Don???t connect the dots

June 5, 2010


I remember my disbelief a few years ago when my coworker Pam enlightened me to the true identity of all those black spots on sidewalks. I had never really thought about it before, and it took some time and more walks for me to accept it as the truth. They are all discarded wads of gum.

It???s bad enough that people throw their cigarettes butts anywhere-ever (something I was guilty of myself when I used to smoke), but at least those can be swept up and made to disappear. Gum spit out is the gift that keeps on giving.

Now that you know, take a look around. Sure they???re everywhere, but isn???t the increased volume in areas where people queue disgusting? Just notice the next time you???re out and about. Bus stops, nightclub entrances, all befouled.

There???s just one word for it.

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