Mysteries: Chewing Gum and U2 Spy Pictures

Don Wildman examines a strange substance that was first used to make chewing gum, a medallion containing deadly poison and a bizarre carving that could re-write the history of America’s discovery.
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The Westford Museum houses a massive, oval-shaped boulder. Etched upon its surface are crude images: a boat, an arrow and numbers. Some believe the object is evidence of one explorer’s epic journey … that may rewrite the very history of the nation.

Francis Gary Powers Jr., founder of The Cold War Museum, inspects a poisoned silver dollar medallion that was given to U-2 pilots during the war.

Don investigates artifacts from The Cold War Museum in Vint Hill, VA.

Curator Patricia Salmon examines a piece of chicle – sap from a tree native to Mexico and Central America. The substance was first used to make chewing gum, and a block is now on display at the Staten Island Museum in New York.

Dave Brody examines a plaster cast of the “Westford Knight,” a mysterious carving on display at the Westford Museum in Westford, MA. A man by the name of Frank Glynn believed that the rock was evidence that Columbus was not the first European to reach the New World.

Silver medallions, along with needles, were given to pilots during the Cold War. The medallion contained poison, so the pilots could commit suicide if captured.

The crew films a stone on display at the Westford Museum in Westford, MA.

The Staten Island Museum in Staten Island, NY, tells the story of the invention of chewing gum.

Chicle on display at the Staten Island Museum in Staten Island, NY.