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Pivot! (Questionnaire)

By Mrs. Julien | Comment Diversions | May 31, 2013 | Comments ()

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e jerry powell pointed out to me that these diversions have covered a great deal of the Pivot Questionnaire made famous by James "Mec Daddy" Lipton on Inside the Actors Studio. He made an excellent point. To wit -

  1. What is your favourite word? ☑
  2. What is your least favourite word?
  3. What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally? I'm afraid to ask this one.
  4. What turns you off? Can we just put a pin in this and #3?
  5. What is your favourite curse word?
  6. What sound or noise do you love? Close enough. ☑
  7. What sound or noise do you hate? We love hate! Let's do this one!
  8. What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
  9. What profession would you not like to do? Let's save these last two for another time.
  10. If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? ☑-ish. This one might be fun to revisit sometime later.


What sound or noise do you hate?

I knew a woman whose voice was so grating that I would do an impression of her to explain the idiom "like fingernails on a blackboard" to my ESL students. Her family once babysat a friend's pet bird and every time this woman spoke the bird went NUTS!

Clanging pots: I am deeply clumsy, so I often drop things like pots and pans. I don't try to catch them; I cover my ears and initiate proactive cringing.

The squeak of styrofoam, in particular the sheets of it that come inside furniture you assemble yourself. I don't like touching it either. I'm shifting uncomfortably just thinking about it.

Let's add: What texture or sensation do you hate?

Creme brulee. It's phlegm in dessert form.

Foam backing such as one finds on a plastic table cloth. I cannot touch it without shuddering.

Hell, let's make it non-specific: What makes your skin crawl? What sensory thing annoys the crap out of you?

Chime in. Speak up. Delurk. Share your hate. Heebie your jeebies.

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  • oilybohunk7

    I have a ton of textural issues, my number one most despised texture has to be nylons. I can't and won't wear them or else I will be fighting back the voms all day.

  • Beckster

    No hatred for Velcro? That sound feels as if someone is tickling my brain, but not in a good way.

  • MichaelAndTheArgonauts

    Moist ointment

  • TheOriginalMRod

    The sound of cutting cardboard with scissors or worst a knife with the sawing motion... ugh... it makes my teeth want to fall out of my head!

    And smacking.

  • e-money

    The things used for nail filing for both questions. DISGUSTING. I can't touch them and I hate other people using them.

  • MissAmynae

    Sound or noise: my mother eating. husband's burps (hard to explain). fork against plate. the "fap fap" sound effect. styrofoam against styrofoam. the stuffy nose whistle- you know, the one that only you can hear?

    Texture: wet wood or paper. medicine bottle cotton. cottage cheese/yogurt. too-long toenails catching on flannel sheets.

    general squickitude: the sound of cockroaches or bugs skittering on a floor. anything metallic getting in my mouth (like foil). I have 17 fillings, and it makes every single one of them scream.

  • sweetfrancaise

    Sounds: My dog licking. Anything--the floor, her paw, my foot. Awful. Whispering and/or that low mumbling you get in museums. My ears strain to decode the noise and I get distracted from the actual pieces. Pan/wooden flutes. People grinding their teeth. Also, the sound/visual combination of watching someone eat yogurt. They're not-chewing, sucking and slurping. It's horrific.

    Textures: Egg yolks. Don't mind them if I'm cooking, but when it's on my plate and it oozes all over the place? Blergh. Ruins the whole meal. Just thinking about nails on chalkboards sets my teeth on edge and I start flicking my fingernails frantically trying to rid myself of the sensation. Wet hair tangled around my fingers in the shower (well, anywhere, really).

  • Brooke

    I hate the sound of chewing. Especially when the person is one of those wet, smacky chewers. Gag.

    My main texture issues are with food. The worst being Lobster. Rubbery, yet mushy at the same time.

