Tree Sap, Science, and Bazooka Joe’s Real Name (Chewing Gum)
We ruminate on (but don't swallow) the history of our most favorite inedible hydrocarbon polymer.

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Chewing gum is a soft, flavored confectionery designed for maximum adherence to minivan carpets. It is also used for freshening breath, blowing bubbles, popping bubbles in order to annoy coworkers, and for reminding smokers that their doctor was right: nicotine is really addictive. Tree sap vs.┬áManilkara zapota van Royen Varieties of substances have been chewed for enjoyment by humans for …

The 5 Life Stages of Halloween
Celebrating the season of Sixlets and sultry and sassy lasses.

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Hear that? It’s the sound of Candy Manufacturer Workers punching time clocks because they have to work overtime to make more “Fun Size” Butterfingers for your kids to put in their plastic pumpkins! Which can only mean it’s Halloween, the worst time of year to be a diabetic or dental hygienist. Halloween History [su_pullquote align=”right”]…it has become much cheaper to …