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Did you know? Should you care?
Science for non-scientists
compiled by Markus Franke, editor

The first patent for chewing gum was issued in 1869 to William F. Semple, a dentist from Mount Vernon, Ohio.

In the early 1900s, William Wrigley Jr. was one of the first to promote the sale of branded goods through advertising. Wrigley’s new spearmint gum quickly became a best seller.

Cinnamon, spearmint, and peppermint are among the most popular flavors of chewing gum today.

The color of the first successful bubble gum was pink because it was the only color the inventor had left. The color “stuck,” and today bubble gum is still predominantly pink.

The largest bubble ever blown was 23 inches in diameter. The record was set July 19, 1994 by Susan Montgomery Williams of Fresno, Calif.

North American kids spend approximately $.5 billion on bubble gum every year.

Soccer is one of the five most dangerous sports in the world – more dangerous than bungee jumping and mountaineering.

Basketball was named after the half-bushel peach baskets, that inventor James Naismith used for the first game ever played in December 1891.

In 1782, the first hot air balloon took to the skies with a pig, a sheep, and a rooster on board. Man took to the skies a year later.

Early bicycles had wheels made of wood or metal, until an Irishman fitted his son’s tricycle with pneumatic tires in the 1890s. His name was Dunlop.

At just three years of age, Tiger Woods astonished his family as he shot 48 over 9 holes at the Navy Golf Club in Cypress, Calif.

Pittsburgh is the only city in the United States where all major sports teams have the same colors: black and gold.

In the four major U.S. professional sports, (baseball, basketball, football, and hockey) there are only seven teams whose nicknames do not end with an “S.” Basketball: The Miami Heat, The Utah Jazz, The Orlando Magic. Baseball: The Boston Red Sox, The Chicago White Sox. Hockey: The Colorado Avalanche, The Tampa Bay Lightning. Football: None.

Camels have three eyelids to protect their eyes from dust.


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