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Chi­cle and Chi­clets

Chi­cle (Span­ish for “gum”) gives us the Eng­lish chi­clets, the gum brand. Through a fun­ny sto­ry: when Mex­i­can gen­er­al San­ta An­na lost Texas, he fled — dressed up in drag, ac­tu­al­ly (true sto­ry!) — to Stat­en Is­land. There, he stayed with an in­ven­tor Thomas Adams and told him about the Mex­i­can love of chew­ing chi­cle… the rest is his­to­ry.

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