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• Gum-chewing has been around since the caveman days, when these prehistorics chewed on lumps of tree resin. Ancient Greeks chewed a resin from the Mastic tree, known as mastiche, while the Mayans of Central America chomped on chicle, a natural gum from the Sapodilla tree. The American Indians cut up the bark of spruce trees to obtain the sap they chewed. They shared this with early European settlers, who added beeswax to make the concoction easier to chew. •

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John Curtis was probably the first to sell chewing gum commercially. In 1848, he cooked up spruce tree resin on his Franklin stove, called it State of Maine Pure Spruce Gum, and sold two pieces for a penny.

• An Ohio dentist came up with an idea to exercise the jaws and stimulate the gums of his patients, and in 1869, William Semple received the first patent for chewing gum. He never marketed his product (made mostly of rubber) commercially. • Remember the Alamo? Notorious Mexican dictator and general Antonio Santa Anna played a major role not only at the Alamo but also in bringing chewing gum to America. Living in exile on New York’s Staten Island in 1869, turn the page for more!

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• The first gum to be sold from a vending Wrigley introduced Juicy Fruit in 1893, machine was one of Thomas Adams’ brands, spearmint shortly afterward and Doublemint Tutti-Fruitti. The machines were installed in in 1914. New York City subway stations in 1888. • Although the Doublemint twins weren’t • Frank Fleer is credited with the invention of seen on television until 1960, the twins ad bubble gum in 1906, calling his formulation campaign began in 1939, and is one of the Blibber-Blubber. But his recipe never made longest-enduring campaigns ever developed. it to market because it fell apart, was hard to Early Wrigley radio ads included double chew and was too sticky. Fleer’s company piano players and double violin players, which didn’t give up its experiments, however, and were followed by billboards featuring twins in 1928, 23-year-old Walter Diemer, one of scattered across the American countryside. Fleer’s cost accountants with no chemical Indiana twins Jayne and Joan Boyd were the experience, perfected the process and named first on television, playing tennis and riding his creation Dubble-Bubble. As he worked bicycle, as they urged gum-chewers to “Double on the mixture, the only food coloring on your pleasure, double your fun.” hand in the lab was pink, and bubble gum’s • If you’re a child of the 1960s, you may recall characteristic color was the result. Sad to say, the hobby of making gum wrapper chains. Diemer didn’t patent his invention because Gary Duschl of Virginia Beach started folding he was afraid of revealing its secret, and it wrappers in 1965, and his project now spans wasn’t long before the competition got into 62,000 feet, with nearly 1.5 million wrappers. the act, most notably Bazooka. That’s the height of about 40 Empire State

he made the acquaintance of Thomas Adams, whom he told about a gummy substance from the Sapodilla tree that his countrymen had been chewing for centuries. Santa Anna had a ton of chicle shipped to New York, with the intent of combining it with rubber to make cheaper tires and rainboots. When all the vulcanization experiments failed, Adams came up with a plan • The Topps Company began manufacturing Bazooka bubble gum shortly after World War to manufacture chewing gum. He received a II. They started adding comic strips featuring patent for a gum-making machine in 1871 and an eye patch-wearing Bazooka Joe to each began producing unflavored chicle gum. He piece in 1953. In the 1930s, a comedian then added sarsaparilla flavoring and called it named Bob Burns invented a tubular musical Adams New York No. 1. His next additive was instrument using two pipes and a funnel. licorice flavoring, and a long-time favorite, Burns called the contraption a bazooka, based Black Jack, came into being, remaining in on the sound it created. Bazooka Joe took his regular production from 1884 until the 1970s. name from Burn’s invention, and stranger • Chicle gum was a good replacement for the still, so did the rocket launcher known by the spruce and paraffin-based gums because same name! it was smoother, softer and held its flavor. Over the years, chicle has been replaced by • When 29-year-old William Wrigley arrived in Chicago in 1891, he had $32 to his name. He newer synthetic materials that are much less got his start selling soap, offering free baking expensive, and there are very few companies powder as an incentive to his customers. still using natural chicle. Besides a gum base, Before long, the baking powder was selling gum ingredients are sweeteners, flavorings better than the soap, and he made a switch. and softeners, such as glycerin or vegetable As an incentive to buy more baking powder, oil. A stick of sweetened gum contains about Wrigley offered free chewing gum with a half teaspoon of sugar. That white powder each can. We all know what happened next! on a stick is a type of granulated sugar called

Buildings! Gary only uses Wrigley brands and estimates his chain represents close to $96,000 worth of their products.

