Day 20: Today I am thankful for chicle…the perfect chemical. That's what chewing gum is made from. Chicle has the same consistency as squid, except chicle grows in trees and won't squirt you with ink, nor will a chicle tree try to eat you should you fall overboard. Leon Trotsky, the Bolshevik revolutionary, said chicle-chewing was a way for Capitalism to keep the working man from thinking too much. Lenin, a prominent chicle fan, promptly smacked him in the head and made him an un-person. Incidentally, chicle means ‘glue’ in Hindi…but this may be a mere coincidence.