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G is for Gross Gum

Gack! Is that gum?

Gum is gross. It goes in the garbage. OK, it’s fun to chomp and chew on a big wad of gooey gum. Chewing gum can help calorie counters to stave off snack cravings. Bubble-blowing can be a great way to pass the time in a boring study hall or a rush hour traffic jam. So what, if gum chewing destroys braces and bridgework - and may even cause extra facial wrinkles.

But c’mon now!

Earlier today, I climbed out of my car at the drug store and stepped in a giant glob of you-guessed-it. Oh, not happy!


Know why lots of schools prohibit gum chewing? It’s not because of kids cracking and popping their favorite flavors in class. It’s not even because of the germs conveyed by sticky hands that have tugged and pulled on bubbly bundles.

You can bet that schools ban gum because custodians find it stuck to chairs, desks, floors, railings, bleachers, sidewalks, goal nets, and all sorts of other surfaces.

Gee, when I was in school, a kid was nicknamed Gumby. Know why? He used to stick his gum to the bottom of his locker shelf, so he could pop it into his mouth again between classes.

And did you ever find gum in the laundry, after someone left a piece in a pocket. Trust me. You don’t wanna know.

Get rid of that gum, would ya?

Please, don’t just toss it in the trash. Wrap it up in a tissue or something. We don’t wanna find it again later.

Gum-Puller by Helga Weber 

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  1. Totally agree,goes along with cigarette butts for me. Whatever your habit just don't litter!
    Nuff said :)

    Janice x

  2. That's funny. I can't stand gum either. My 7 year old does not have great teeth to begin with and for her gum is just banned. She knows it too, I just don't allow it. She goes through the Halloween candy bucket and sorts out the gum herself and hands it over ;)

  3. Gum is gross! Gum litter is nasty, there is no way around it. Honestly the way most people chew with their mouths wide open, well not attractive either!

  4. I also think gum is gross and hardly ever chew it. I've had the same pack of gum for over a year in my purse that someone gave me. I noticed on the way out of the gym the other day all the spots from scraped up chewing gum on the sidewalk. How tacky is that, people spit it on the ground right before they go in, even though there's a garbage can right next to the door!

    I applaud your hatred of gross gum! :)

  5. Gumby? Wow, that's disgusting!!! Fun read! Happy A-to-Z 2013! ~Angela, Whole Foods Living,

  6. It's good for helping to give up smoking too! But I agree it's unsightly on streets. When I was at school someone chucked gum in my hair and I had to cut a massive chunk out. Jerk!

  7. I rarely chew gum anymore, but I used to think sugarless gum was good for preventing cavities by keeping saliva flowing or something like that. Shrug. :)

    Happy A-Z!



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