vanished. Adams then experimented on the substance further; mixed it in hot water, rolled into little balls and sold it to a local drug store. The tasteless gum was an instant hit, and sold out quickly.

6 The man who made aviation history with the help of gum

aviation historyIn 1927, Charles Lindbergh created aviation history – he became the first person to fly solo, nonstop, transatlantic flight from New York to Paris in his legendary Spirit Of St. Louis plane. During flight he barely slept, and went through severe rough patches of weather along the way; he even lost contact with the world for 15 hours after flying past Newfoundland. He also dealt with another problem – the compass was was mounted too high for him to read, so he mounted a woman’s compact mirror with gum as an adhesive. So, the gum helped Lindbergh make the 33 ½ hour flight across the Atlantic successfully.

7 The student who died from a gum explosion

gum explosion25-year-old,Vladimir Likhonos, a chemistry student died in December 2009, at his parent’s house after relatives heard what was reported as “a loud pop.” After his parents rushed into his room, they found that lower half of their son’s face was severely disfigured by the chewing gum blast. His jaw was completely blown off. Forensic tests were done on the chewing gum that revealed an unidentified chemical substance. The student had the habit of dipping the gum into powdered citric acid, but this time he dipped the gum into the wrong substance, because the two powders looked very similar. And that led to the deadly explosion

8 The actor who survived on gum and tea

actorHave you seen actor Jake Gyllenhaal in the film Nightcrawler? Well, if you have then you could have noticed that the man has lost a quite bit of weight. He has lost a whopping 30 pounds to play a deranged journalist in the 2014 film.

At the Toronto Film Festival, co-star Ritz Ahmal leaked the inside-information regarding the massive weight loss of Gyllenhaal. He said the star existed on nothing but gum and tea. He revealed that the actor chewed elaborately flavored “luxury” gum to trick his mind into thinking he had a meal while drinking one-calorie tea.

9 The man who bid $14,000 on a piece of chewing gum

man who bidIn the year 2004 pieces of pop star Britney Spears’ discarded, chewed gum went on sale on eBay. In one of the auctions the winning bid ended at $14,000. The eBay listing featured pictures of the gum, a copy of a ticket stub from the place where the gum was discovered, and what the seller describes as “a personal story of procurement.”

10 The gum being developed by the Pentagon

PentagonPentagon is reportedly developing a special gum for the Army. Nicknamed “Combat Gum,” this product is a gum that ”soldiers in the battleground can chew to kill disease-carrying bacteria and keep off costly dental problems.” BartlettWEIRDbizarre chewing gum stories,bizarre chewinggum,chewing facts,chewing gum,chewing stories,chewinggum,weird chewing storiesChewing gum is a tension reliever for some while others look at it as a disgusting habit. Recently a 5,000 year-old piece of a modern equivalent of the sticky stuff (birch bark tar to be exact) was found by a British archaeology student while digging in Finland. It proves...Daily News, News Magazine, Online Magazine