Today is National Bubblegum Day! This is the one day kids can chew gum in school to earn money for the charity of their choice. I don't know how long this has been going on and I don't remember my school doing this. Sounds like fun though, so I hope some schools are participating today. I've always loved bubblegum. I remember when Bubble Yum first came out. After years of chomping down on hard bubblegum like Bazooka, the softness of Bubble Yum was a real treat. I can almost hear Tracy's husband screaming right now. He's a dentist -- bless his heart.
Bubblegum was invented in 1906 by Frank Fleer, but it didn't work very good. It wasn't until 1928 that a successful gum was produced. It was called Blow Gum at first and later became known as Blo Bubble. Fleer's company kept working and created the gum known as Double Bubble, which is still available today. It's commonly believed that bubblegum is pink because that's the only color the inventor had at the time. Bubble blowing has become a big deal and there are competitions every year to see who can blow the biggest bubble. Click here to see what I mean. The largest bubble is 23 inches, blown by Susan Montgomery Williams in 1994. With the invention of gums like Bubble Yum, Bubblicious and Hubba Bubba, even a novice can blow a humongous bubble. Check out my blog here where I entered a bubblegum contest. Things got messy, not to mention hairy.
This picture here is of my girls, Nicole & Nichelle, taken in 2001. That year we had gotten a bubblegum making kit and the girls were attempting to blow bubbles with what they made. The kit worked, but the gum didn't make very good bubbles. So, if you can get your hands on some bubblegum, today is the day to do it. Click here to see another website that has a lot of fun facts on Bubblegum Day, including some kid's books featuring bubblegum. Have fun and try not to get those sticky bubbles in your hair!