Who would think a pack of gum would get me thinking of my pre-
teen years? When overnights would include such fun and exciting
games as, “Truth or Dare?” The gum is made by the Wm. Wrigley Jr.
Company, Chicago, Illinois 60642. Its label says, “RPM 5 Gum.”
It has “Truth or Dare” (some space and on another line), “Play and
You Could Win.” This gum product tastes like a citrusy-fruit flavor.
I would say it has a sour ‘front’ flavor changing into a sweeter ‘after’
flavor. It contains some not great’ sounding ingredients given as:
Soy Lecithin, Phenylketonurics and Phenylalanine. I am unsure of
what these would do to you, if you ate pack after pack, let alone
chewing to get the flavor then discarding it, as I do.
The clever side of the gum pack says: “Post your truths. Share your
The inside of the pack has a number which can be logged in to
“5TRUTHORDARE.COM” If you do so, you are entered to win
possibly a “$10,000 Adventure” or “One of 100,000 Instant Prizes.”
I seem to be going on a lot about the package facts, but here is the
fun part of the pack of gum,
Each stick of gum has a golden wrapper with 3 different choices.
I decided to write down just two gum sticks’ worth of choices:
1. The first stick of gum that I chewed from this pack had these
three choices on its golden wrapper:
a. “Dare: Record five different sounds made with this gum
My reaction, you may be able to talk muffled through it,
you may be able to attempt whistling (like a blade of grass)
with it between your lips or you could just crinkle it and make
scratchy sounds from the wrapper.
b. “Truth: If you were granted one wish what would you
*** This is up for grabs if you wish to answer this in the
c. “Dare: Visit five places today that you’ve never been to.
Post pictures at #5TruthOrDare.
***If you have some extra time to spare after reading this,
please fill us in on five places you have never been to, that
you would wish to go.***
2. The second piece of gum that I chewed, after lunch had
these three choices given:
a. “Dare: Do as many push ups as you can in one minute.”
***Sorry, I did not ‘take this dare!’
b. “Truth: What foods have sent tears streaming down your
***I will ask you, do you wish to answer this one?***
c. “Dare: Drop what you are doing and play air guitar.”
Okay, I did this intentionally by Melvin, since he is one
of the crazy people who would not make fun of me. So,
I stopped him up in the Mezzanine, filling orders and
pushing our carts, he was coming from one direction in
a row of products, I was coming from the opposite way,
facing him. I got in front of my car so he could see me,
I leaned forward with my air guitar and then, to be more
dramatic, I got on one knee, closed my eyes and held it
above my head.
Then, I calmly went back to behind my cart and continued
forward. When we got together in the middle of the aisle,
Melvin being the ‘cool dude’ that he is, looked at me and
smiled then he said,
“So Robin . . . Was that Santana or Jagger?”
(I sure did want to hug him for this great comment, which
completed my Dare so well! I mean, I could not have asked
for a better reaction!)
At slumber parties, as my friends and I got older, we liked to
try and slip out of the house. Sometimes, it was quite innocent
and we would sit out in the cool, damp grass, whispering.
Other times, we had asked a group of guys to come by, which
would involve a little bit of logistics and stamina. There were
times the guys would be later or not even show up. We never
necked or made out with the guys. We may have held hands or
gotten a hug. We would tingle with anticipation for what kind
of moves the guys would make on us?
These were much anticipated and filled with excitement, just
to get this attention and level of participation and interaction.
When I reached high school age, my parents liked us to come
home, so it was rare to get to have sleepovers or go somewhere
else. My favorite parties, (have probably shared this more than
once), were marching band, science club and theater after parties.
The drama group was more likely to be wilder and have some of
those “Truth or Dare” situations. I always smile when I think of
the times when the marijuana joints were passed over my head
or the chivalrous guys would say I didn’t have to carry out some
of the more sexually oriented ‘dares.’ It was a fun way to pass the
time and I did do two dares after I reached 16 years old. The first
entailed going in a closet with a boy for, “__ Seconds of Heaven.”
I have heard people say how many seconds their friends would
count out loud, but I swear my friends counted to “Seven.” Does
not sound like very long. . . Was it due to rhyming with “Heaven?”
I do remember playing ‘tricks’ on girls in their sleeping bags at Girl
Scout camp. One was we would get hot water dipping one of their
hands into a container. Supposedly, sometimes people would then
‘pee’ in some age groups. We did not have this happen. Ever. We
also took a person out of our tent, using three girls to help us and
put her in another bunk bed in another platform tent. Switching
beds was hilarious, we thought, at the time! Our ‘dares’ seem rather
tame now. The common things we liked to do at slumber parties
were to fix each other’s hair, practice make-up skills, call up boys
and usually hang up, prank call other people and play with the
mystical Ouija Board, calling for Spirits to come forward. This
would raise the hair on my arms. We liked listening to music,
practicing our ‘dance moves’ and watching late night movies.
In answer to one wish I would make: Good health for my whole
family. (Hoping longevity would accompany this unspoken wish.)
In answer to the five places I would like to go:
1. England, Ireland and Scotland.
2. California; Driving across the country.
3. Hawaii or an Island cruise.
4. Canada; More around the whole country, not just
where I have been to. (Niagara Falls, Toronto and Quebec)
5. Australia and New Zealand.
What do you remember being your bravest “Dare” that you took?
Were there any memorable ‘antics’ or ‘challenges’ you did not take
but someone else did?