  • John W

    Fav - Don't know
    Least Fav - reboot/reimagine

    Turns me on C, E, S - I'll have to dwell on this one

    Turns me off - celebrities that are shoved down our throats by the media like Beyonce' and Timberlake

    Fav curse word - dumbshit

    Profession I'd like to try - comic book artist

    Profession I would not want to do - Police officer

    If Heaven exists, what I'd like to hear God say is: "You're family is right here. They've been waiting."

    love - children laughing
    hate - children crying

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Oh, my roommate's sleep terror screams. Because 1) they are completely unihibited, which is fascinating in one sense, but still, when I hear the "no, no, nononono" building into the "AAH AAAH AAAaAAAAAGH" I just start grit my teeth and roll my eyes because 2) I learned that most times the night terrors stem from dreams of her aged cat back at home with her parents getting out of the house and running into the street.

    And due to her odd sleeping habits these night terrors usually come around 9-10 in the morning or the middle of a weekend afternoon.

  • Salieri2

    What sound or noise do you hate?

    I work backstage a lot, and for communication we all wear these single-muff (hee!) headsets so we can listen to both the show and the various crewfolk stationed throughout the venue. There's a lot of theater etiquette revolves around improper headset use, like, for instance, not leaving your mic open when you have to suddenly yell at someone in your presence or even talk at full volume--very unpleasant and loud for everyone else hardwired into your facehole. Best practice is to leave your mic off at all times unless you have something to communicate--not always practical depending on the job, but polite as a rule. Certainly, though, you turn off your mic when a) you have to sneeze or cough, b) someone's tuning a violin right next to you, c) you're a followspot operator with very loud fans that just blast through the comm system, etc etc. Heavy breathers need not apply.

    But the grossest noise ever is when some boob decides to eat with his mic open. It doesn't matter what inoffensively quiet food product it is. Could be Wonder Bread, it always sounds like goulash or hard candy right in your brain. Sucking, slurping, clicking, squishing, crunching noises are suddenly as close to you as your own pillow, and you're instantly unintentionally intimate with someone's lunch and alimentary canal. Oh God. As fate would have it, the people most likely to do this are also the people most likely to accidentally bump their own ear volume knob down so that they can't hear the rest of us begging them to kill the mic, and someone then has to physically track them down and wag the finger.

    What makes your skin crawl? What sensory thing annoys the crap out of you?

    This is odd, but I can't stand it when someone's mindlessly drumming on a shared countertop workspace I'm typing on, or kicking the movie theater railing my feet are on, or Restless Leg/sleep apnea thrashing on the same mattress I'm trying to sleep on. The sound of aimless pen tapping is kind of annoying, but for these things it's not the noise as much as feeling the vibrations: it upsets my equilibrium. Everyone gets pissed when the kid behind you on the plane keeps kicking your seat, and I do too, but even these subtler tappings and rappings absolutely bug the shit out of me.

    I also work with a lot of former drummers (karmic payback for something), so there's a good percentage of my work time spent having necessary conversations with men who are absolutely unconscious of the rhythm they're mindlessly pounding out on the nearest roadcase/piece of furniture/actual goddamn conga. "Can you not just be still?" I have never yet shrieked at a coworker, but it might happen. Jesus, it's a good thing I don't have kids, you'd see me on the news.

  • Soda

    Soft boiled eggs makes me want to curl up and die. I had to look away when my friend was having one for breakfast, and even that wasn't quite enough.

  • 4am

    the sound of flip-flops or sling-backs slapping against heels

  • sweetfrancaise

    OMG YES. And also the sounds of people shuffling. PICK UP YOUR DAMN FEET. Your mama didn't teach you to be that lazy.

  • BWeaves

    1. Sound: Do people even know what "nails on a blackboard" sounds like anymore? Anyway, that is my ultimate hate noise.

    2. Texture: The slime that oozes from okra. Gumbo is unnatural.

    3: What makes my skin crawl? See #1. That and finding a roach crawling on me. Or a spider. Or a lizard.

  • dizzylucy

    I love baby spinach for a salad, but there's always one pieces that gets mushy and a little slimy, and it makes me want to throw out the whole thing. I think it reminds me of cut flowers in a vase for too long. Ick.

