BUBBLE GUM DAY
Celebrating Bubble Gum Day on the first Friday of February every year doesn’t burst many people’s bubbles. It’s a fun way to chew your favorite flavor of bubble gum, blow some spectacular bubbles and raise money, too.
Bubble Gum Day helps raise money for schools and the charities they support. Students donate 50 cents to be able to chew bubble gum in class on Bubble Gum Day.
Long before any substantial chewing gum formed bubbles, ancient human beings chewed bits of resin from trees. All around the world, people collected substances from the available trees and used them for dental care and general enjoyment.
It wasn’t until 1928 after decades of failure by those before him, and several of his own, that Walter Diemer created the first bubble producing gum. His employer, the Fleer Chewing Gum Company, marketed it as “Dubble Bubble”.
The largest bubble gum bubble ever blown was 50.8 centimeters (20 inches) in diameter. Chad Fell of Haleyville, Alabama blew the bubble with three pieces of Dubble Bubble on April 24, 2004 at Double Springs High School in Winston County, Alabama.
HOW TO OBSERVE #BubbleGumDay
Grab your quarters and bubble gum! It’s time to chew some gum, blow bubbles and raise some money for a good cause.
If your school doesn’t participate, encourage your school to set up a fundraiser. The funds can be donated to a local charity, new band costumes or foreign language emersion trip. Those are just a few ideas to get you started.
Use #BubbleGumDay to share on social media.
BUBBLE GUM DAY HISTORY
In 2006, Ruth Spiro, children’s author and mother, founded the celebration/fundraiser to create a fun way for children to participate in school fundraising.
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Q. How many calories are in one piece of bubble gum?
A. One piece of bubble gum contains approximately 29 calories?
Q. Do the calories count if you don’t swallow the gum?
A. Yes. The calories count even though you don’t swallow the gum.
Q. Is there a difference between bubble gum and chewing gum?
A. Yes. Bubble gum produces larger bubbles and is typically sweeter. While chewing gum can still produce bubbles, they are neither as large or as lasting as those made with bubble gum.