This is a gum-believable amount of wrappers.
In 1965, Gary Michael Duschl saw a couple of his high school classmates tying together bubble gum wrappers and asked them to teach him how to do it. Once he’d learned, he became intent on creating the longest wrapper in his class. Other students recognized his passion and started collecting wrappers for him, and soon he had the longest gum wrapper in the school.
He never stopped.
“I just kept it going for the next 55 years then I found out there was a world record for it so I thought I could beat that,” said Duschl, now 70 years old. And he did: Duschl’s name will be in the 2021 Guinness World Records book for creating the longest chain of gum wrappers in the world.
The retired painter, husband and father has spent two hours a day, every day, building his masterpiece over the past five-and-a-half decades, he told Caters. The chain is a whopping 106,810 feet long — about 40 times longer than the world’s tallest building, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa.
It contains a total of 2,583,335 wrappers from an assortment of gum brands, including Wrigley’s, Juicy Fruit, Doublemint, Spearmint, Winterfresh and Big Red. To create his record-breaking chain, Duschl rips each wrapper in two, then creates a link by folding them six times before inserting them through one another.
“In the 1960s, gum wrapper chains were a fad. Girls and boys would make a chain the length matching their boyfriend or girlfriend’s height,” he said. Per tradition, he has tied together 5.3 feet of chain per day, “which is the length of my wife.”
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