• About half of the U.S. population chews gum, with average annual consumption of about 180 sticks per person. In the United Kingdom, that figure is 125, while Russians chew about 50. The average resident of China consumes only 20 sticks per year, and those in India, only four. •

The machine used today by the Wrigley company to wrap pieces of gum is made up of more than 6,000 parts.

• It requires about 53 square miles of farmland (that’s about 30,550 football fields) to grow the mint Wrigley uses to flavor its mint gums. • Although there are more than 1,000 varieties of gum sold in the U.S., it’s not the country with the most manufacturers. That distinction belongs to Turkey that boasts more than 60 different companies.

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Train a Cat? It’s Possible DEAR PAW’S CORNER: Can you train a cat? -- Janice in Wheeling, W.Va. DEAR JANICE: Sure, although I’m of the opinion that most cats train you. Seriously -they learn, pretty early on, what “buttons” to push to get you to give them food or treats, let them out, pet them or stop typing a pet column and pay attention to him or her. But you can have the last laugh and train your cat to respond to commands or signals. Remember that cats are very different than dogs in their approach to the world and in how they respond. In fact, you’ll want to somewhat mimic the way that your cat learns to train you: They observe you quietly, then test a few different methods of getting what they want and adopt the most successful one. It’s also important to note that cats don’t respond well to negative reinforcement. You can shake a can of pennies at them or hiss or yell “no!” when a cat is doing something you don’t want it to do, and that might work in the

short term, but mostly their response is to run away. If you’re training a cat to specifically do something on command, you need to use positive reinforcement almost exclusively. This is rewarding the cat with a treat, a stroke or a kind word immediately after it responds to the movement you’re trying to teach. The cat needs to develop a positive association with the activity. Keep training sessions short and somewhat spontaneous. Most cats don’t last more than five or 10 minutes per session. And don’t get discouraged if your cat doesn’t “get” it after days or weeks. Instead, be patient and look for new ways to make the connection with your cat. Send your pet questions and tips to ask@ pawscorner.com, or write to Paw’s Corner, c/o King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. Find more pet advice and resources at www. PawsCorner.com. (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.


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TO YOUR GOOD HEALTH By Paul G. Donohue, M.D. Shedding Light on Tanning DEAR DR. DONOHUE: Recently, my daughter attended a sweet-16 birthday party for one of her best friends. She is a beautiful girl. When my daughter showed me pictures of her friend, I was shocked. Her face and arms were deeply tanned. I have no idea how many hours she must have spent under a tanning machine. I am very concerned about her. Would you write about the dangers of tanning? -- Anon. ANSWER: Ultraviolet light, the kind of light we don’t see, has powerful effects on the skin. Ultraviolet A rays constitute 95 percent of the UV light that makes its way to earth. UV A rays do not burn and tan skin as much as UV B rays, but they do damage skin. They cause skin wrinkling; they dry skin; and they produce age spots (liver spots). And they also add to the risk of skin cancer. Ultraviolet B rays are more destructive. They are the burning rays, and they have a greater effect on skin cancer production. Both A and B reduce the skin’s innate immunity. Exposure to both UV A and UV B injures the skin cells’ DNA, and that’s what sets the scene for future skin cancer. Humans have learned to cope with UV light by tanning. A tan offers some protection against further damage. UV light activates melanocytes, and they pass their melanin -- a dark pigment -- to other skin cells. That has the effect of providing an umbrella for the skin. However beneficial that might be, the fact remains that in obtaining a modicum of protection with a tan, skin-cell DNA has been dealt a major blow.

