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ttoommyy Feb 21, 2012 08:42 AM

I enjoyed a good Crayola crayon once in a while. My mother always told me I wanted dog food when we went down the pet food aisle in the supermarket. We didn't have a dog...or any pets. A friend of mine munched on sticks of butter now and then; sometimes dipped in cigarette ashes from a nearby ashtray. You?

  1. meatn3 Feb 21, 2012 08:52 AM

    Paste.

    It had not occurred to me to try it until Miss Cole, our preschool teacher, sternly instructed our class not to eat it.

    So we all had to try it. It was salty and strangely compelling. It's illicit nature surely added to the thrill!

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      ttoommyy Feb 21, 2012 09:10 AM

      "It had not occurred to me to try it until Miss Cole, our preschool teacher, sternly instructed our class not to eat it."

      Of course! Very funny.

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        cleobeach Feb 21, 2012 09:51 AM

        God lord, I remember all of us eating that paste! Was there something in there that made us crave it?

        I ate raw/dried pasta right out of the box, no idea why.

        Playdough, which has a salty taste.

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          ttoommyy Feb 21, 2012 12:47 PM

          "I ate raw/dried pasta right out of the box..."

          I still do at 51 years old! lol

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            cleobeach Feb 22, 2012 06:06 AM

            Well, I will nibble on a piece while cooking but back then I ate serious amounts of the stuff.

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        sueatmo Feb 23, 2012 07:16 PM

        LOL.

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        jamieeats Feb 21, 2012 09:15 AM

        my sister and i would unwrap the squares of kraft american cheese and "hide" the wrappers all over the house, but could never figure out how our mother knew we were eating them for breakfast!

        i was also known to take little bites out of the butter stick. again, clueless as to how my mom figured me out...

        1. Miss Needle Feb 21, 2012 09:50 AM

          Toothpaste. My parents were very stingy with the candy so this was the closest thing.

          I grew up in the era of butter is bad. So I munched on sticks of Parkay.

          I know somebody (adult) who eats pretty gross things. But at the risk of offending some of the more delicate posters, I'll refrain from posting.

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            linguafood Feb 22, 2012 10:00 AM

            Oh, c'mon. We can handle it, dontcha think?

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              ttoommyy Feb 22, 2012 11:19 AM

              "Oh, c'mon. We can handle it, dontcha think?"

              If it comes out of the body, NO!

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                Miss Needle Feb 22, 2012 12:46 PM

                Based on what ttoommyy wrote below, I think it's in the best interest of everybody that I remain mum on this topic.

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                  ttoommyy Feb 22, 2012 01:11 PM

                  lol Oh, go ahead and post it. I'll just over my eyes. :)

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                    Miss Needle Feb 22, 2012 01:20 PM

                    OK, don't say that I didn't warn you. I've already been chastised by some of you in the past for making them lose their appetite. If you don't want to read it, just skip it.

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                    LAST WARNING!!! STOP READING IF YOU ARE EASILY GROSSED OUT!!!!
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                    This person likes to eat her toenails, feces and her menstrual blood. When she told me I was shocked. Her response was, "What's the big deal? It comes from my body." I guess I can understand that in some way as I'm a pro on the whole placenta eating issue. But at least placenta has some nutritional benefit. I think eating human feces (whether or not it is yours) can be very harmful.

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                      ttoommyy Feb 22, 2012 02:21 PM

                      Ok. I went there. I read it. I've lived an interesting life so I am not so shocked by this. It does take all kinds.

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                        viperlush Feb 22, 2012 03:45 PM

                        I also think it's weird is that she only said, ""What's the big deal? It comes from my body." instead of giving a lengthy explanation.

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                          Miss Needle Feb 22, 2012 05:25 PM

                          You must lead a colorful life -- can't think of anything worse than eating your own excrement. Actually, I take that back. I guess if I had to choose, I would rather eat my own than somebody else's -- especially if they've been eating a super hot vindaloo a few hours before.

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                            ttoommyy Feb 23, 2012 06:28 AM

                            "You must lead a colorful life"

                            I'm 51 years old, lived in the NYC metro area all my life, partied and played in NYC all during my late teens into my early 30s and work in NYC. There's not much I haven't seen, read or heard about at this point.

                            Do I find this behavior shocking? Of course I do. Does it shock me that there are people who do this? Not at all.

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                              RealMenJulienne Feb 24, 2012 01:49 AM

                              How is this person still alive? Eating feces, doesn't that, uh you know, kill you? Fecal contaminated water kills countless people every year so I can't figure out how this person is telling the truth.

