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.
Wrigleys 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 sons 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,
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.