Only Pirates Eat Boogers

There comes a time in every kid’s life when he becomes what his parents dread most. A booger eater.

Where is this phenomenon derived from? It is not a learned behavior. Adults don’t go around eating boogers in view of their children and preferably not out of view of their children either. So kids are not looking at grown-ups thinking “Hmmm, maybe I should try that too”. What in our human instinct drives kids to eat their own boogers?

Clearly little boys are more prone to it than little girls, being the more disgusting of the sexes. I mean, come on, boys think farts and towel snapping are funny, so it is only natural that they would also think that booger eating is something they should do.

It is universally excepted that it is a disgusting habit but all kids try it at least once, although none of us would admit in polite company that we too did it as a child. The truth is most kids do it more than once. So what is it that compels them to move their finger, laden with booger, to the inside of their mouth and then decide that they should do it again in the future?

4 thoughts on “Only Pirates Eat Boogers

  1. I think it’s the proverbial curiousity of a child. “What’s this hole for? What’s in here? Oh, it’s slimy and gooy and warm. How does it taste? Better taste that again. I like my body and it’s strangeness. Look how it sticks to my finger and it has many colors. My parents and other adults seem to not approve. I’ll try it again to see if I get the same reaction. It worked!!” Why do many adults pick their noses, could be an off-shoot of childhood boogers. Ah, the mystery of human behavior….never without interest and weirdness.

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