San Luis Obispo could soon be home to the 8th Wonder of the World.
Bubble Gum Alley, the 70 foot long hallway of Hubba Bubba that currently serves as the final resting place for millions (1.7 at last estimate) of pieces of chewed bubble gum, has been selected as a finalist (one of 316) by VirtualTourist.com for its 8th Wonder of the World competition.
Lining up against the likes of Badlands National Park, the Cliffs of Moher in Ireland, the Empire State Building, the Hobbiton movie set in New Zealand, London and the whole of Bora Bora (the white sand beaches and over-water bungalows don’t stand a chance against a back street-O-Bubblicious), just to name a few, means that the walkway of Wrigley has some stiff competition.
The incredible drawing power of the Bazooka Joe byway will soon be felt by the 1.3 million people that make up the online travel community at VirtualTourist.com. The international travel website, part of the TripAdvisor Media Group, offers travel tips on more than 63,000 destinations.
While, undoubtedly, the Matterhorn in Switzerland, Mount Rushmore, the Azores, Monticello, the Galapagos Islands and the Golden Gate Bridge will prove to be worthy adversaries to the Big League Chew corridor, SLO’s unofficial landmark definitely has a valid chance to stay in the ballgame if locals and the hundreds of thousands of tourists who have been attracted to the catwalk-O-Chiclets over the years share their affection and vote at http://www.virtualtourist.com/8thwonder .
If not, the honor just may go to Hardy’s Reindeer Ranch, the Wisconsin Cheese Trail, the World’s Littlest Skyscraper, Lake Barkley Kentucky, Institute of Texan Culture or the Iowa 80 Truckstop. And really, no one wants that.