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Debt Settlements Rife With Fraud With more and more people falling behind on bills, it makes sense that the number of debt settlement companies is on the rise. Unfortunately, the incidence of consumer fraud from those settlements also is increasing. The Government Accountability Office did an investigation of debt settlement companies and reported that: • Consumers are being told to send payments to the debt settlement company instead of the credit-card company -- even on accounts that are still current. This destroys the consumer’s credit rating even more than it already is. • Consumers are being guaranteed that the debt will be reduced or go away, or that lawsuits will stop. Credit-card companies, however, don’t like working with debt settlement companies. • Upfront fees are required, and most of that money doesn’t go toward the debt. • Less than 10 percent of consumers who enter into a monthly payment agreement

No tan can be considered healthy. Sun exposure in adolescence might be the most dangerous time for ultraviolet damage. Tanning booths and tanning beds are considered a threat equal to the sun for promoting future skin cancer. People of all ages should protect their skin from exposure to UV light. Such exposure happens every time a person goes outdoors. Cloud cover is a poor absorber of UV rays and offers little skin protection. Sunscreen application should become a habit. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What’s considered ideal pool-water temperature? In our apartment complex, we have a large pool that is so cold I rarely use it. I am getting a thermometer to measure its temperature. I would like to have a reference temperature to present to management if the water is colder than it should be. -- N.U. ANSWER: Pool water is comfortable for most when its temperature is between 82 and 86 degrees F (28-30 C). The water is cool enough to keep strong swimmers from overheating, but warm enough to keep floaters from freezing. *** DEAR DR. DONOHUE: What’s the purpose of ear wax? I seem to produce tons of it. I can’t find an answer to this question, so I thought I would write to you. -- C.N. ANSWER: Ear wax keeps the ear canal moist. Without it, the canal’s lining dries up and itches. It also traps foreign debris, including bacteria, viruses and fungi that find their way into the ear canal. *** Dr. Donohue regrets that he is unable to answer individual letters, but he will incorporate them in his column whenever possible. Readers may write him or request an order form of available health newsletters at P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475. (c) 2010 North America Synd., Inc. All Rights Reserved

will finish it. • Consumers often end up in worse financial situations, and much further in debt. There’s no reason you can’t call your debt holders yourself. If you’re truly in a financial hole and they see that you won’t be able to pay the debt as originally agreed, they might agree to settle for less and reduce your payments. Warning: If you do get a credit-company to settle for less than the original amount owed, that money could become a tax liability to you. In other words, if the forgiven debt is more than $600, it becomes taxable income. (This applies unless you are truly insolvent -- your debts are greater than your assets. Other situations apply, so research yours before you agree to settle a debt.) In most cases, you’ll get a 1099-C tax form in the mail at the end of the year, and the Internal Revenue Service will get a copy of that same form. It’s expected that you’ll add the forgiven amount to your income for that year. Senators Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) have sponsored The Debt Settlement Consumer Protection Act of 2010 in the hope of reining in debt settlement companies that are abusing consumers. In part, the legislation asks for more disclosure for consumers, a limit on the fees the companies can charge and more enforcement at the state and federal levels.

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Tidbits® of Jefferson County there were more than 800 across America. By their peak in the 1960s, that number was close to 4,000. Improved sound techniques brought poles to the lot with individual speakers for patrons to hang on their car windows. These were later replaced with a broadcast system that used a vehicle’s radio, eliminating damage to speakers and poles caused by cars.

DRIVE-IN THEATERS June 6 marks the 77th anniversary of the opening of America’s first drive-in theater. This week, Tidbits looks at the history of this form of entertainment. • Camden, New Jersey, was home to the first drivein theater in the U.S. It was the brainstorm of Richard Hollingshead, whose family owned a local chemical plant. Hollingshead experimented with the idea in his backyard, beginning with a sheet nailed to trees and a 1928 Kodak projector attached to the hood of his car. He positioned a radio behind the sheet and began tests for sound, car angle and weather conditions. • Hollingshead obtained U.S. Patent 1,909,537 for his idea, and with a $30,000 investment, opened his drive-in on Camden’s Crescent Boulevard on June 6, 1933. His sound system, which he called “Directional Sound,” consisted of three main speakers mounted next to the screen. Admission price was 25¢ for the car and 25¢ for each person ($4 maximum per carload) to see the feature comedy “Wives Beware.” He used the advertising slogan, “The whole family is welcome, regardless of how noisy the children are.” • Although Hollingshead’s drive-in only operated for three years, he paved the way for the spread of a new industry. Within eight years, 27 states had drive-in theaters, and 15 years after the first one,

