Fantastic Bubblegum Portrait

January 7, 2010

Only just found this now, ’tis a pity I’ve already finished my magazine as this would have been an excellent feature to include. This portrait is by Artist: Beatrix Mira and can be purchased via the following link for a very reasonable price.

“The Chewing Gum Man”

January 6, 2010

Above is one of Ben Wilson’s amazing gum arts! The artist, also known as “The Chewing Gum Man”, turns eyesore discarded chewing gum into something good to look at! Certainly one answer to the problem of chewing gum litter I say! Check out more of his work here.

World’s oldest chewing gum!

January 3, 2010

This piece of ‘gum’ may have lost it’s minty flavour

Spitting out chewing gum on the street is a widely despised habit that can land you with a fine.

But our tendency to discard the half-masticated blob appears to date back at least 5,000 years, it was revealed.

The ancient equivalent of a Wrigley’s Spearmint has been prised from the ground by a British archaeology student digging in Finland.

The lump of birch bark tar dates back to Neolithic times and comes complete with Stone Age tooth prints.

Sarah Pickin, 23, was among five British students volunteering at the Kierikki Stone Age Centre in Finland when she found the tiny, ancient blob.

‘I was delighted to find the gum and was very excited to learn more about the history,’ she said.

Neolithic people are thought to have chewed the bark tar to heal mouth infections – and also used it to glue broken pots together.

The tree tar contains phenols which have antiseptic properties, explained Prof Trevor Brown, who is Miss Pickin’s tutor at the University of Derby.

The gum is to go on display at the centre in Finland.

Source: Metro

Solving the gum litter problem

December 22, 2009

Introducing gummy bins!

“Solving the chewing gum problem isn’t about cleaning gum off pavements. It’s about changing people’s behaviour so that they will put their gum in a bin.

Gummy Bins® is a breakthrough in solving the chewing gum problem. It’s about prevention, not cure. It’s appealing and quirky. It’s fun and different! And it has serious and proven effects.”

Example of one of their bins:

Gummy Street®

  • High traffic areas, gathering places, city centres, schools, etc
  • High risk security areas (with the clear cover)
  • Indoor and outdoor use
  • Informal, everyday use
  • 500 piece high capacity cartridge
  • Available with a Granite finish in black, stone and light grey.

Bit of history

December 15, 2009

Found a great website ILoveGum.com which documents the entire history of gum from the 1850’s to 2006, with pictures, definitely worth a look at:

Click to view

A.E. Barrow Newsagent | London

December 14, 2009

Another example of oversized gum packets, makes for a very nice window display:

Student killed by exploding chewing gum

December 13, 2009

Not your average chew ‘n’ review blog post…

A chemistry student who had a habit of dipping chewing gum into citric acid was killed when the gum exploded in his mouth, reported Australian news site news.com.au.

According to Russian news agency Ria Novosti, the 25-year-old man was found at his parent’s home in the Ukraine city of Konotop, with the lower half of his face blown off.

Police found packets of citric acid and ‘some kind of explosive material’, on a table in his parents’ room.

They believe the student may have confused the packets and accidentally dipped the gum in the explosive substance instead.

SOURCE: Asiaone.com

Witty Ad Campaign

December 6, 2009

That reminds me, have to put a how to get gum out of hair article in my mag somewhere…

Taste Test?!

December 5, 2009

While a little out of date, this article is still quite interesting and could end up as content in my mag. Click the image to read the taste test:

Image of the Day!

December 5, 2009

To keep my blog ticking over, I will now be posting an image each day which will appear in the navigation box to the right.