Oh No! It's food obsessions again!
Philip.Belben at pgen.com
Philip.Belben at pgen.com
Wed Nov 15 12:51:59 EST 2000
Jacob, quoting Ven, quoting me:
>>> I've never really been a paper chewer. Pen tops, yes. Little bits of
>>> plastic insulation stripped from electric wires, definitely (and
>>> especially if I used my teeth as wire strippers). The edge of a
>>> disposable plastic cup (usually when I've finished the contents)
>>Oh, wow! I thought I was the only plastic-chewer in the world! There are
>>still books in the library in the town where I grew up that have little
>>quarter-circles of plastic gone from the corners of the protective covers,
>>because I pulled them off and chewed them! Insulation off wires is also
>>good, and so are buttons. I don't like bits of plastic cup so much, though,
>>they tend to be too sharp. :-)
Yes! Library book covers! Not just the plastic sheet on the dust jacket
meta-covers, but those thicker plastic covers that go on paperbacks, heat-sealed
around the edge. These will generally shed a long thin plastic string from the
heat-sealed edge, which is very satisfying to chew!
But cups, I agree bits of cup are too sharp. It's just the rim I chew, still
attached to the cup.
> I chew plastic, too. Usually pen tops. It's easy to bite off the dangly
> bit and chew it flat. I used to be worse, but have been more constrained
Yes. In the good old days, you could draw a vacuum in the pen top and attach it
thereby to tongue or lips. Now most pen-tops don't do this because they're
ventilated to prevent babies choking on them, so I too am reduced to bending and
breaking off the pocket clip and chewing that...
> lately. Paper is still open season. Paper is nice because you don't have
> to spit it out. Once it is chewed up enough, you can just swallow it. I've
> also become something of a loose thread disposal when we cross-stitch.
Eek! No, I find paper too mushy to be really satisfying to chew. And thread...
No, not for me, I think.
> My gums still cringe at the memory of pen-plugs. Easy to bite out of the
> pen, but then the top would sometimes skid across the gums - ouch! I chewed
You mean the bit that went in the other end of the barrel of cheap pens like the
Bic? Yes, that fits neatly over a canine tooth - very satisfying. And just the
right texture, too.
> paper (the thick, spongy sort) and rubbers (think you call them erasers) -
No, but our American friends probably do :-)
> the light yellowish square sort. I used to chew cotton handkerchiefs and
> collars too... then wondered why I got a "sucky" baby daughter who would sit
> behind me on the baby seat of my bike and suck a dinner-late-sized wet patch
> into my shirt or skirt.
> I also chewed grass stems, choumoulia stems and various other oddities. It's
> not such a rare habit, it seems! So why is it never mentioned in
> baby-rearing books?
Sally, you're talking about this in the past tense! Is this something only
young children are supposed to do?
My excuse must therefore be that I still have seven of my milk teeth. I don't
think there's any likelihood of their being replaced by adult teeth after all
> Whats-her-face in Tale of Time City at one point thinks how much more
> satisgfying it would be to chew her pen while doing homework than to have a
> "bodiless" pen and have to chew a seaweed stick, or something, instead. Does
> that sentence mean what it's supposed to?
Yes it does, and I'd quite forgotten! Vivian obviously chews pencils (as I do,
but I prefer pens - pencils splinter too much, and the paint flakes off, and I
don't much like the woody taste anyway.)
Finally, Robyn, on pixie sticks:
>>On the other hand, I think plastic tubes are more common than paper ones over
> No no no no! The ones in the plastic are nothing like real pixie sticks.
Please explain! I am now totally confused again...
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