  • mb

    Newspapers. I've never been able to touch them without cringing; the texture of the paper, the smearing ink, the smell, it all brings chills to my spine. I'm thankful for the internet's squick-free news delivery that I DON'T NEED TO TOUCH.

  • Guest

    Lets try this again but less offensive.

    Sorry, Danar the Barbarian I was not thinking.

    Thing that makes me sick pill bugs. Image at the link:

  • Guest


  • F'mal DeHyde


  • Bodhi

    What texture or sensation do you hate?

    Cheap yarn. I knit & the feel of nasty cheap yarn (I'm looking at you, Red Heart) makes my skin crawl. Yay for recycling plastic, but does it have to be made into yarn? :Shudder:

    And fake leather. Not pleather, but whatever it is that Target/Walmart uses to make cute knockoff purses. Even thinking about them grosses me out.

    Oh & nasty nylon clothing.

    Hm, I think I'm a textile snob

  • Sara_Tonin00

    acrylic fabric. ick.

  • dizzylucy

    Red Heart is pretty scratchy, but Simply Soft Eco is made with some recycled plastic fibers, and not too bad.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    Eating ice cream samples off those little wooden spoons. Blerg!

  • kirbyjay

    What sensory thing makes my skin crawl?

    Seeing a snake move. Seeing a snake eat something, though I don't ever watch snake shows because they will inevitably move or eat something, so it's not something I see a lot. I actually hate the thought of any carnivorous animal eating anything alive. Why can't they all be herbivorous. I eat meat but I don't chase down a cow and rip into it while it's still breathing.

    What sound do I hate?

    I hate loud talkers. close talkers, and pokey talkers. Step the fuck back, lower your voice, and keep your paws off of me. I'm talking to you Debby, the co-worker.
    I also hate it when couples on tv make that smacking, slurping sound when that kiss.

    What texture or sensation do I hate?

    Pens with those tiny grooves in them. They feel gross against my finger.

    Static electricity in my hair. My hair against my neck on a sweaty day. Turtlenecks, seat belts that touch my neck.

  • denesteak

    Ack, I hate the sound my motorbike makes right after its been raining and there's still moisture on the brakes, so when I brake, it makes a high-pitched screeching sound. I'm not generally adverse to high-pitched screeching sounds (I mean, they ain't my favorite either) but I especially hate it when it's my motorbike making it because it gets me really worried that my brakes might not work.

    As for texture -- bananas, duh. Hate the mealiness of it.

  • denesteak

    oh, I also used to work at a dentist office as a receptionnist/general helper and i HATE the smell and feel of latex gloves. They sort of have a powdery feeling on the rubber, which in turns smells so sterile. Bleh. I used to get home from work smelling like that everyday.

  • Sparrow

    I cannot abide the sound of those blow air hand dryers in public bathrooms. They make me feel claustrophobic and incensed with rage in seconds. I never, ever use them and often bolt from bathrooms if someone else does.

  • Julia

    I can't believe no one has said this yet-- the cotton that comes in vitamin bottles that you have to pinch out with your fingers. I HATE HATE HATE the feeling of it touching my nails, or of it "squeaking (?)" together. I act like I'm diffusing a bomb every time I have to do it, trying to avoid that sensation. "shudders"

  • Sara_Tonin00

    Ooh, see earlier comments. Weirdly, you are not alone in this.

  • guest

    Sound: Nail biting, especially when my mom does it. I have no idea why it bugs me more when she does it but just thinking about it makes my stomach knot up in unexplainable anger. She'll sit there when we're watching tv and will chew on her nails (which hers are so bitten down there's nothing to chew, which just makes it worse) and I'll sit there, grit my teeth and think about cutting her hands off. I don't care if you have a hangnail, Mom. Clippers. For the love of god, clippers. Also the sound of teeth gnashing, people eating when I'm not also eating, my neighbor's dog barking nonstop for no reason, my other neighbor's children who scream for no reason...