• As baby boomers began bringing their children to the drive-in, theater owners came up with a use for the area between the screen and the cars. They added playgrounds! Some innovative owners offered miniature golf, pony rides and even fireworks. • Some of the most popular names for the drive-in were the Starlite, the Moonlite, Sunset, Sky-Vue, Star-Vue and Motor-Vue. Two theaters set records for the number of cars that could be accommodated, one in Detroit, Michigan, and one in Lufkin, Texas, which could each park 3,000 cars. • With the introduction of color televisions in the 1960s, the popularity of drive-ins began to decline. Daylight Savings Time robbed viewers of an hour of viewing time. Weather conditions often had a negative effect on business. Because drive-ins were usually located on large tracts of land on the outskirts of town, as commercial development moved outward, owners found that their property was worth more to shopping mall and subdivision developers. Drive-ins began to be leveled in the name of progress. • The drive-in industry is far from dead, with about 500 operating across America today. With a wave of nostalgia, new drive-ins are even being constructed, like the Mayberry Drive-In in Moneta, Virginia, which features a retro 1950s diner providing patrons a view of the screen. • Catch a flick at the Northfield Drive-In, and you can walk across state lines as you traverse the snack bar. Enter in one door in Northfield, Massachusetts, and exit out in Winchester, New Hampshire.

complete a project.” That’s when they decided to sort the zillions of Legos strewn around the house, organize them by color and subject and keep them in one room. See-through plastic bins now house the reds, the grays and the blues, while plastic tackle-box-style containers with dividers store ladders, shields, animals and people. “Now that we’ve made order out of chaos, they can actually be more creative,” she says. “Plus, it makes cleanup less overwhelming at the end of the day.” Melissa thinks outside the Lego box when it DONNA’S DAY: CREATIVE FAMILY FUN comes to other clever clutter busters. Namely By Donna Erickson keeping track of electronic gadgets, gizmos and cords that can strangle a family’s living space. Corral Clutter Creatively Cell phones, chargers, a camera and even a laptop land in a wide top drawer situated under For the Legomaniac Scott boys and their a kitchen counter top. When a gadget needs friends, it was a dream come true when they charging, it is plugged into a surge protector, woke up to the wondrous site of a gigantic which sits in the back of the drawer. A 3-inch Lego truck on the street in front of their house. Ryan, the driver and team member of the “Lego hole drilled through the back end of the drawer routes the power-strip cord to an outlet. BrilExperience Tour,” had no idea how the truck liant! No more messy cords and no more miswith more than 200 Lego figures emblazoned placed phones. on its exterior would capture the hearts of the kids when he passed by on the way to set up the Here are more clutter busters: --Arrange your child’s personal-care items such exhibit at the Minnesota State Fair. as hairbrush, barrettes and shampoo in portable With three boys under the age of 8, the Scotts don’t actually buy Lego bricks by the truckload, plastic caddies or totes with handles. Paint names and decorate the outside. Store in bedbut when Melissa invited me into her sons’ “Basement Lego Room” amidst the excitement rooms or under the bathroom sink. that morning, I was all smiles. With Lego post- --Set a basket at the base of the stairs as a collect-all of everyday stuff such as books, shoes ers on walls, completed models on shelves and and toys. With just a single trip up the stairs, cool projects in process, it’s a dynamic gatheritems may be returned to their proper places. ing place for kids and their creativity. *** “But we finally had to come to grips with the Donna Erickson’s award-winning series “Donna’s Day” is airing on public television nationwide. To find more of her creative clutter,” said Melissa, as she lifted a bin of family recipes and activities, visit www.donnasday.com and link wheel parts onto a shelf. “The kids were frusto the NEW Donna’s Day Facebook fan page. Her latest book is trated when they couldn’t find the right piece to “Donna Erickson’s Fabulous Funstuff for Families.”