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                                ttoommyy Feb 24, 2012 04:43 AM

                                Without getting into detail, there are many people who do this as part of a certain sexual activity and manage to stay alive. Go figure.

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                                  mamachef Feb 24, 2012 11:42 AM

                                  Please, please oh god can we please stop now.

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                            meatn3 Feb 22, 2012 03:42 PM

                            Does she just enjoy it or does she think it is beneficial in some way?

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                              Miss Needle Feb 22, 2012 05:27 PM

                              She definitely doesn't do it for any benefits. I think she's a bit compulsive, especially as she likes to pull her hair out and rip her toenails with her mouth. A very nice person, but has some interesting habits.

                              Viperlush, it is a bit strange that she thought it was no big deal. After I gave her my look, she realized it was a bit odd and we just cracked up over it.

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                                meatn3 Feb 22, 2012 06:45 PM

                                Sounds more compulsive than anything else. That she thought it was no big deal is almost odder than the fact that she does it.

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                                  NorthEncantoGirl Feb 2, 2013 09:54 PM

                                  It's called 'pica', and, while I learned that it fell under the umbrella of the anxiety disorders, a quick search of Wikipedia shows that it can come under other mental issues as well. You'd be amazed what grown people will put in their mouths

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                              pine time Feb 5, 2013 12:03 PM

                              There's a mental disorder called "pica" that encompasses that--eating non-food items. Psychotherapy is generally useful in abating it.

                              Edited: didn't see that someone already addressed this. Mea culpa.

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                        hyacinthgirl Feb 5, 2013 10:50 AM

                        Second on the toothpaste. We weren't allowed sweets, generally speaking, so sometimes toothpaste worked. I tried a bit of baker's chocolate once too. I ALMOST didn't even spit it out.

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                        Kathleen M Feb 21, 2012 10:51 AM

                        I was a big eater of plants. My mom taught me to suck the honey out of a honeysuckle flower. I also chewed on sour grass. And I ate each part of the begonia flowers seperately. I have a friend who liked to eat butter as a child. I wasn't into paste or crayons, but I certainly knew other kids who were. Our paste tasted (and smelled) vaguely minty.

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                          viperlush Feb 21, 2012 07:34 PM

                          I also did the honeysuckle, sour grass, and other plants. I tried eating plastic untensils after a trip to the Guiness Book of World Records Museum. There was an exhibit on the person who ate the most nonfood (the prop. plane? truly impressed me) and I wanted to give it a go. I would also chew on rubber bands. And suck on pebbles/buttons because I read that they kept your mouth moist.

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                            rockycat Feb 22, 2012 06:53 AM

                            My daughter was quite enchanted when I showed her how to get the nectar out of honeysuckle. Until she discovered she's allergic to it. Fortunately, the allergy is merely annoying, not life-threatening.

                        2. Brianne920 Feb 21, 2012 01:32 PM

                          Candles, particularly delicious on one's own birthday. Iced, naturally-I'm not some kind of freak.

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                            ttoommyy Feb 21, 2012 02:22 PM

                            I may have thrown in a candle or two once in a while with my crayons. Gotta mix it up once in a while.

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                              Brianne920 Feb 21, 2012 07:05 PM

                              Yeah, just one kind of wax would have made me a dull girl. Totally agree. I eventually graduated to wax lips and wax soda bottle candy from the Jersey boardwalk. Classy dame.

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                                cleobeach Feb 22, 2012 06:08 AM

                                This thread is starting to worry me a bit because now I remember eating birthday cake candles, one little mouse-sized nibble at a time. Ditto on the lips and those horrible soda bottles.

                                Maybe it was pica?

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                                  Brianne920 Feb 22, 2012 06:18 AM

                                  Maybe! I'm also a pen/pencil/straw etc. chewer as an adult, so God knows what my malfunction is. Hahah.

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                                    viperlush Feb 22, 2012 06:47 AM

                                    Well, I also ate the lips and the soda bottles. But that is because they were advertised as candy. As children how were we to know that although they are safe to eat, that we weren't really suppose to eat them? Like those candy dots on paper. It got pretty hard to avoid eating the paper.

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                                      ttoommyy Feb 22, 2012 09:19 AM

                                      My partner, 54 years old, still loves those wax lips and swallows the wax after chewing on it. He also swallows gum. I'm always yelling at him about this but he's done it all his life with no adverse effects. Well...so far.

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                                        Brianne920 Feb 22, 2012 11:25 AM

                                        Ha-I do both of those things, too!

