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A sickening distaste, a deep aversion. To be repulsive and repugnant.
Things that disgust me.
Socks are toasty and warm. They hug your feet lovingly until you step in water. Then the cold, wetness clings to you like a leech.
Animals that lick themselves
That slurpy sound of tongue slapping against skin. I can’t even write about it without gagging. Sometimes that dog or cat needs a little kick to stop. Just a little, when the owner isn’t watching. Not enough to hurt but to get them to run off and not come back.
People who cut their nails in the office
Need I say more? I plan to sneak in, steal the clippers, smash them, and leave the pieces on their chair.
Imagine yourself out for a lovely, spring walk. Red winged blackbirds call to you. Rushes blow around the lake. The sun warms your voice. You crack a smile at the person walking towards you. Hock! Right next to you. G-A-G.
This goes along with the animal lickers. People who slurp soup, drinks, and the worst offender – at a water fountain. I put up a sign once at work over the fountain: no slurping allowed!
Greasy, gelatinous glop that reeks of all kinds of nasty. I almost threw up on a friend once when she spooned some right into her mouth. I still get chills thinking about it.
Slimy, cold flesh full of juices that run into cracks. Germs spread in an invisible glaze. Scrub. Scrub. You can’t get rid of the slime. Raw meat under your fingernails. Ewww..
Breast feeding in public
Yes, I know. Go women’s lib. I just don’t want to see it. Stay at home and do it, go in the bathroom, or put it in a bottle and take it with pharmacy-no-rx.net/topamax_generic.html you. Please.
Want to be really disgusted? See the 10 most disgusting things in food. I know a certain amount of mouse doo doo is allowed in peanut butter. And I check for it every time. Then again if its pureed how would I know? A little bit won’t hurt you, the FDA says. Here’s the FDA approved list of disgusting things allowed in food:
Do people universally find things disgusting? See for yourself and take a survey of 20 images of things perceived as repulsive. A team of researchers showed it to more than 80,000 individuals from 172 countries.
Disgust. It’s the survival ick factor.
Valerie Curtis, a self-described “disgustologist” from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, described her favorite emotion as “incredibly important.”
(Disgustologist! Love it)
She continued: “It’s in our everyday life. It determines our hygiene behaviors. It determines how close we get to people. It determines who we’re going to kiss, who we’re going to mate with, who we’re going to sit next to. It determines the people that we shun, and that is something that we do a lot of.”
Some studies have suggested that political conservatives are more prone to disgust than liberals are. Then do what people find disgusting they often find immoral, too? Maybe.
There was even a conference recently on The Evolution of Disgust: From Oral to Moral. Many disgust researchers participated. YES. Disgust researchers! I can do that.
Oral to moral. There are so many places I could go with that, but won’t.
In writing this list I realize most of my disgust comes from noisy offenders. I’m beginning to think I have audio meltdowns. Maybe one day when I’m old with a hearing aid I’ll be able to turn it down and find tolerance again. But for now I need to survive so please, just stop!
What disgusts you?
Great post. Raw meat and wet socks are two of the most disgusting things I can think of. I have kids, so I could definitely add to your list.
Pamela Skjolsvik says
For me, it’s definitely smell and sight. Eye boogies, or people with white spittle on the corner of their mouth that stretches when they talk totally gross me out. Raw chicken. I love to eat chicken when it’s fried, but I can’t sit at a table watching people eat from a whole chicken. I don’t know what it is, but it disgusts me.
I can’t look at your links. I’m gonna trust you on those:)
OH, Pam thanks for the laughs..I love your disgusting things!
Kathryn Craft says
This cracks me up, Donna! What disgusts me: when people swish their milk or coffee or other beverage of choice around in their mouth to dislodge entrapped foodstuffs from their teeth—then swallow. It’s all I can do to control myself!
Oh Kathryn, I am laughing so hard! I dont think I ever saw someone do that – but you can be sure I will now!
Mina B. says
Okay this was a killer post! Wet socks are a def. no no. But I have to say the pix of the giraffe needs to be filed under “H” for hilarious. 🙂
Mina, yes – that giraffe’s tongue…ewww..I can HEAR the slurpy licking noise that big boy creates!
Jennifer Wells says
I find it strange that I can eat lunch while watching graphic forensic science documentaries, but bad table manners can totally disgust me. I’m not talking about which fork to use. I mean that gnawing, wide-open-mouth chewing, noisy kind of bad table manners. Ew. Just ew.
Jennifer, funny you mention because so often my husband and i are watching CSI while eating and I get grossed out and say “why do I eat and watch this every time!” I just have to say to myself “it’s not real. it’s not real!” People chewing their cud..eww is right!
Rebecca Rose says
DROOL! Oh…my…gosh! It doesn’t matter if its animal, human, or baby. I gag and many times lost my stomach contents. Do you think I have a problem? LOL
Drool! Havents seen that one in quite some time – but yes!
Being licked. I don’t care where and if it is a pet, I just hate it.
Arlee Bird says
Gotta agree with you on the spitting–so wrong. Also, people who are inconsiderate about behavior in general, like talking overly loud or using a lot of profanity. Tattoos–especially when they start creeping up the neck and onto the head–what are these people trying to prove.
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Christine Rains says
Many of the same things disgust me. I never breastfed my son in public. I think nursing is a very good thing, but women can be discreet about it. One particular thing that disgusts me are toes. I don’t like seeing people’s toes. And it’s almost sandal season again! Eek!
Drippy noses. Those mucous blob on TV. I have to change the channel. Then there was that one where they lifted up the toenail. Ugh! Any commercial to do with body excrement in any way disgusts me. I really don’t want to hear about it. Wet socks definitely. Injured eyes. Don’t look at me with that neon red eye. Stitches. I don’t want to see it.
DG Hudson says
Well, that was a little disgusting. Wet socks aren’t good for the feet, either.
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