The Cost of Chewing Gum

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The Cost of Chewing Gum

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The Cost of Chewing Gum

 By Erik Tierney

The Cost of Chewing GumChewing can indeed prove expensive. Ten cents worth of gum cost one major airline $1,425.33. It seems that in 1959 a 10-year-old American chewer named Johnny Rand forced a big British Overseas Airways Stratocruiser bound for London to turn back for New York when 300 miles out Johnny had stuffed thirteen pieces of medicated airsickness gum into his mouth instead of the recommended one piece at a time. Fearing that the boy's life was in danger, the pilot headed back for New York, where Johnny received a stimulant shot to ward off the hypnotic drug in the gum. The airline estimated that a Stratocruiser cost $560 an hour to run at that time, which figured out to $765.33 for the one hour and 22 minutes that the plane was airborne before returning. In addition the pilot dumped 1,500 gallons of gasoline to make the unscheduled landing. At 44 cents a gallon for aviation fuel (at that time), this added $660 to make a total of $1,425.33. Johnny, who said the gum "tasted real good," apparently suffered no ill effects. At least he didn"t become airsick. Imagine the cost at today's prices for fuel - staggering!


 
 
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