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                                          ttoommyy Feb 22, 2012 11:37 AM

                                          I knew I liked you for some reason Brianne! lol

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                                            Brianne920 Feb 22, 2012 11:43 AM

                                            Because I swallow gum? That's a better a reason than some I've heard. High five.

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                                              ttoommyy Feb 22, 2012 11:45 AM

                                              "Because I swallow gum?"

                                              Because you admit it! High five back atcha!

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                                                IndyGirl Feb 9, 2013 09:59 PM

                                                I still swallow gum, bit by bit, without even realizing it. It has never seemed weird to me even though I was warned repeatedly as a child that it was not digestible and would stay in my stomach for 70 years. (That was the rumor in my neck of the woods, apparently.)

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                                                pine time Feb 5, 2013 12:08 PM

                                                When I was a kid (many moons ago), nothing was better than tiny bites of Bazooka bubble gum, eating till it was all gone. Come to think of it, at that time, I also liked to put an Alka Selzter on my tongue an enjoy the fizz (had to hide from Mom, of course), as well as eating raw oatmeal (still have a spoonful of the raw oatmeal, oh so many decades later).

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                                                  buttertart Feb 5, 2013 05:04 PM

                                                  The Alka-Seltzer (and Fizzies) and the raw oatmeal, me too. I still like raw oatmeal.

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                                            jarona Feb 3, 2013 05:53 AM

                                            The gum. My mother told us, when we were younger, that if we swallowed gum, it would stay in our stomach and grow into a big ball and we would have to to to the hospital, have our belly cut opened and stitched back up--all because we swallowed Bazooka. I've never, ever swallowed gum. Wax lips--yes. Those orange wax halloween harmonicas or flutes or whatever they were? yes. Those disgusting soda bottles with the liquid gunk. yes. Wax mustaches. yes. But gum. Never!

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                                    silvergirl Feb 21, 2012 06:50 PM

                                    Play doh of course. And I think one of my little preschool friends may have actually had pica. She ate rocks all the time. But she was very discerning. She preferred smooth ones with stripes.

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                                      ttoommyy Feb 22, 2012 09:24 AM

                                      "And I think one of my little preschool friends may have actually had pica. She ate rocks all the time. But she was very discerning. She preferred smooth ones with stripes."

                                      Hahahah! Not the pica part, the "But she was very discerning. She preferred smooth ones with stripes" part.

                                      I'm glad I started this thread. I'm getting lots of laughs and good memories from it.

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                                        1sweetpea Feb 23, 2012 07:34 AM

                                        I definitely ate play doh. The mother of one of my friends once made play doh from scratch. It was even better tasting than the commercial stuff.

                                        I chewed on pencils and their little erasers, but I'm not sure I actually ate them. As a nail biter, I'm sure I ate a lot of those nail bits. No toenails, though.

                                        I wonder if the menstrual blood and feces eater suffers from some major mineral deficiencies that cause her to crave those two items. The smell and sight would turn me off no matter how hungry I was.

                                      2. meatn3 Feb 21, 2012 07:16 PM

                                        My brother ate paper.

                                        It started when he didn't want to share his fortune from a fortune cookie at dinner, so he ate it. After that he started nibbling on notebook paper, comic books and news print. He didn't like slick paper like gift wrap.

                                        My mother was concerned. My father said if the habit grew to include chewing on the furniture then there would be cause for worry. My sisters and I hoped perhaps he would turn into a beaver.

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                                          JungMann Feb 6, 2013 01:09 PM

                                          One of my favorite candies when I was very young was turron de Alicante, which consists of nougat lined with rice paper, which I always thought was the same as printing paper. I found out the hard way that I was wrong.

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                                            Willa Feb 7, 2013 08:08 PM

                                            I ate paper all the time. Especially straw wrappers. This is a tame confession compared to what I read above. I knew others who ate paper.

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                                              ttoommyy Feb 8, 2013 07:45 AM

                                              And then there is all that paper ingested along with the candy dots that are sold on long strips of paper!

                                               
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                                                fldhkybnva Feb 8, 2013 12:46 PM

                                                Oh yes, a lot of that paper has been through my digestive system. Also strands of the string on the candy necklace.

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                                              viperlush Feb 8, 2013 07:33 AM

                                              As a 2nd grader we once convinced the little kids that paper was edible. We ate rice paper and feed them note paper. The teachers weren't amused.

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                                              fara Feb 21, 2012 07:21 PM

                                              my dad had a farm and as a kid I liked to nibble on the chicken and cow grain. chicken grain only when I was really little as it was just re-constituted pellets, the cow's grain was sticky and had corn in it. I'm not sure how it compares to modern cow feed.
                                              I also liked raw pasta, as does my 3yo today.
                                              there's a story about me climbing onto the table and eating a stick of butter, but i also remember being really averse to meat fat, something that has changed.

