On December 28, 1869, in the USA, the dentist William F. Semple patented chewing gum.

On this day (December 28), 1869, in the United States, the dentist William F. Semple patented chewing gum.
The history of chewing gum could be traced back to prehistory and since then humans have sought out resins or similar products to chew. For example, in Kierikki, Finland, 6,000-year-old chewing gum made from birch bark tar, with tooth prints, has been found.
However, the history of modern chicle could be found in the jungles of Central America in the "Gran Petén" area where the Maya culture emerged more than 2000 years. The Mayans collected the sap from one of the abundant trees in the area called "chicozapote". The chewing gum that they obtained from the sapodilla sap was used for;
  • oral hygiene
  • tricking the stomach in fasting rituals
  • and even to hook broken objects
They called this chewing gum "Sicte" which means "vital fluid".
This chewing gum was used to trade with other Mesoamerican peoples and in that trade it is supposed to have reached the Aztec culture. The Aztecs gave this sap the name "Tzicli" which means "to hit". This word was mutating to the word "gum"
There are several theories about the development of modern chewing gum. One of them says that the former Mexican president General Santa Anna exiled in New York contacted the inventor Thomas Adams with the idea of ​​turning the "Aztec chewing gum" (which he used) into a cheap rubber. The cheap rubber invention didn't pan out and Santa Anna left. In order not to lose the investment (since he would have bought a lot of "Tzicli"), Thomas Adams kept trying to make a product with "Aztec chewing gum" and ended up producing "modern chewing gum."
Adams' "modern chewing gum" became very popular and attracted the attention of many inventors and entrepreneurs. One of these inventors was the dentist William F. Semple who ended up patenting the chewing gum that was intended to clean the mouth as stated in his US patent number 98,304.
As a curiosity, eat the first lines of patent number 98304 by William F. Semple;
" Be it know that, I, WILLIAM F. SEMPLE, of Mount Vernon, county of Knox, and State of Ohio, have invented a new and improved Chewing-Gum; and I do hereby declare that the following is a full, clear, and exact description of the same.
The nature of my invention consists in compounding with rubber, in any proportions, other suitable substances, so as to form not only an agreeable chewing-gum, but also, that from the scouring-properties of the same, it will subserve the purpose of a dentifrice."
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- Hello friends
- Hello
- I have a gift for all of you!
- what is it?
- a box of gum for each
- boxes of gum?
- yes!
- but 9 out of 10 dentists recommend against chewing gum
- yeah, but I've found someone who DOES recommend it!
- Bravo!
- Good!
- Hooray!

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