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“Do you remember going to the store and buying a small bag of 5 centbubble gum and then spending the afternoon seeing who could blow the biggest bubble?” WorkLiveSmart.com reminisces. “There’s nothing like the anticipation of the bubble growing bigger and bigger and waiting for the inevitable pop to take place.”

Gee, remind you of anything else?

“Bubble gum is a great stress reliever,” the lifestyle site continues, “and National Bubble Gum Day started as a way of raising money for charity.

“Kids were allowed to chew bubble gum while at school on that one day, as long as they donated some money to the school’s fundraising efforts.”

Blowing bubbles in school used to actually be taught in classrooms in the 1950s—but then, so was cursive writing and penmanship …

… until dentists put a big dent in the practice when “4 out of 5” of them “recommended sugarless gum for their patients who chew gum” in the ’60s {always wondered who that fifth tooth doc was!}.

“For me, the dumbest rule is that you can’t chew gum in school,” huffs the reigning Best Actress Oscar winner Brie Larson.

“For some reason, chewing gum for me gets my brain going.”

That’s because, it’s been scientifically proven that “chewing gum encourages more blood flow to the head” {write your own joke}. Further, “when you chew gum, your heart rate increases.” Why, it’s virtual Viagra!

Indeed, an August 2014 study found that “chewing made the face look more active and attractive to 73% of test respondents, because of the muscles moving up and down. And gum chewers reported “a better sex life.”

Not hard to figure … since the step-by-step instructions for blowing bubble gum on WikiHow.com read like a sex manual for sucking: “Begin when it is soft and smooth. Work it around in your mouth. Use the roof of your mouth to steady it in place while you work the ball shape. You’ll need to be very gentle.” And no teeth!

“Hold it between your lips,” the guide moves toward climax. “Push the gum out of your mouth in a bubble shape. Keep blowing as long as you can, or until it bursts. Practice, practice, practice.” Honest, we’re not making this up!

Actually, gum has always been associated with sex: “Chewing itself is as old as we are, as a species, as instinctive as sucking for milk from the breast,” writes historian Ian Mursell. “The ancient Greeks chewed ‘mastiche’ gum from the resin of the Mastic tree (hence our word ‘masticate’) nearly 2,400 years ago. The Greek island of Chios is the only place in the world where this small tree grows.”

Adds Smithsonian magazine: “The resin is meant to form a protective layer over cuts in the bark. (Same principle as rubber—both are latexes.) And notice how much blown bubble gum looks like a condom!

Next “up” were the Mayans in the 2nd Century A.D., who first used natural gum in the Americas. “Sapodilla evergreen trees were planted by Maya farmers to provide resin for chewing gum…and much more besides,” observes researcher Mursell. “Sapodilla resin may well have been used to in the mortar sticking together the great carved stones of ancient Maya temples.”

“The Aztecs {a thousand years later} were quick to appreciate the benefits of the sticky milk juice from the Sapodilla … and also used it to chew as gum—which they called ‘chicle’ … the origin of the popular U.S. chewing gum Chiclets.” Which boasted, as early as 1905, of being “On Everybody’s Tongue.”

By the way, the inventors of Chiclets gum were brothers Robert and Frank Fleer—whose last name is familiar to baseball card collectors everywhere, from the trading cards they produced starting in 1923.

The gum functioned in much the same way that thick cardboard inserts do in packages today, to protect the thin contents. Which is why, as MeTV.com laments: “Back in the day, bubble gum was also a prize with every pack of baseball cards. But as such cards have faded away, so too have those stiff sticks of gum” (below right).

Because it could stretch so far and expand for twice the time, the creation was called Dubble Bubble.

And a million mouth-watering wet dreams were born!

The sexual suggestiveness of blowing ‘Dubble Bubbles’ was obvious—and something that even couples could share …

… yet lately same-sex celeb couples have been getting in on the action. “Girl-on-Girl Tease,” headlined Britain’s Daily Star in March 2015. “Kelly Brook Pops Pal’s Gum Bubble—With Her Teeth!”

“Kelly, age 35, is sharing a Los Angeles apartment with Liverpool model Natalie Loren, 22,” tattled the tabloid, “and they’re now inseparable {linked at the lip}. Along with her modeling and acting, Natalie is known for her DJ skills” {not to mention BJ thrills}.

Revealing that she regularly serves her 30FF roomie “breakfast in bed,” 32DD Natalie was asked by FHM magazine 3 months after their “chewing gum trick”: “You do know there were rumors floating around that, for a while, you and Kelly were ‘more than friends’ if you catch our drift?” To which Loren laughed: “What! Really? That’s hilarious. Obviously, that’s not true. Funny, though!”

Guess (Loren’s lustful) looks can be deceiving (below left) …but her two-size fits-all assets are the real deal.

And the same can be said for their girl-girl gum swapping!

See for yourself:

Seems like the perfect ‘pop’ on which to pause … before we ‘blow’ again in Part Two!