    Texture: Not 100% if this is a texture thing or not, but I can't drink milk. I can have it with cereal so I'm pretty sure it's a texture thing but I can't do it anymore. Someone else mentioned the thing when your hands are really dry and you touch something. I hate that too. Mussels. It was so chewy I gagged on it. (That's what she said).

  • Sara_Tonin00

    people clipping their fucking nails in public. That little metal clicky sound is bad enough on its own, but in an office or public transportation setting it drives me up the wall.

    Also: there is a very, very sweet woman on the flip side of my cubicle. But she had some surgery that was supposed to fix a sinus condition but made it worse, and now she does that little internal snort about every 10 minutes. I feel for her, I really do, and I heard her explain it to someone, and it's not loud - but it is on the other side of my cubicle. Of course, I'm a random hummer, so I'm sure some nearby hates my noises too.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I've got a phlegm monster in my office that's kitty corner to my cubby and he'll hack up lung biscuits all day long (which I can sympathize with) but it's his gargling the phlegm once he gets it up into his throat... then he'll burp and then loudly say 'BURP!'

  • Maguita NYC

    I was about to downvote you for this, for you have truly captured the disturbing sounds in a few words. I'm having trouble controlling my gag reflex.

    Also, nail spitters. Not enough you have to horror-watch them chew on their nails with gusto, IN PUBLIC, but then they opt to spit it out as well. IN PUBLIC.

  • ladydi

    The sound paper makes when you fold it and then sharpen the crease with your nails. I'm cringing just thinking about it.

  • Allijo

    I hate the grinding, shock, taste, feel, EVERYTHING from a rogue piece of sand/dirt that I accidentally bite into. (see shellfish, produce)

    I also hate the sound of Adam Levine singing.

  • TDS

    I have an absolute and total hate of both the sound and sensory experience of the booming bass and music that comes from cars that pass under my window and park in front of my house. It rattles the windows, interrupts my every waking thought and sets my teeth on edge. I particularly loathe the summer months when I'm greeting with the added bonus of the effect amplified by rolled-down windows.

  • Cree83

    I don't like touching paper. Especially if the paper is dry and my hands are dry. I just googled it, and apparently it's a condition Megan Fox also suffers from. Hey Megan Fox, twinsies!

  • Spores on the back of ferns. I worked in an office once that had a very nice courtyard/outdoor space that was very pleasent to eat lunch in, except the planters were filled with giant ferns and I couldn't stop looking at all the brown dots all over, in neat little rows, zomg, make it stop, noooooooo.

  • Codge

    Buzzing fluorescent lights!! Are the sound I hate most.

    But far, far more than that, I hate, loathe, despise and abominate the feeling of paper on skin. Especially cheap paper, like brown paper bags or the backs of legal pads, and I most especially hate the feeling of it on my forearms and legs. I don't know why, but it really makes me cringe. Sometimes at the office, I have to hide a look of disgust when carrying my notepad, because it brushed my skin the wrong way.

  • oilybohunk7

    My first job was in fast food, I'd have to do the dishes and my hands would get water-logged and then I'd have to touch that cheap, rough brown papertowel. It makes me skin crawl.

  • em.me

    I cannot stand the feeling of foam - the type of foam that is in mattresses and couch cushions, ugh! It makes me shiver if I have to touch it. Also the texture of cooked vegetables makes me gag.

  • Mrs. Julien


  • e jerry powell

    Like even minestrone?

  • em.me

    Usually if they are mixed in with other things I can deal with it, but if it's just a carrot (carrots are the worst) type of thing then no.

  • Guest

    The sound of children screaming or footsteps on the floor above me frazzle my nerves, but the visual pattern of pill bugs when they're hiding underthings just makes me sick. In fact when I see any type of repeated bubble pattern that reminds me of these things make me sick.

  • Danar the Barbarian

    You can go fuck yourself for posting that photo. You could have linked it and I wouldn't have clicked it. Now I need to go shower, check repeatedly under my pillow and between my sheets, and go clean my kitchen for 3 hours. Seriously. (Did I mention I have a pretty hardcore bug phobia?)

