National Chewing Gum Day / International Podcast Day

National Chewing Gum Day

September 30

According to the Soft Schools website, the oldest chewing gum found is believed to be 9,000 years old. It was found in Sweden. On average, a person chews about 300 pieces of gum each year. The majority of chewing gum is purchased between Halloween and Christmas. It is estimated the roughly half a billion dollars are spent on chewing gum by children in North America each year. The first stick of bubble gum (considered to be a success) was pink. The reason for the pink color was that it was the only color the inventor had to work with. The largest bubble ever blown from chewing gum was 23 inches in diameter, according to the Guinness Book of World Records.

International Podcast Day

September 30

The New York Times reported that podcasting has grown by 25 percent year-on-year and that some 40 million people listen to some form of podcast. With downloads reaching the 1 billion mark in 2013 and monthly podcast listeners at record highs of 75 million per month. A type of audio show that is either done live or prerecorded, podcasting allows broadcasters to share episodic recordings with their audience via downloads or online streaming. According to, it derives its name from the Apple iPod, one of the hugely popular mp3 players at that time—and still is—from which listeners can save a podcast “for later” streaming or downloading.

Today’s Birthdays of Note….

Johnny Mathis – Singer – born in Gilmore, Texas

Truman Capote – Author – born in New Orleans, Louisiana


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