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September 20, 2006

International Ban Booger Picking in Public Day - September 20

I declare today September 20 to be the first ever "International Ban Booger Picking in Public Day". The impetus for this much needed declaration was the major offender sitting right next to me in the New School Quiet Room today. He was a well-dressed Asian guy who nearly made me vomit by using his index finger, with the occassional use of his thumb for leverage, to mine for gold. And then he rolled gold. It was amazing to what depths even I, who likes gross things more than most, can be grossed out.

The way to make this work is by shaming offenders. There have been numerous studies on shaming as the most effective way to curb behavior. Numerous. So when you see someone's fist up their nostril, scream, point and yell, "Booger picker! Booger picker! Booger picker!!!" And they will thank you. And the world will be a better place.

P.S. Asians, you aren't exempt from this ban. Sorry. Actually, you need to be more vigilant because there are clearly some propensities there.


Maybe it's a colloquial usage, but I belive it's spelled "booger," as in the zany character from Revenge of the Nerds.

Posted by: cameron at September 20, 2006 3:27 AM

How do you feel about cutting nails on the subway. I once got so angry at someone for doing it that I actually told them it was rude. It didn' stop them. I then picked the discarded fingernail that landed on my purse and flung it at him. Still... nothing.

But the worse thing I ever saw was a woman squeezing zits on her boyfriend's neck on a bus.

We need more shaming!

Posted by: Jayne at September 20, 2006 8:01 AM

Thanks for the correction. How could I have forgotten about Booger Prestley on the main guitar for even a second?
Miss you and hope to see you soon.

I wholeheartedly agree that nail cutting on the subway should be shamed into extinction as well. Also the squeezing zits in public. Maybe we should start a campaign against these things like communist china has with their efforts to curb spitting and loogies with posters all over the place? Let's get started.

Posted by: Andrea at September 20, 2006 11:10 AM

Boogers are bad, but last Saturday my husband took me to the movies at the fancy (not the $3) theater. They have 'gourmet' shakers of flavored powders for popcorn. I saw a woman lick her finger, stick it on top of one of the shakers, taste the powder, realize she still wasn't sure and repeat the process! It was, by far, the grossest thing I've seen in public in a long time. (Zit on the bus is nasty, too.)

Posted by: molly at September 20, 2006 11:12 AM
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