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• It was French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte who made the following sage observation: “In politics, absurdity is not a handicap.” • You may consider the bikini to be a modern phenomenon, but in the ruins of Pompeii, which was buried by ash from an eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in 79 A.D., there are murals depicting people in two-piece bathing suits. • Are you a librocubicularist? If, like me, you like to read in bed, then you are. • Academy Award-winning actress Bette Davis was evidently so concerned about the possibility of gaining weight between roles that in the 1940s she took out an insurance policy on her waist, in the amount of $28,000. • According to statistics from the Social Security Administration, about one-third of people who claim to be more than 100 years old aren’t telling the truth. It seems that people age 75 and older tend to add years when asked how old they are, while those under age 75 tend to say they’re younger than they are. • Beer steins have covers to keep flies out. • Last year, much was made of the Obama family’s plan to adopt a dog. Many first families have had pets, though, and some presidents have not been content with a run-of-the-mill dog or cat. For instance, Thomas Jefferson kept two bear cubs in a cage on the front lawn of the White House, and Theodore Roosevelt had a zebra. An alligator was the pet of choice for John Quincy Adams, and James Buchanan kept an elephant. • Jujiro Matsuda was a blacksmith before he founded the Mazda auto manufacturing company. *** Thought for the Day: “The kiss originated when the first male reptile licked the first female reptile, implying in a subtle way that she was as succulent as the small reptile he had for dinner the night before.” -- F. Scott Fitzgerald (c) 2010 King Features Synd., Inc.


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1. In 2009, Tony Kubek became the fourth former major-league player to win the Ford C. Frick broadcasting award. Name two of the first three to win it. 2. When was the last time the Cincinnati Reds had a 20-game winner? 3. Who was the last college football defensive tackle before Ndamukong Suh of Nebraska in 2009 to finish in the top-five in Heisman Trophy voting? 4. In 2008, New Orleans guard Chris Paul set a record with a steal in his 106th consecutive regular-season game. Who had held the mark? 5. In the past four Olympics, how many times has the Russian men’s hockey team won a gold medal? 6. Richard Petty won five NASCAR Cup season titles during the 1970s, while Cale Yarborough won three in a row. Who won the other two during the decade? 7. Who was the last father before Roger Federer in 2010 (Australian Open) to win a Grand Slam tennis event?

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HOLLYWOOD ... Anthony Hopkins, one of the best actors in the business, has signed on to play the villain -- an evil sorcerer -- in “Arabian Nights,” an action-thriller about “a young commander who, after his king is killed in a palace coup, joins forces with Sinbad, Aladdin and his genie to rescue Scheherazade and her kingdom from dark powers.” Debra Winger fans will be happy to learn that she will be showing up this season, both on the little and big screens. (All projects to be announced.) And those other girls -- Lindsay, Paris and Britney -- also have many plans in the works, and we will bring them to you when we learn what they are. Aside to Vivian M. of Ocala, Fla.: Ho boy! I’m going to give it a try in the spelling department. The name of the town in Mississippi where Oprah Winfrey was born is Kosciusko. And while on the subject of the lady, I would not be surprised if one day she runs for president of the United States. That’s about all she hasn’t reached for, AND attained. A thinned-down Queen Latifah appeared recently on the “The Late Show With David Letterman.” Wearing a fancy black dress, her long hair straightened and very auburn at the ends and flung around her shoulders, she was very glamorous and lots of fun. Heaven help us if she and Oprah ever join up on anything. It would explode with dramatics. Robert DeNiro receives still another award. This at the Taormina Film Festival in Rome. And from what I hear, this is a big honor that goes along with much fun. And for Signore DeNiro, yet another statue for his shelves. Word from a friend in New Orleans who lives in the lovely old Garden District: She says each day another celeb moves in, and it’s fun to look out of her window and see Sandra or John or Nicolas or Angie and Brad running round.

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