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by Brad McGinty

Have you ever flown a fighter plane during WWII? Have you ever wanted to? Is the answer yes? If so, you might have been one of the first Americans to try delicious GLORP Gum!
 
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Original 1951 Glorp gum vending card from a US army base during the Korean war.
 
Originally created as a treatment for motion sickness in German fighter pilots, this medicinal wonder gum was brought “kicking and screaming” to US shores by brave American soldiers during a German U-boat attack in 1942. It was there, on a fiery bombed out German ship, hidden beneath a pile of Kohl Moder (fermented cabbage bread), that they found a cowardly German scientist by the name of Magnus Von Tiesenhausen, along with his two prized German Sheppards, Keinvetizienz, and Schreckschraubeflammenwerfer.
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Magnus Von Tiesenhausen and his dogs
It didn’t take long for ol’ Magnus to roll over on his Nazi pals and reveal many invaluable German military secrets, such as the V-2 combat rocket, V-8 encapsulated plant beverage technology, and a recipe for a little something called  “furzen gummibaum.”  This chewable wonder pellet was a perfect solution to the growing problem of airsickness among many US fighter pilots.
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WWII bomber jacket patch.
Known to most US fighter pilots as “the Glorps,” airsickness was a constant enemy in the new arena of WWII air combat. Phrases like “Don’t let the Glorps getcha’,“ “Keep your spirits up by keeping the Glorps down,” and “ Barfing in a plane sucks bloody Hitler balls” found their way onto soldier’s planes, jackets, and patches. Even US scientists referred to Formula XR74 as “the Glorp gum.” Just like Hitler’s pathetic piss soaked carcass, It was meant to be!
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Pilots show off their customized jacket art.
As popular as “The Glorp Gum” became with pilots, it was quickly found to be less than .04% effective in preventing most cases of airsickness. However, the formula had already gone into intensive production across the country. Rather than admit a mistake, the government decided to explore additional products to aid the gum in wartime success.  
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Pilot wearing his “Super Absorbent T-shirt” in 1952
 
By the time the Korean War came along, pilots were issued a specially designed “Super Absorbent T-shirt” to help the gum with it’s “one, two, punch” to knock out motion sickness in US airmen, and give them a much needed burst of energy (and flavor!)
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A pilot prepares for war with his Super Absorbent T-shirt and Glorp Gum
T-shirts were already popular among soldiers, and many fighter pilots saw the Glorp Gum T-Shirts as a good luck charm. Glorp Gum T-Shirts became so popular that many army bases installed vending machines to distribute Glorp Gum and T-shirts to non-air combat soldiers. If you were in the air, or on the ground there was always a way to “keep the Glorp Gum Ghoul at bay”.
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Original “Super Absorbent T-Shirt” and Formula XR74pellet from 1951.
Would Glorp Gum fade away after its amazing wartime victory? Would the popular fad of the “T-shirt” ever catch on? You’ll have to wait until next month for all these answers, and more, in A Glorp History, Chapter 2: Chew-In, Turn-On, and Glorp-Out!

 
 
 
 
 
Brad McGinty
Brad McGinty


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What brand T-shirts do you print on?

All GLORP shirts are printed on Next Level T-shirt blanks. Why do a lot of T-shirt places not tell you the brand of blanks they use? The answer is that they use cheap and ill fitting blanks. We don't use those. We use the best. Next Level apparel is an ethical and responsible company and they produce the absolute best T-shirt money can buy.

How are your shirts printed?

All GLORP shirts are screen printed with water-based inks and usually (depending on the color of the shirt) discharge ink.

Cool... So what is discharge ink and why do I care?

Discharge ink is a water based product that is formulated to deactivate the dyes used on natural fabrics. Once the dyes are deactivated, eco-friendly water-based inks are used to essentialy re-dye the fabric. This allows for tighter registration (a more detailed image) and bright prints on dark fabric without any ink build up at all. This leaves you with a super soft T-shirt with a print that has almost no feel (after washing). This is great for you because the shirt doesn't fade and can breathe easily because the ink is inside the material and not sitting on top.

When will my order arrive?

Products are mailed within 1-3 days of ordering. The customer will be sent an email with shipment information and a tracking number for US orders, and the customs number for international orders. International orders can take 3-4 weeks to arrive depending on where you are located. US orders take 2-5 days in transit.

Do you ship internationally?

Yes, but it may take up to a month for your package to arrive depending on where you are located in the world.

What do I do if I ordered the wrong size shirt?

Returns may be made on any unwashed and unworn items in exchange for a different size. There is a $5 charge to cover re-shipment. Buyer is responsible for shipping charges to mail the item back, and items can be exchanged for any item of equal value or as long as it is in stock. Please email any questions about returns to glorpgum (at) gmail (dot) com.


When returning an item please make sure to include a note describing the exchange you are looking to make, check/money order or cash for $5.

How should I wash my shirt?

I recommend machine washing in cold water, and turning the shirt inside out. (Although I've been washing my GLORP shirts in hot water since 2013 and they all look great!)

Do you offer wholesale pricing for retail stores?

GLORP is available for wholesale to some shops. Drop me a line through the contact page for details.

Will you design a shirt for me?

Sure, we do that all of the time! Feel free to contact me through the contact page.