Archive for September 4th, 2008
The usefully named howtocleanstuff.net has a feature on its site called How to Remove Gum | Stain Removal, and in the interest of public service, we thought we’d share some of its insights, which includes some of the usual suspects (ice, toothbrush, rubber gloves), but also the surprising emergency ingredient of peanut butter. Here are some of those peanut butter-related tips:
If you do not have a freezer or ice handy and you are in a pinch, you may want to try using peanut butter.
- Spread peanut butter over the gum.
- Scrape the gum so that as much of the gum as possible is exposed to the peanut butter.
- Let sit for 15 minutes
- Scrape off peanut butter with a knife. The gum should come off with the peanut butter.
In yesterdays Daily Aztec, an independent student newspaper at San Diego State University, features editor Faryar Bohani, waxing nostalgic about childhood and the treats it contained, including Whistle Pops and Fruit Stripe gum, as he explains in his column, Taking yourself back to the candy shop:
Remember that kid all the girls used to have a crush on and always thought looked like one of the Hanson brothers? It wasn’t because he held a Trapper Keeper from the computer lab to the music room; it was much more than that.
It was because he was chewing Fruit Stripe chewing gum. The gum where that athletic zebra adorned the front of the package and every stick was as identical to an ’80s tie-dye shirt as the next stick.
But what really sold it was the tattoo that came with each stick. It was an emblem of pride, an icon of long-lasting flavor and of course, a symbol of instant coolness that even the Zoey 101 generation can appreciate.