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    reveal's Daily Trivia 10.8.18

    Where did Cream of Wheat, Juicy Fruit gum, and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer all make their debuts?
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    Quote Originally Posted by reveal View Post
    Where did Cream of Wheat, Juicy Fruit gum, and Pabst Blue Ribbon beer all make their debuts?
    The worlds fair?

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    There were lots of world's fairs, but I am going to take a stab at an early one: The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago. I think it must have been a midwestern one. The Blue Ribbon appellation suggests that Pabst won first prize, and I think Pabst is a Milwaukee brewery. A-1 Sauce has gold medals on the label from Fairs in Paris, Chicago and other places, even though it's changed its original recipe a bit. Companies like to hang on to the ability to display their laurels.

    There were later midwestern fairs, one in (Louisiana Purchase Expo.) St. Louis in 1902 and the Century of Progress, again in Chicago in 1933, but I suspect it was the big, early one. Sorry for the nerdy lecture but fairs are something i studied in depth. If I'm wrong, it's the 1933 fair because Cream of Wheat (another product appropriate to America's breadbasket) and Juicy Fruit seem like products from the interwar period.
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    In the Appalachia.
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    On the radio?
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    Cream of Wheat and Pabst were original manufactured in Chicago... so I'm gonna say one of the Chicago World Fairs?

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    Right, since shiningbrow named two Chicago World's Fairs, I'm betting you need it narrowed down. So since I know Cream of Wheat is older than (and tastes like) dirt, I'm going to go with the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.
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    To clarify, I said WCE 1893 as my first guess. Since reveal hasn't responded, I assume that's not correct.

    My second guess was the 1933 fair, but I think the beer precedes that, so I suspect it's not an exposition, but something else. That's why I thought maybe the radio.

    Maybe it was some kind of more localized fair, like Industrial Exposition. There was one in 1871 on the Lakefront in Chicago on the site of the current Art Institute, but that seems pretty early for the Cream of Wheat.

    Does anyone know when chewing gum became a thing? I'm not even sure what's in it besides sugar and flavoring.
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiningbrow View Post
    Does anyone know when chewing gum became a thing? I'm not even sure what's in it besides sugar and flavoring.
    Story goes that General Santa Anna brought chicle to New York in the 1850's. Although he himself chewed it, he intended offering it as a material for buggy tires. That didn't pan out, but an American assigned to aid him while he was in the states experimented with the stuff and ended up inventing chewing gum (orignally called 'chiclets.')
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    Quote Originally Posted by shiningbrow View Post
    There were lots of world's fairs, but I am going to take a stab at an early one: The 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago.
    Correct!

    The Chicago’s World Fair of 1893. The grand fair celebrated the 400th anniversary of Columbus’ arrival in the New World.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Advocatus Diaboli View Post
    Story goes that General Santa Anna brought chicle to New York in the 1850's. Although he himself chewed it, he intended offering it as a material for buggy tires. That didn't pan out, but an American assigned to aid him while he was in the states experimented with the stuff and ended up inventing chewing gum (orignally called 'chiclets.')
    Thanks for that. I remember when you could buy little boxes of gum that came in hard little pieces. They were called Chiclets. I guess they're still sold. I don't chew gum any more, but Mondelez (formerly Kraft) sells them. I guess they're encapsulated in a hard sugary candy coating.
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