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The Alamo and chewing gum

 
 
Equus
 
Reply Mon 26 Apr, 2004 08:49 am
A trivial fact, but true:

General/Presidente Santa Anna, who defeated the Texian garrison at the Alamo, contributed to the invention of chewing gum.

The very same Santa Anna, old and in exile, was living in Staten Island in 1871. He imported a large quantity of sap from central American chicozapote trees (chicle) to the US, hoping to find a market for it. It was the first introduction of chicle to the US. In central America, chicle's use as a chewable substance was already known, but it was not very palatable. Because it was similar to natural latex, Santa Anna thought perhaps chicle could be used in American industry as a rubber substitute.
Santa Anna showed the chewable chicle to his secretary, Thomas Adams. Adams came up with the idea of adding sugar and flavoring to chicle, and voila- chewing gum was born.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Mon 26 Apr, 2004 09:07 am
I'm still chewing on that one.
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Ceili
 
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Reply Mon 26 Apr, 2004 09:41 am
chicle - chiclette anyone??
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Mon 26 Apr, 2004 09:46 am
Would that make "The Alamo" a chicle flick?
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Equus
 
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Reply Mon 26 Apr, 2004 10:20 am
Baaaaaad.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Mon 26 Apr, 2004 10:23 am
Oh, now, don't gum up the works.
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roger
 
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Reply Mon 26 Apr, 2004 12:38 pm
And keep your chicle pickin' hands to yourself.
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Mon 26 Apr, 2004 01:25 pm
This is all going to encourage people to stick their gum under theater seats. Evil or Very Mad Very Happy
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Dartagnan
 
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Reply Mon 26 Apr, 2004 01:33 pm
Remember the Alamo--dadgummit!
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Lightwizard
 
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Reply Mon 26 Apr, 2004 04:22 pm
Perhaps if we had invented chewing gum and they had it at the Alamo, they could have shot expended wads out of a cannon and really messed up the hair of Santa Anna's army. Having a bad hair day, they may have retreated.
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