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BUBBLE GUM and CHEWING GUM are both a soft, cohesive substance. While each can be chewed and make bubbles, they can't do the other's job quite effectively though. 

"Contrary to popular belief, swallowing gum will not do any harm."

The difference between them is the gum base. Chewing gum base is a natural gum called chicle harvested from the sap of a tropical tree called sopapilla. This kind of gum is chewy but it won't blow a large bubble. 

"In Rome, 15,000 pieces of chewed gum are discarded on a daily basis and the removal of each piece costs the city €1."

While chewing gum has existed for over 6000 years, the first modern chewing gum was produced and marketed by John B. Curtis in 1848.

"Chewing gum tends to be smaller in size and more chewy."

Bubble gum base, on the other hand, is a mixture of starches and polymers made in a laboratory and specially formulated to blow bubbles. It was invented in 1928 by Walter Diemer, an accountant from Philadelphia. Go figure.

"In 1996, Susan Montgomery Williams set the Guinness World Record for largest bubblegum bubble ever blown, which was 26 inches in diameter."

Chewing gum typically comes in three formats: tablets, coated pellets, and sticks or slabs. Bubble gum typically come in three formats as well: tablets, hollow balls, and cubes or chunks.

"100,000 tons of bubble gum is chewed every year all around the world."

Believe it or not, chewing gum is actually beneficial. It relieves boredom, eases tension and aids in concentration. It also helps to pull food particles from between your teeth and often comes in minty flavors to freshen your breath. 

"Chewing gum is said to keep one from crying, as it reduces stress and helps in concentration."

Bubble gum, on the other hand, is often marketed as being more fun and trendy. Hence, it often comes in bright colors and with fruity flavors such as strawberry, blueberry, watermelon, etc.

"Got any chewing gum?"

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