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A Fresh Start for Seattle's Famed 'Gum Wall'

Workers are removing an estimated 1 million wads of chewing gum

(Newser) - Crews have begun cleaning up Seattle's famed "gum wall" near Pike Place Market, where tourists and locals have been sticking their used chewing gum for the past 20 years. People first began sticking gum to the wall while waiting for shows at a nearby theater. Since then, the... More »

Seattle's Gum Wall Is Finally Getting Cleaned

20 years' worth of used gum will be cleared to protect building

(Newser) - One of America's grossest tourist attractions is getting a scrub-down. Seattle's gum wall in Pike Place Market, which has been collecting wads of chewed gum for 20 years, will be reduced to plain old brick beginning Tuesday courtesy of a contractor with an industrial steam machine, reports the... More »

Odd Suit Involves e-Cigarettes, Fruit Stripe Gum

TrinitySun using gum brand's trademarks to sell e-liquid: lawsuit

(Newser) - A candy company is downright bitter over an online e-cigarette company it says ripped off its trademarks. Ferrara Candy is suing TrinitySun, which operates , claiming the company sold an e-liquid mimicking its well-known Fruit Stripe gum, reports the Chicago Tribune . Ferrara says it contacted TrinitySun several times... More »

Song Stuck in Your Head? Chew Gum

Researchers say repetitive jaw motion helps get rid of earworms

(Newser) - Getting a song stuck in your head is no modern conundrum, with even Edgar Allan Poe complaining in 1845 that it is "quite a common thing" to be "annoyed" or even "tormented" by "the burthen of some ordinary song," reports the Los Angeles Times . Now... More »

Obama's Chewing Gum a Problem Once Again

He's spotted with the stuff at a parade in India

(Newser) - It's got to be better than smoking in public, but President Obama's gum-chewing habit keeps getting him in trouble. The latest kerfuffle came in India, where Obama was watching a parade; reports noted his chewing of what was likely Nicorette. That incident has now made a number of... More »

Chewing Gum Likely Killed Sleeping Basketball Player

Shanice Clark, 21, was found unresponsive Sunday morning

(Newser) - A western Pennsylvania university student and basketball player likely inhaled chewing gum into her lungs while asleep before being found dead in her dormitory over the weekend. The Washington County coroner's office says 21-year-old Shanice Clark of Toronto was found unresponsive about 3am Sunday at California University of Pennsylvania.... More »

Boy, 9, Arrested in Gum-Stealing Incident

Idaho kid allegedly blows off court date because he supposedly couldn't get there

(Newser) - Here's something to chew on: a 9-year-old who was arrested in Idaho for stealing a pack of gum. Or rather, for skipping the court date at which he would have had to face up to his alleged candy-themed crime, the AP reports. Scott Haug, the police chief in Post... More »

Never Give These Foods to Your Pet

Grapes, avocados, cookies are dangerous for dogs, cats

(Newser) - You may have heard that you shouldn't give chocolate to your dog—but how about grapes? Or sugar-free gum? Alternet lists eight foods that humans may consume, but pets definitely shouldn't:
  1. Sugar-free treats like gum, which contain xylitol. The sugar alcohol is extracted from fruits and vegetables to
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In China, Obama Chews Gum, Offends Locals

But also makes progress on expanding high-tech trade agreement

(Newser) - When 21 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member states convened in Beijing last night, China rolled out more than the red carpet. Treated as the biggest international event in China's capital since the 2008 Olympics, pollution levels have been lowered ( or at least manipulated ), a cultural show and... More »

US Is Losing Its Taste for Chewing Gum

Especially the sugary kind

(Newser) - It's a sticky situation for chewing gum makers: US customers are buying 11% less of the stuff than they were in 2009, research firm Euromonitor finds. Forecasts say sales will keep dropping by another 4% over the next half-decade, Quartz reports. Sugary gum is faring particularly badly. While sugarless... More »

Pentagon Working on 'Combat Gum' for Soldiers

... to cut down on costly dental problems

(Newser) - War is hell, and trying to fight one with a toothache is even worse, which brings us to ... Combat Gum. This is a real product being developed by the Army—gum that soldiers in the field can chew to kill disease-carrying bacteria and ward off expensive dental problems, reports the... More »

Wrigley Yanks Caffeinated Gum

It will wait on 'Alert' until FDA finishes regulations

(Newser) - Sorry, caffeine junkies, but you'll have to keep getting your energy boosts the old-fashioned way, because Wrigley is putting its Alert caffeinated gum on hold. The FDA raised concerns about caffeine increasingly popping up in weird things like gum and jelly beans, and a Wrigley exec says in a... More »

FDA's New Target: Caffeine Lurking in Your Chips, Gum

Officials fear effects on kids

(Newser) - Gum, jelly beans, trail mix, and potato chips: Added caffeine is popping up everywhere these days, "beyond anything FDA envisioned," says an official, who adds that the FDA only once offered specific consent for added caffeine in a food—for colas in the 1950s. Now, the agency has... More »

Spain Bans Gum That's Too Sticky

Lawmakers decide old gum is too expensive to clean off streets

(Newser) - Spanish lawmakers have come up with an ingenious way to save local governments money: Make chewing gum less sticky. Local councils have apparently been complaining that gummed-up sidewalks cost too much to scrub, so the Spanish cabinet has ruled that all gum in the country must now use a less-sticky... More »

Exploding Gum Kills Student

Ukrainian dies after dipping gum in wrong chemical

(Newser) - A Ukranian chemistry student accidentally blew off his jaw when he laced his chewing gum with an explosive substance, according to local authorities. He died of his injuries. The student, 25, had the habit of dipping his gum in citric acid before chewing and investigators believe he dipped it in... More »

Hamas: Israel Targets Gaza Youth With Aphrodisiac Gum

(Newser) - Hamas says Israel is corrupting Palestinian youth with aphrodisiac chewing gum. “We have discovered two types of stimulants that were introduced into the Gaza Strip from Israeli border crossings,” a spokesman tells AFP. “The first type is presented in the form of chewing gum and the second... More »

Gum Chewing = Math Smarts: Study

(Newser) - Researchers have discovered that gum-chewing students perform better at math, the Los Angeles Times reports. A study, sponsored by the Wrigley Science Institute, showed that young scholars who chomped on gum while attending math class, doing homework, and taking tests score 3% higher on tests after 14 weeks. Teachers found... More »

Chew on This: Biodegradable Gum Hits Stores

Will vanish in six weeks after a good chew

(Newser) - The first widely available biodegradable chewing gum hits British stores today. Chicza Rainforest Gum is manufactured in Mexico from the sap of the chicle tree collected by a cooperative network of chicleros, or gum farmers. Unlike regular gum, Chicza uses no petrochemicals, isn't sticky, and dries up and crumbles to... More »

Wrigley Gum Drops Brown Ads

Singer suspended 'until the matter is resolved'

(Newser) - Wrigley has dropped Chris Brown from its Doublemint ad campaign—"until the matter is resolved"—following the R&B singer's alleged explosive confrontation with girlfriend Rihanna. His song, "Forever," was used in the ads. The BBC also notes that his involvement in the Milk Mustache campaign... More »

Secret of Chris Brown Hit: It's Really a Gum Commercial

'Forever' is pop-song take on Doublemint jingle

(Newser) - Singer Chris Brown’s hit “Forever” has a trick up its sleeve: It’s actually part of a marketing campaign for Wrigley’s Doublemint gum. The top-10 song contains the lyric "Double your pleasure/double your fun" for good reason, which Wrigley will reveal tomorow. The company paid Brown... More »

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