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                                                verysimple Feb 22, 2012 06:31 AM

                                                Big, big fan of cat biscuits

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                                                  fldhkybnva Feb 4, 2013 04:24 PM

                                                  Your mention of cat biscuits reminded me of a funny story of a friend who ate dog biscuits. We were waiting to check in at a hotel and there was a bowl of treats on the desk, so for the 15 minutes or so while I was checking in he decided to have a snack. As we walked away he happened to mention "these are really good." The bellhop gracefully informed him that they were dog treats. I guess it's a very dog-friendly hotel and only provide snacks for canines. I can't remember if they were shaped like a dog bone or not though I imagine not since I think that would have clued him in or else he was just really hungry. Also, there was no sign which I find interesting. We have returned to the same hotel many times and he is now known as the "dog biscuit guy."

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                                                  jacquelyncoffey Feb 22, 2012 09:45 AM

                                                  Paste, erasers, suck the nectar from violets, play doh, birthday candles, and my sister used to make me eat dog biscuits, we didn't have a dog, she had to get them from the neighbor!

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                                                    Isolda Feb 22, 2012 09:54 AM

                                                    I forgot about dog biscuits. I used to look forward to eating those at my cousin's house. We also tasted the canned dog food once. In a blind taste test, I'm not sure I could have told you which was dog food and which was Spam.

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                                                    Isolda Feb 22, 2012 09:52 AM

                                                    Playdough and paste. That paste smelled really good. It didn't taste that great, but for some reason, kids seem to crave it. My daughter, now 16, remembers being told by her kindergarten teacher not to lick the scented markers, something she had no intention of doing until the teacher mentioned it. Then, of course, she and the rest of the class had to try them.

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                                                      INDIANRIVERFL Feb 22, 2012 09:55 AM

                                                      The fried tail fins on bluegills. Only other place I found that felt they were a treat was in Northern Bavaria, eating carp.

                                                      1. linguafood Feb 22, 2012 10:02 AM

                                                        Daisies. I'd bite off the yellow part. It was sweet.

                                                        I also always was very tempted to pluck a lot of fantastically green, juicy looking grass near our house and making my mom toss it with her wonderful salad dressing. I always said I'd eat damn near anything with that salad dressing.

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                                                          Isolda Feb 22, 2012 10:16 AM

                                                          Oh, come on! After that, you're not going to post your mom's salad dressing recipe???

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                                                            linguafood Feb 22, 2012 10:25 AM

                                                            Haha. It's not all *that* fascinating, really. Oil, lemon juice, garlic, parsley & dill, s&p, sour cream.

                                                            I just thought that grass looked so delish, and would be the perfect match for that dressing.

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                                                              Isolda Feb 22, 2012 12:34 PM

                                                              Replace the sour cream with Greek yogurt and add a pinch of, dare I say it? sugar, and your mom's dressing comes very close to one I make. And it is also delicious, kind of a tzatziki without the cukes.

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                                                                linguafood Feb 22, 2012 03:21 PM

                                                                Ya know what, I think there was a pinch (but really just a tiny one) of sugar involved, too.

                                                                It's really great with lettuces, tomatoes & cukes.

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                                                          violin Feb 22, 2012 12:17 PM

                                                          Hair.

                                                          Just my own, of course.

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                                                            Isolda Feb 22, 2012 12:32 PM

                                                            Gulp! I mean, gag. You win.

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                                                              ttoommyy Feb 22, 2012 01:13 PM

                                                              Really Isolda? I spent 8 years of grammar school with girls who chewed on their hair!

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                                                                Isolda Feb 24, 2012 08:06 AM

                                                                Ah, but chewing on it is far different than actually ingesting it. I remember trying to suck peanut butter off my hair when I was at camp, but didn't actually pull out the hair and eat it. I did, however, eat an ant during that same camp session. It was very sweet.

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                                                              pine time Feb 5, 2013 12:14 PM

                                                              In psych nomenclature (I'm in the biz), it's called trichophagia and not all that uncommon. Can result in hairballs (just like your cat), called bezoar. There's a related disorder called trichotillomania, compulsive pulling out of clumps of hair. And there's your useless bit of trivia for today.