  • bleujayone

    I'm not sure I can adequately describe this, but honestly there is a sound in my head that comes about when something stupid, hateful or ignorant comes to my attention. I cannot name it. Maybe it's really the sound of blood rushing in my head from the increased blood pressure, or maybe it's the sound of my brain caving in, or maybe our bodies make noises to accompany extreme moods since I'm sure I've heard different sounds in moments of great happiness, sadness, excitement and love as well. Children and poets seem to be the most receptive to this as the rest of us tune it out or have it otherwise lost it in a massive jumble of internalized thoughts like gridlocked rush hour traffic.

    I have a theory that it stems from a primitive time when we as human beings had a less evolved stream of conscience. Our emotions are the reactions and the internal sounds in our heads which are barely on the horizon of perception were the the way we might try to quantify how we felt about something.

    Anyway back to this offensive sound. It is a sound that almost always seems to precede full on rage. Perhaps it's like a sort of temper klaxon. And it gets louder and more overbearing the longer I am exposed to this negativity. It's like a constant high-pitched whine in the back of noisy room. The longer I stay around said stupidity, louder and more detailed it becomes. It's like a infinite collection offensive sounds pancaked into one solid tone all at once. I like to think this is my mind's way of getting me to leave the vicinity of whatever offending thing it may be. I find the longer I force myself to endure, the more sickening this sub-conscience white noise is. It gets to the point where the noise becomes silently deafening- as though trying to drown out the stupidity. It only subsides when I finally excuse myself from whatever it is that's troubling me.

    That sound is the worst. A sound that cannot be described as a sound at all. If someone could harness a means to trigger this in all people, they could make a mint at non-lethal crowd control. Although I do find call-ins to political talk radio comes awfully close.

  • competitivenonfiction

    Have you heard of synesthesia? Does that describe it at all? Are there other sounds?

  • cgthegeek

    What sound or noise do you hate? That noise when someone has just enough saliva on their lips so you can hear them separate when they talk. ::cringes::

    What texture or sensation do you hate? Whatever you'd call the texture of avocados. It's similar to that of peas and bananas, but I like both of those foods fine. And as a Cali girl, hating avocados is against blasphemy.

    What makes your skin crawl? What sensory thing annoys the crap out of you?
    Pictures of rashes or other skin conditions, like chicken pox or measles. I'm fine with them in real life, but if I saw a picture of an outbreak... ::shudder::

  • $27019454

    I'm going to admit something I have a difficult time talking about and it hits all the points/questions above. I hate the sound, the smell, the EVERYTHING about chewing gum. I think it makes people look bovine and disgusting. The sound....god, the sound. I hate the whole idea of something sitting in ones mouth for hours just being masticated. I hate the word masticate because of the association. If my husband was a gum chewer, we would not be married and I swear this on a stack of Bibles. I think it's low rent. I think it's ill bred. It makes my skin crawl.

  • oilybohunk7

    I posted this earlier but it bares repeating, I have a coworker who is THE WORST gum chewer on the planet. She is loud and sloppy. She opens her mouth on every chew. I see her from across the building and can tell that she is chewing gum and I avoid her like the plague. I simply can not function while I hear the sound of the gum squishing around in her mouth. She is a loud eater in general, which grosses me out to no end, but gum, oh dear God, the gum.

    I had a friend who had a "picture face" in every single picture her mouth was open and in many of them you could see gum. PUKE!

    My thoughts on gum are that I shouldn't hear it and I shouldn't see it.

  • sarah_jwh

    I agree with this! I also hate how gum makes people's purses smell.
    "Chewing gum is really gross
    Chewing gum I hate the most"

  • Jill

    A thousand times yes to the purse smell. Just gross.

  • Mrs. Julien

    You're not far off. I used to chew gum and one day I looked over at the car next to me and saw a woman chewing gum. UGH! I might enjoy it, but it looked vulgar. I stopped that day.

