Someone is cleaning up part of the Gum Wall,
a 100-foot (ish) stretch of Post Alley (between Pike St. and Union St.) beneath the Seattle's Pike Place Market. (wikipedia
Begun in 1993 around the entrance to the Market Theater, the city's most unhygienic visitor attraction is a brick alley covered on both sides, from toe to a considerable heights, with wads of chewed gum. [more inside]
posted by Sunburnt
on Jul 15, 2013 -
Chewing gum artist.
"Mr Wilson has created more than 8,000 works of art this way - each one photographed and catalogued for his archive. A picture can take anything from two hours to three days to complete."
posted by rodgerd
on Nov 5, 2010 -
Today, Mexico announced new, tighter tariffs on American goods, including restrictions on U.S. chewing gum
. Some say it's because of Teamsters
, but the hatred of American chewing gum may harken back to a 19th century military coup. Exiled after numerous attempts to rule Mexico as a military dictator, General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna (yes, that General Santa Anna
) spent part of his time in exile in -- of all places -- Staten Island
. Santa Anna planned to fund his new army with a secret asset: he intended to sell chicle
to the Americans. Although the General thought it had more uses, inventor Thomas Adams found the stuff fun to chew on
. A few years later, Adams flavored his gum, inventing Black Jack Gum
, the oldest continually-made chewing gum in the United States. Sadly, due to recent tariffs, General Santa Anna's army-building Black Jack chewing gum will now cost 20% more to export to Mexico.
posted by AzraelBrown
on Aug 18, 2010 -