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                                                              crispy1 Feb 22, 2012 08:29 PM

                                                              I confess after many years of soul searching that I ate the cupcake paper. First I would scrape off the excess crumbs with my teeth and then I would lick the paper clean and then one day the inevitable happened. I ate the paper. As a respectable adult I have to remind myself not to do do this........but it's hard. I have issues.

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                                                                cleobeach Feb 23, 2012 06:46 AM

                                                                Yep, guilty

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                                                                  1sweetpea Feb 23, 2012 07:53 AM

                                                                  Oh yes! How quickly we forget. I definitely ate cupcake papers, but only if they had a cupcake baked in them that I had also just eaten. I did not eat new and unused papers or those from other peoples' cupcakes. Only my own. How discerning! LOL.

                                                              2. buttertart Feb 23, 2012 04:53 PM

                                                                Raw dry oatmeal. Try it sometime. Quite entertaining to eat.

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                                                                  meatn3 Feb 23, 2012 06:13 PM

                                                                  I used to eat that! I'd nibble on it while my mother and I made oatmeal raisin cookies! I'd pretend to be a horse.

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                                                                    pine time Feb 5, 2013 12:15 PM

                                                                    Wow--I'm not alone (just posted this upthread, which goes to show I need to read a whole posting before replying!). Not only is it delicious, I whinny like a horse while doing it!

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                                                                      buttertart Feb 5, 2013 05:05 PM

                                                                      I just saw this too :)

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                                                                      IndyGirl Feb 9, 2013 09:52 PM

                                                                      Oh, I do this all the time. It really doesn't seem to be all that weird to me.

                                                                      Am I weird?

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                                                                        buttertart Feb 15, 2013 01:21 PM

                                                                        Of course not!

                                                                    3. mamachef Feb 23, 2012 06:43 PM

                                                                      I enjoyed chewing wax, weird as that is. But the best is darling baby sister, who is famous family-wide for eating an entire patchwork blanket over the course of a year. She dragged her blankie around on her shoulder, and chewed on the end of it and because it was flannel it eventually tore, and she'd chew the piece. Then she'd get going on the next piece. It took her awhile, but it got smaller and smaller and smaller until she was walking around with the equivalent of a hankie on her shoulder, and she ate that too.

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                                                                        ttoommyy Feb 23, 2012 06:53 PM

                                                                        Mamachef: Your post begs the question...why did our parents allow ust to eat all of these things???

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                                                                          mamachef Feb 23, 2012 11:40 PM

                                                                          Great question, ttoommyy. As far as the wax, I had candles in my room, so that wasn't a problem and they never knew. But the blankie is another story. I suppose my mom felt she couldn't take blankie away, because it was a security blankie as well as a snack. She was subtle with it, and babyish, and that's why she got away with it, no doubt. :)

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                                                                            cleobeach Feb 24, 2012 07:40 AM

                                                                            Mamachef - Thank you for making me laugh this morning, I really needed it.

                                                                            I think the prior generations of parents were less concerned about such things. They probably just rolled their eyes.

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                                                                            Willa Feb 7, 2013 08:10 PM

                                                                            The real question is: where were our parents???? They did not hover like they do now. They did not accompany us to travel sports away games because these activities did not exist. They let us play outside for hours because it was another era and for the most part; safer.

                                                                            And that is why my parents never knew that I used to pry flattened gum off of the sidewalk and chew it.

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                                                                            meatn3 Feb 24, 2012 07:41 AM

                                                                            What did baby sister do after that last bite? Was there a moment of wavering -snack or security-being pulled in both directions?

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                                                                              Manybears Feb 24, 2012 07:53 AM

                                                                              Ah, the age-old dilemma of not being able to have one's blankie and eat it too.

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                                                                                mamachef Feb 24, 2012 11:44 AM

                                                                                Ah but that was the beauty of the situation! She could have both........at least for awhile.

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                                                                                mamachef Feb 24, 2012 11:43 AM

                                                                                I'm sure she was horribly conflicted, but the fact that she had "other blankie" which was bite free prolly helped her decide on the last delicious bite. I'll need to ask her.

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                                                                                  Willa Feb 7, 2013 08:15 PM

                                                                                  The blankie story reminds me of an excellent Stephen King short story. A doctor was flying a small plane over the Pacific and crashed on a desert island. On the plane were pharmaceuticals. He had broken legs. Could not move. No food. Began to take the drugs for pain. After a while, took a bite of his toe. More drugs. Another toe. More drugs. And more flesh....... Great story. Exceptionally well told and horrifying.

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                                                                                    mamachef Feb 11, 2013 01:08 AM

                                                                                    Oh, oh my GAWD. I remember! "The right hand doesn't know what the left hand is doing...he had scalpels, and he used the heroin he was smuggling!!
                                                                                    Ack ack ack!!

