when you swallow chewing gum...

  1. What really happens? when your younger youre told, or I was anyway, that it sticks your bones together so I was just wondering if it did have any adverse affects?
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  3. by   nurseygrrl
    Ummmmmm...it goes out the back door...eventually
  4. by   manna
    Yep, that was my understanding too - you can't digest it, so it just passes on through and out.
  5. by   unknown99
    OH No!!! My momma lied to me then!!! She told me it would stick my insides together!!!
  6. by   crankyasanoldma
    You need the straight dope! Try http://www.straightdope.com Their motto is "Fighting Ignorance Since 1977. It's Taking Longer Than We Thought." Plus, it's a fun site, too.
  7. by   sharann
    My mom said that it could stick to your insides and never come out! She never could explain what it did once it got there though...Oh and she also said not to chew gum when you are lying down because you could choke to death on it. Gotta love her.
  8. by   gwenith
    And then there is the other big chewing gum question posed by Lonnie Donegan

    DOES YOUR CHEWING GUM LOSE ITS FLAVOUR ON THE BEDPOST OVERNIGHT ?


    Oh me oh my oh you
    Whatever shall I do?
    Hallelujah, the question is peculiar
    I'd give a lot of dough
    If only I could know
    The answer to my question
    Is it yes or is it no?

    CHORUS:
    Does your chewing gum lose its flavour on the bedpost overnight?
    If your mother says don't chew it, do you swallow it in spite?
    Can you catch it on your tonsils, can you heave it left and right?
    Does your chewing gum lose its flavour on the bedpost overnight?

    Here comes a blushing bride
    The groom is by her side
    Up to the altar, just as steady as Gibraltar
    The groom has got the ring
    And it's such a pretty thing
    But as he slips it on her finger
    The choir begins to sing:

    CHORUS

    Now the nation rise as one
    To send their wanted son
    Up to the White House, yes, the nation's only White House
    To voice their discontent
    Unto the Pres-I-dent
    The bonny burning question, What has swept this continent?
    SPOKEN: If tin whistles are made of tin, what do they make fog horns
    out of?
    (2nd Voice: Boom! Boom!)

    CHORUS

    On the bedpost overnight
    (2nd Voice: Hello there, I love you and the one who holds you tight!)
    Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Sat'day night!
    On the bedpost overnight
    (2nd Voice: A dollar is a dollar and a dime is a dime!)
    He'd sing another chorus but he hasn't got the time!
    On the bedpost overnight, yeah!


    Based on the 1924 original by Ernest Hare & Billy Jones "Does The Spearmint Lose its Flavor
    On The Bedpost Overnight?
    (Bloom / Breuer / Rose)
    Lonnie Donegan - 1958
  9. by   Speculating
    [QUOTE=gwenith]
    DOES YOUR CHEWING GUM LOSE ITS FLAVOUR ON THE BEDPOST OVERNIGHT ?

    Let me see? NOPE! Tastes just fine.
  10. by   Anniekins
    :chuckle I heard that it stays in your system for 7 years.....but thats just what I've heard
  11. by   Speculating
    :spin:
    Quote from Anniekins
    :chuckle I heard that it stays in your system for 7 years.....but thats just what I've heard
    That was our favorite too. Boy, stays in your system for seven years. Think of the possibilities - people? What a time released pill that could be. Valium 10 mg. PO Disp: 3, Directions; Take one pill by mouth every seven years. Refills 0. :spin:
  12. by   nervousnurse
    Speculating.......LOL over the valium Rx!
    I also always heard the "7 year" rule........
  13. by   Jrnalist2RNinOR
    Wow - if it stayed in there for seven years I would be screwed - I swallow mine all the time - probably shouldnt, but I do...
  14. by   chris_at_lucas_RN
    Try http://www.straightdope.com Their motto is "Fighting Ignorance Since 1977. It's Taking Longer Than We Thought."
    Yeah, I saw this site too. It's great! About gum and sooooo much more! :hatparty:

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