We tried chewing as much gum as Sean Spicer does on a daily basis -- here's what happened
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer revealed in an August 2016 interview with The Washington Post that he has a bit of a strange eating habit -- he chews and swallows at least 35 pieces of Orbit cinnamon gum before noon every single day.
We were intrigued. How does a man whose job is to speak on behalf of the president even have enough time to consume -- literally eat -- two and a half packs of gum in less than a morning?
Since Spicer hasn't said much else about his strange habit, aside from noting that his doctor says he is just fine, we decided the only way to find out how this type of ravenous gum consumption affects the human body was to try doing it ourselves.
AOL.com Editors Alex Lasker and Kelsey Weekman began popping gum at precisely 9:07 a.m. on Thursday, consuming one additional piece every five minutes until noon, which adds up to 35 pieces total.
Lasker did not actually swallow the gum as Spicer does, citing her own safety, but I did, citing artistic integrity. (Full disclosure -- I had to stop swallowing gum after 28 pieces because I threw up. I did not bow out of the experiment, for the record.)
In a word, it was miserable. Utterly, undeniably, painfully miserable. Period.
If you've completely forgotten what Orbit cinnamon tastes like, let me take you on a quick journey.
The childhood-favorite candy is -- somewhat ironically, in this scenario -- very spicy.
The gum has a serious initial kick to it, which doesn't really have a chance to fade away when you're popping one piece in your mouth every five minutes.
The act of swallowing the gum is also unsettling since it's something your body typically tries really hard not to do.
All in all, this experiment made our bodies hate us.
Around piece number 20 or so, our minds started to deteriorate because we were too busy chomping down on gum to indulge in our usual morning caffeine fixes.
It's a wonder Spicer can accomplish such an important job while demolishing so many packs of gum every day.
By the end, our mouths were completely numb and our teeth were extremely clean.
With achy jaws and upset stomachs, we victoriously swept 70 gum wrappers into the trash bin, longing to put this stupid idea behind us once and for all.
Our take away? Don't try this at home, ever. Listen to us, we beg of you.
We don't know if you're aware of this, but sugar-free candy like Orbit cinnamon gum can have similar effects to very strong laxatives. We will leave it at that.
One of the most disturbing parts of this entire process is the fact we cannot account for Spicer's gum consumption after noon -- his interview answer only accounts for his chewing behavior up until 12 p.m.
If Spicer eats more gum after that, we certainly do not want to find out ... or try it out.
Lasker and I reached out to the White House press office but have yet to receive a comment.