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                                                                                fldhkybnva Feb 4, 2013 04:27 PM

                                                                                I know a few people who inevitably end up chewing on the Babybel cheese wax after they are done eating it. I think they are just bored and not paying attention, but at least 5 people I know routinely do it. I'll mention it and they seem unaware.

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                                                                                sueatmo Feb 23, 2012 07:15 PM

                                                                                When I was young, we had a wild cherry tree in our front yard. I am probably the only person on CH who has eaten actual American wild cherries. They are tart, skin and seed. We ate them with abandon, and I don't know why we did. My dad cut the tree down and planted a sweet gum I believe. He also cut down a persimmon tree. I never had the urge to eat persimmons, although I understand they are palatable after a first freeze.

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                                                                                  Isolda Feb 24, 2012 08:09 AM

                                                                                  Hachiya persimmons (soft pulp) are delicious after a freeze. You do need to peel them, or at least spoon the pulp out of the peel, as it is very astringent. Fuyu persimmons, the crisp kind, are better, IMO--the peel is very stiff, but is edible and probably gives you quite a bit of fiber. I buy these by the case from Asian markets when they are in season (winter).

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                                                                                    sueatmo Feb 24, 2012 06:05 PM

                                                                                    The persimmons of my youth were not Asian persimmons.

                                                                                2. Kholvaitar Feb 2, 2013 07:42 AM

                                                                                  Catkins.

                                                                                  Once.

                                                                                   
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                                                                                    KaimukiMan Feb 5, 2013 07:05 PM

                                                                                    we called those pussy willow

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                                                                                    ratgirlagogo Feb 2, 2013 09:26 AM

                                                                                    I used to suck and chew on the headboard of my bunk bed, kind of the way a horse does in its stall. Causing the same kind of divot.
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                                                                                      IndyGirl Feb 9, 2013 09:54 PM

                                                                                      I totally did that as a kid. I also bit the dashboard of my dad's jeep.

                                                                                      Both had teethmarks... my childhood furniture still has teethmarks in it. The jeep is long gone, but he drove it around with teethmarks in the dashboard for years.

                                                                                      I was probably, I don't know, somewhere between 5 and 9.

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                                                                                        ratgirlagogo Feb 10, 2013 07:49 PM

                                                                                        I would say between five and nine would be my chawing years as well - although to be honest I don't quite remember. Nine might be a little old and I'd bet I started the chewing a little younger, but there you go. At least I didn't chew the rest of the household furniture. Or my books, like my little brother did.

                                                                                    2. cumquott Feb 2, 2013 09:32 AM

                                                                                      I still eat the unpopped kernels from a bag of popcorn. Very crunchy, and good too, if they are a little overcooked.

                                                                                      As a kid I ate a worm (once) and would eat onion grass from the yards on the way to grade school. As an adult, I once ate a piece of dirt because it was shaped like a perfect pie slice (I dunno why - to impress my new wife?). Bad move. Don't eat dirt, especially without water nearby.

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                                                                                        IndyGirl Feb 9, 2013 09:55 PM

                                                                                        I'm LOLing at eating a piece of dirt because it was shaped like a piece of pie!! HAH!

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                                                                                        Vidute Feb 2, 2013 11:09 PM

                                                                                        i don't know why i swallowed the fly, but i didn't die.

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                                                                                          jarona Feb 3, 2013 05:49 AM

                                                                                          This is too funny. At first I was ready to answer tongue sandwiches or veal kidneys---then I realized it reallyWAS non -food items so here goes.
                                                                                          When I was a little, little kid, I secretly ate..........pieces of...
                                                                                          PLAY DOH! It was soft and salty--just like a Philly Pretzel..and the aroma! Oh dear lord--why can't Momofuku Milk Bar's Christina Tosi come up with a Play Doh cookie. I would have a steady supply!

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                                                                                            ttoommyy Feb 3, 2013 07:10 AM

                                                                                            Like library paste, I would guess many of us also ate (or at least tasted) Play-Doh as kids, whether we care to admit it or not. :)

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                                                                                              fldhkybnva Feb 4, 2013 04:27 PM

                                                                                              Me too, nice and salty.

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                                                                                              LJS Feb 4, 2013 04:48 PM

                                                                                              Asbestos. Yes, in my grade school in the '50's, we were given asbestos clay to make ashtrays (this is WAY back in the dark unenlightened ages, folks!). They were to be a gift for parents for Christmas or Father's Day, as I recall.