    I stopped wearing earrings in all 5 holes for the same reason. I saw a woman my age and I thought, "No, my face is too old for that look." I've kept my little bourgeois nose piercing though. It's sparkly!

  • Bodhi

    Yup, same here. I've had my nose ring for 12 years & I literally feel naked without it

  • I hate the sound and sensation of eraser on paper. Especially the cheap ones when brand new at the end of a pencil. That answers all 3 questions nicely.

  • competitivenonfiction

    Oh and cold things on my teeth! People who bite into Popsicle or ice cream just kill me. Even the thought of it... ugh.

  • competitivenonfiction

    Chalk! The feel, the sound, the powdery mess that gets under your fingernails. I hate the stupid blackboard paint pinterest trend. You don't have to be able to write on everything!

  • blacksred

    I hate the cotton in medicine bottles. People cracking gum or grinding their teeth.

  • meaux_c_m

    Thank you! I wondered if anyone else felt similarly about medicine bottle cotton. Just this week, I had to make my husband take the cotton out of a pill bottle, and he was genuinely confused as to why I couldn't do it. I mean, I can take care of spiders myself, but cotton? Gahhhhh!

  • competitivenonfiction

    I use tweezers to get it out. It seems to help me if I don't have to touch it.

  • Melissa

    I hate hate HATE loose hair, as is not in my head anymore. It squicks me out so bad, but I can't even complain about it cause I like to keep my hair longish--mid back or so--and that shit gets EVERYwhere. Yuck.

    Oh, and I cannot stand cow, much to the chagrin of my Cornhusker husband.

  • F'mal DeHyde

    I have to pick loose hair off of people, even strangers standing in line in front of me. I'm sure I was a monkey in a past life.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Cow is my FAVOURITE! I love cow and baby sheep!

  • apsutter

    Cows are awesome! Grew up on a farm for a time and just generally lived in the country and I loved them. They're basically just big dogs. They're easy-going, like being petted, love trying to lick you, and are just nice gentle animals in general. I'd take cows over skittish horses any day.

  • Mrs. Julien

    You're lovely, but I meant to eat.

  • Gabs

    I work at an amusement park. The sound of tubes dragging across the ground in the waterpark makes me want to vomit. Just thinking about it makes me twitchy.

  • PDamian

    Anything phlegmy -- wet, hacking coughs; people who insist on snorking back their snot instead of blowing their noses; rattling, wheezing snores -- oh, dear Lord, I wanna kill someone just thinking about it.

  • Maguita NYC

    Missed your post and wrote about this further up: My classmate regurgitates his snot.

    And you just reminded me that he often regurgitates when specifically eating an egg sandwich. A fucking stinking egg sandwich in class. While hacking. And then regurgitating. his snot.

    I now remember why I've blocked this from my mind. *Excuse me while I go throw-up the thought of snotty eggs (they're a bitch).

  • Mrs. Julien

    I worked with a guy who made these sounds in his nose all the time like Felix Unger and his "phmet!" it was soooo gross.

  • guest

    Oh god, I'm with you. Last semester, I had a class with a guy who would makes noises like he was about to hock a loogie several times throughout class. I was always waiting for him to spit one on the computer monitor. It was annoying and gross at the same time. Weirdly, he was a pretty nice guy other than that.

  • googergieger

    At the moment I hate my neighbor's dark barking every fucking hour for an hour, and my neighbor fixing the problem by randomly deciding to have enough and yelling even louder than the dog for ten minutes until the dog is scared into silence.

    Beyond that, I just tend to hate dirt or grime. Stickiness. Shit like that. Basically I don't pet dirty dogs, or pick up babies. Things of that nature.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    "dark barking"? what are you, a racist?

  • googergieger

    I'm the racist? What about my neighbor? If you ask me he's the real racist!



  • Sara_Tonin00

    I know, I know, but I've got copyediting work at the moment and I just couldn't resist.

