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Bursting the Bubble on Chewing Gum

Do you ever wonder what it is about chewing gum that gives you hours of chewing enjoyment? Why is it that the flavor disappears long before you get bored from blowing bubbles and chewing? Keep reading to find out what gum is made out of and why we can chew it for so long.

A Bit of History

Before WWII chewing gum was made from chicle and flavors. Chicle is sap that comes from the sapodilla tree. Basically, chicle is a form of rubber. Think of rubber bands. When you chew on rubber bands (gross!) they don't dissolve and neither does chicle. Chicle is a bit softer and hardens and softens according to temperature.

Chicle practically became non-existent after the war, so scientists were forced to come up with a new resin (tree sap or rubber.) Since then, gum bases have been made from various natural and unnatural resins. All of them become softer when heated and harder when cold, just like chicle. While a lot of natural resources are hard to come by for gum, the Wrigley Company still uses softener in the base which comes from pine trees found in some parts of the United States.

Chew on This

Enough of the history lesson. The main ingredients in gum are sugar, gum base, corn syrup, softeners, flavoring and coloring. Gum base is mostly plastic and rubber but it also might have latex which is a natural ingredient. Natural latex, such as chicle, is the sap from trees in the rain forest. Gum manufacturers like to keep their exact recipes secret.

So what you should have learned is that the reason gum doesn't dissolve in your mouth is because you are chewing on a wad of rubber and/or latex with a bit of flavoring. This also means that when you swallow gum it won't be digested so it comes out in one piece. It will, however, stay inside you for a few days.

Did you know that it is illegal to manufacture, import or sell gum in Singapore?

When I was younger, I would watch "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" all the time. So, one time I decided I didn't want to spit out my gum, and so I put it behind my ear like Violet does in the movie. It was a sad picture when I woke up the next morning with gum everywhere in my hair. I had to use olive oil, and about 3 or 4 hours of combing to get out all the gum. My parents even had to cut some of my hair because they just couldn't get it out.

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  • Eraser.
  • Dried up snot ball.
  • Someone else's gum.