                                                                                              And, as with all other items named above given to school kids, like crayons and paste and fingerpaint, we had a taste. I think I remember liking it: cool, grey, earthy. It sort of seemed like the thing to do at the time...

                                                                                              As I am well past middle-age now and have not come down with abestosis or any of its horrible kin, I guess I dodged that bullet.

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                                                                                                buttertart Feb 5, 2013 05:06 PM

                                                                                                We passed around samples of asbestos in school and my mom had an asbestos mat (BIG Canadian product at the time, asbestos) but it wasn't in edible form.

                                                                                              2. juliejulez Feb 5, 2013 12:00 PM

                                                                                                Sort of food I guess, but I would steal spoonfuls of brown sugar from the canister. I still like to have a little taste when baking, and I like anything that involves brown sugar glazes, coatings, etc.

                                                                                                I also did the play-doh thing. Oh, and dog jerky treats.

                                                                                                1. KaimukiMan Feb 5, 2013 07:21 PM

                                                                                                  funny how this thread has regenerated after nearly a year. must be a spring thing.

                                                                                                  We didn't have honeysuckle where I grew up, at least it wasn't common, but we did have periwinkle (vinca minor) and we used to pluck the flowers and suck the nectar from the narrow end. We also used to chew on various grasses and some mysterious plant we thought was wild licorice, but wasn't even related. No idea what it was, but no one died. We also thought Pampas Grass was wild sugar cane and tried chewing on it, but it wasn't sweet and getting to the stalk of the seed plume usually resulted in some cuts from the razor sharp edges of the leaves.

                                                                                                  I once had an uncle who decided that slugs were just snails without shells. He was never able to convince us to catch them for him. Don't know if he ate any or not.

                                                                                                  1. alliegator Feb 6, 2013 12:31 PM

                                                                                                    I kept it to the standard stuff, but my little brother, who thankfully outgrew his "complete moron" phase ate everything. His biggest hit was drinking and entire bottle of cheap cologne my dad was given as a gift. He came to me and was all worried that my dad would be mad that he drank that special juice. A panicked run to the hospital followed, and he was fine, but the smell lingered on him for several days.

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                                                                                                      pine time Feb 6, 2013 02:18 PM

                                                                                                      Did he get blitzed from the alcohol? In some drug treatment centers, they confiscate any colognes and after-shave lotions 'cause of that very thing.

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                                                                                                        alliegator Feb 7, 2013 09:21 AM

                                                                                                        Probably at some point. We were lucky that he 'fessed up to me right away so I could start screaming for my mom. She did something that made him vomit, and everything after that happened at lightening speed.
                                                                                                        That kid was in the ER so much that my parents were actually worried that CPS would turn up, haha! Oddly enough he's now shining star in the crew.

                                                                                                    2. JerryMe Feb 6, 2013 03:32 PM

                                                                                                      My brother used to eat, yes, literally EAT cigarettes. He said he didn't want to become a smoker.

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                                                                                                        pavlova Feb 6, 2013 04:33 PM

                                                                                                        I used to eat all the Vicks Vapo-Rub. I loved the stuff. My brother ate Milk-Bones for years.

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                                                                                                          viperlush Feb 7, 2013 06:12 PM

                                                                                                          There is a character in a children's book that ate milk bones. He always kept some in his pocket. We never had dogs, so all I could try was dry cat food. Do not recommend.

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                                                                                                            mamachef Feb 11, 2013 01:09 AM

                                                                                                            Henry Huggins?

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                                                                                                            meatn3 Feb 8, 2013 11:29 AM

                                                                                                            What aspect of Vicks Vapo-Rub appealed to you? Did you eat it straight or as a condiment? Inquiring minds and idle brains want to know!

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                                                                                                              pavlova Feb 10, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                                                                              It was the smell! I loved it, but now that I think of it, it's basically Vaseline with eucalyptus. I ate it straight out of the jar with my finger.
                                                                                                              It's funny, I went to see my 2-year-old niece this weekend, and after her bath, when I was looking in the bathroom closet for lotion, she started looking for 'her Vicks'. Needless to say, I didn't give it to her, mean auntie that I am. :)

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                                                                                                                ratgirlagogo Feb 10, 2013 07:51 PM

                                                                                                                You mention smell - while I didn't eat it of course, I was crazy about the smell of the exhaust from the diesel buses. Not regular car exhaust, just diesel bus exhaust.

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                                                                                                            ItalianNana Feb 7, 2013 08:46 AM

                                                                                                            Dirt, cigarette ashes, chalk. And the smell of fresh rain would make me want to lick the sidewalk.

