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Attention: People!

May 27, 2010

Please stop blowing your noses in public. It’s dirty and it sounds really bad and yes, the men’s room is considered a public place. Go into your own private bathroom, or your office with the door shut, or under your desk in your cube, or your car, or down a dark and deserted alley and do your nose business there and then come back out and join everyone else. And if you do happen to find yourself in a public restroom with a plugged nose that just can’t wait, then for all that’s sacred in the world, please don’t just gently drop the dirty paper hand towels on top of the bin so the rest of us have to run the risk of brushing your wet boogers with our hands to reach a clean paper towel, but push them down into the bin. Thank you.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2010 9:31 am

    Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! This is one of my hugest pet peeves of all time. People blowing thier nose is gross, I can’t stand when people feel they should blow whereever they are.


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      May 27, 2010 1:39 pm

      And if the blowing in public isn’t bad enough, it’s like every public nose blower sounds like they’re blowing a trumpet!


      • May 28, 2010 10:26 am

        Exactly! And you can hear all the mucus flying out (I almost imagine it coating everything, and it makes me want to retch!)


  2. June 2, 2010 2:00 pm

    I hate that too, I consider that an impertinent act . nicely written.


  3. "honking" on the morning commute permalink
    July 4, 2010 12:30 am

    What are you talking about? I’ve rarely read such self-centered and prudish sentiments in my day-to-day life. Most people need to blow their noses sometimes — get over it (would you rather everyone loudly inhaled streams of snot back into their noses every time it dripped to their lips? Or maybe if they just walked around with tissue wadded in their nostrils?). Next you’ll be telling people not to pee in public restrooms because you don’t like hearing the tinkle…oh, and then – how absurd, how abominable – you all need to share the same faucet handles! Or maybe you’ll tell women to stop eating in public because it’s ungraceful when they drop a little from their lips to the plate, not to mention what’s with people chewing their food, huh?! Why don’t they rent a hotel room if they want to gently soften their food in their mouths to prepare it for swallowing?! How rude to get your saliva all over the food someone else worked so hard to prepare for you!

    Well, if you really cant get over yourself, here are some other common, scarcely avoidable, “impertinent” bodily and/or social functions that’ll make your blood boil: coughing; sweating; breathing; laughing; yawning; shifting in one’s seat; scratching; eye-rubbing; throat-clearing; apologizing; asking “pardon?”; sifting through one’s wallet or counting change; stretching; hailing a cab that doesn’t stop; squinting; sneezing; taking sick days and telling your boss that you have the flu, thus implying that you might be vomiting with your face hanging over a toilet; appearing congested with swollen face, red nose and puffy eyes; speaking with a sore throat; ordering coffee in the morning, thus implying that you are tired and not at your best.


    • Michael Fishman permalink
      July 4, 2010 11:22 am

      “Most people need to blow their noses sometimes — get over it (would you rather everyone loudly inhaled streams of snot back into their noses every time it dripped to their lips?”

      Works for me. As do manners.


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