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    I AM Poem   By: SmartSunnyShadow     I am insecure and imaginative I wonder how God’s imagination can be this endless I hear my dad’s screams I see the beauty in the sky I want to go home I am insecure and imaginative   I pretend I’m someone I’m not I feel melancholic I touch my wet tears I worry how people think of me I cry frequently I am insecure and imaginative   I understand the purpose of living I say the opposite of what I mean I dream lucidly and endlessly I try to wear a mask I hope I will fulfill my dreams I am insecure and imaginative                                                                   
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" Hello, Link. Wake up. The Great Deku Tree wants to talk to you! " The high-pitched voice barely penetrated my sleep, but thankfully ripped me from the nightmare. The words, however, didn't register, and I acknowledged whoever was speaking to me with a groan. Complete with me rolling over. Then a light started flashing across my closed eyelids, rapidly; almost quickly enough to give me a moment of epilepsy. It was confusing, because I was facing the wall.... As the light did that, the voice came again: " Link, get up! Hey, c'mon! Can Hyrule's destiny  really  depend on such a lazy boy?! " The feminine voice was louder now--not only because it was shouting. It sounded  naturally  loud. But what in the world did she mean by Hyrule's destiny depending on...  me ? Curiosity made me want answers, and the want for those answers prompted me to roll back over, sit up and the edge of the bed, and sleepily open my eyes. The interior of my house was still dim... it must've been dawn. My eyes widened more than being just open when I saw the blue ball of light floating in my vision... with barely visible, crystal-clear wings. I was being addressed by a  fairy . Instead of being a typical 11-year-old and responding verbally, I straightened up and rested my hands on my lap. My attention was fully on this fairy, the only one to speak directly to me in my life. " You finally woke up! "  her loud voice exclaimed.  " I'm Navi the fairy. The Great Deku Tree asked me to be your partner from now on. Nice to meet you! " I was genuinely shocked.  Finally , I was like every other Kokiri. The smile that spread across my face was uncontrollable... and I couldn't think of what to say. Mido wouldn't be able to make fun of me anymore! "C'mon, he wants to talk to you. Let's go!" Navi called. I hadn't noticed her hover to the doorway, floating by the green curtain that served as a door. I hopped up, adjusted the hem of my green tunic, and put my pointy green hat on as I moved to the door. After exiting, I first brushed some blond locks behind my pointed ears on one side of my face, and then pulled the curtain open and bunched it up behind a hook on the wall, so it would stay open. Navi patiently hovered by my head, lurching downwards almost comically as I descended the ladder attached to my elevated porch. My house was one-of-a-kind; the only one with a porch like that. When I turned to walk up the path, my aquamarine eyes met a familiar pair of sapphire-blue, topped by rich, deep green hair. The bangs were separated from the main body of the hair--chin-length and thick--by a headband just a shade darker than the hair. All of that rested on an eleven-year-old-girl, with pale skin, wearing a more emerald-green sort of vest and shorts. A long-sleeved shirt the same green as her hair was worn underneath the vest, and matching green boots graced her feet. It was Saria, my lifetime friend, accompanied by her lime-green fairy. Since a smile was sufficient greeting for her, I did that, and Saria cheerfully waved back. "Hey, Link! Oh, you've got a fairy now?!" Proudly, I nodded. An excited laugh escaped her lips. " I'm so happy for you! " My already-existent smile widened. "I, uh... thanks. But the Great Deku Tree wants to talk to me. I have to hurry." "He does?" Saria asked. " What an honor! " If it was even possible, her face was expressing more joy than before. "I wonder why...? Wait, you'll find out, hehe. Don't let me stop you! Good luck!" I gave her one last smile, and then started up the brief uphill climb, to where the path branched off into two more. Speeding up into a slow run, I turned right, passing a few Kokiri houses, then shortly reaching the pond. I didn't want to go around; today's events had me happy and energized. So, I hopped across the three little "islands", landing a few feet away from the path between the cliffs that led to the Deku Tree's clearing. Mido was standing at the edge, looking about the greenery all around us, and the surreal trails of light that floated about the forest. I was just about to pass into it when he jumped up and blocked my path. "Halt! What's your business?" he interrogated, in his bossiest voice yet. I knew he was doing this only because he hated me. "I'm going to talk to the Great Deku Tree, of course," I replied in my usual gentle voice. "No. Don't bother him," Mido said in a pompous manner. Being the Kokiri's leader got into his head sometimes... I swear. "But... Navi told me that he said he needed me." "Why? Who's Navi?" he asked. " You got a fairy, eh? Hmph. " "I don't know why..." I answered through clenched teeth. This was beyond irritating. Mido thought for a moment, also clearly relishing my annoyance. "Come back later with a sword and a shield. There's monsters in there. It's not safe." That was probably a load of lies. There were no monsters in Kokiri Forest, period. In frustration, I threw my hands up, and raised my voice--a rare occurrence. Revel in it while it lasts. " Where  in this village am I supposed to find  weapons ?!" Mido giggled. He sounded like a girl when he did, at least to me. "Just look. See ya in a while... or never." I stormed off, avoiding the pond entirely this time, and flopped down against the tree-trunk house right next to the pond with a scowl. The name of whoever owned that house never stuck with me, but he had turned it into a sort of shop a while ago. Which was pointless, because there was no way for any of us to get rupees. Yes, I had a few--ten--but that was collected over the course of my lifetime. Eleven whole years. Navi floated into my line of sight. "Link, your face is adorable when you're mad." I grunted. "Hey... you know the kid who owns this shop? He set a shield made of wood for sale a while ago. Thirty rupees." "I only have ten." "I know how you can get more."
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laptop definitely cause u can carry it around and desktop is tied down
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