                                                                                                            Years later I learned that's called PICA and in my case likely caused by anemia/nutritional deficiencies.

                                                                                                            School mates ate paste and erasers!

                                                                                                            :-D

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                                                                                                              Florida Hound Mar 30, 2013 01:26 PM

                                                                                                              When I saw the title to this thread, I immediately thought of the white paste in elementary school. I knew I wasn't "the only one." Besides your "school mates," I think there is one other paste-eater on the board so far.
                                                                                                              I saw a couple of my other favorites along the way: another vote here for honey suckle.
                                                                                                              In the smells-only category, I am glad I have finally heard of someone else who just really loved the smell of diesel from the city buses!
                                                                                                              And I ate my share of Milk Bone dog biscuits, more just to be silly than because I really enjoyed them.

                                                                                                              So, our childhood make-shift foods are long past, and I was thinking of real adult choices we studied in history- the soliders and sailors who ran out of food and turned to eating shoe leather, etc. The threads of Chowhound remind me that adults in this day and age eat pretty well.

                                                                                                            2. jrvedivici Feb 7, 2013 09:03 AM

                                                                                                              Play Doh.....lot's and lots of play doh. In my defense the play doh burgers and pizza's and such just looked to darn good to not try!!

                                                                                                              1. juliejulez Feb 7, 2013 10:25 AM

                                                                                                                Thought of another one, Tums. I thought they were like candy.

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                                                                                                                  fldhkybnva Feb 7, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                                                                                  Hmm, well I still find them tasty and justify it via the value of calcium. Also, as a frequent IBS sufferer, I quite enjoy the chewable cherry Gas-X tablets and sometimes find that I pop them even if I'm not having an issue...

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                                                                                                                    juliejulez Feb 8, 2013 10:07 AM

                                                                                                                    Yeah they're still not bad. Sort of like those Necco candies.

                                                                                                                    I have a hard time swallowing pills so I get my calcium and vitamin D from these chocolate chew things. I could eat like 10 of them... same for my multi vitamins, they're gummy chews just like gummy bears. Dangerous!

                                                                                                                2. DuchessNukem Feb 7, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                                                                                  Those tasty, tasty little orange St. Joseph's childrens' aspirin.

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                                                                                                                    jrvedivici Feb 8, 2013 07:45 AM

                                                                                                                    Well if we are talking about actual consumable things like tums or aspirin then I can add Flinestone Chewable Vitamins. I ate a ton of those.....could be the reason why I grew up to resemble Fred Flinstone.

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                                                                                                                      buttertart Feb 15, 2013 01:24 PM

                                                                                                                      My nephew snuck and ate a whole bottle of those when they first came out and had to have his stomach pumped. (Typing this made me recall their exact taste.)

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                                                                                                                        pine time Feb 16, 2013 12:40 PM

                                                                                                                        Just got a taste flashback, too, buttertart, after reading your post, but mine was the red coating on One A Day vitamins. Loved to lick off all the red, then chew down the tangy vitamin.

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                                                                                                                          buttertart Mar 30, 2013 12:56 PM

                                                                                                                          I remember those too. Apparently the first thing I reacted to excitedly was baby vitamin C drops...tangy! Orange!

                                                                                                                  2. pinehurst Feb 15, 2013 01:31 PM

                                                                                                                    In the category of Tums, etc....any Italian Americans (in particular) out there who remember Brioschi? Little effervescent pellets in a blue glass jar? They were an Alka-Seltzer type product with a salty, lemony taste, and in the summertime, I sometimes would sneak a spoonful as a soda substitute.

                                                                                                                    I was only allowed one, 8oz cup of soda per week by my Mom, God bless her for caring.

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                                                                                                                      ttoommyy Feb 15, 2013 02:09 PM

                                                                                                                      Of course I do! But I've found something even tastier: it's called effervescente al limone and it's made in Italy. I love the stuff and sometimes make myself think I have an upset stomach just so I can drink some! lol

                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                        pinehurst Feb 15, 2013 03:42 PM

                                                                                                                        ttoommyy--the art on that jar is beautiful too. I'll look for it! Thx!

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                                                                                                                          ttoommyy Feb 15, 2013 05:56 PM

                                                                                                                          Yes, it is. Look for it in Italian delis and specialty stores.

                                                                                                                          BTW... We both have the same comfort food in our profiles! :)

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                                                                                                                        Vidute Feb 16, 2013 05:02 PM

                                                                                                                        my mom used to enjoy brioschi instead of soda. btw, brioschi is still on the market.

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