  • Kobie

    The nastiest texture ever is creamed corn. It is essentially puke in a can.

  • kelleyisadork

    i absolutely hate whistling. maybe it stems from that damn gopher in winnie the pooh. i never reveal this to people around me though, because they'll just whistle to annoy the hell out of me.

    i do not like touching newspaper. ugh. i also hate 'soft' kinds of lettuce/greens...the kind that squeak on your teeth. i don't know how else to explain it other than i like really crunchy lettuce. the sound of a wooden pencil when you write with it gives me goose bumps. i used to do my math in ink pen--but it had to be blue.

  • oilybohunk7

    I can use mechanical pencils but writing with the regular onces skeeve me out.

  • Bodhi

    Oh shit, I'm going to think about that fucking gopher all day now

  • Mrs. Julien

    Oooh, in the winter when my hands are very dry and they catch on fabrics like microfiber or silk. I HATE that.

  • Sara_Tonin00

    that's my heels in the summer time and just about every fabric [runs for the shea butter]

  • Mrs. Julien

    My heels are like that all year round with out very consistent effort on my part. They're fine in sweat socks, but when I wear regular socks the skin catches on them. UGH!

  • Maguita NYC

    FYI, no foot cream containing alcohol. Ever. Dries the skin, makes it rougher and even more sensitive to non-natural fibers. No matter how many times you exfoliate and polish.

    Could not help myself here. Because dry disgusting flaky heels in sandals. Ewww.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Pediegg and Dr. Scholl's foot balm. You're safe.

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  • Sara_Tonin00

    The worst is seeing my mom's feet and knowing that is my destiny.

  • aquillia

    I hate it when people pop their fingers. I'm okay with backs, for some bizarre reason, but popping fingers always makes me feel ill.

  • Wōđanaz Óðinn

    I'm not especially fond of the sound of muffled drunken 5 AM cackling through the walls on a school-night. Or when said cackling is amorously vying for attention and telegraphing the to rest of the street. I thought yous drunken fuckwits loved texting?! Why, pray tell, not communicate you're inane shit in silence?? Or at least invite me.

  • Emperor Cupcake

    Picture an ordinary, yellow pencil. Now imagine that the eraser has either fallen out or been used up, so that when you try to erase it scritch-scritch-scritchs across the paper.

    That, to me, is the worst sound/sensation in the world.

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  • KRussell

    Just reading that, shivers are creeping up my back. Horrible, horrible sound/sensation.

  • Mrs Julien, I will posit you've never had great creme brulee, because you wouldn't say that if you had.

    Oysters on the other hand, definitely snot disguised as food.

  • disqus_rCJTTYmkV8

    I once made the mistake of thinking oyster stew would be just like clam chowder. I rooted around in the bottom of the bowl and felt my spoon hitting these ... objects. When I lifted one out of the broth, I was aghast.

    Booger on a spoon.

    I shrieked at Mrs. , , "What the HELL is that?" She said, I'd guess that's an oyster.

    Never since. Never ever.

  • Maguita NYC

    "Booger on a spoon"

    I'm stealing this.

  • Discovered recently on a work trip to Taiwan that a local favorite dish is an oyster omelette - oysters, egg, shallots.

    Just... No.

  • denesteak

    noooo those are so good!! It's called o-ah-tsieng (I think in Hokkien. I'm not sure) and I miss that so much!

  • e jerry powell

    I ate escargot once.

    You wouldn't think a sushi fan like me would have problems with snails, and you'd be wrong. Oysters are right the fuck out of the question.

  • Mrs. Julien

    I LOVE escargot! The butter, the garlic, the texture!

    Oysters and clams and anything with tentacles: No.

  • $27019454

    My brother caught an octopus once while we were diving. He brought it home and we cooked that fucker and chopped up his tentacles and put them in a ceviche-esque concoction and rolled it in tortillas and chewed and chewed and chewed and chewed because it is RUBBER disguised as sea creature.

  • Oh octopus, the very thought of it makes my skin crawl

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