Would you see someone who had them? Or would that be a deal-breaker?

Is it possible to cure cooties? Or do cooties make the world a lot more fun?

(shulamite, who recently got put on notice about her cooties status...)
It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his nationalism depends upon him not understanding it...
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ER, lol! Except that, I just got accused of having cooties and the boy wants to run from me. Frown


(shulamite, who's obviously on vacation this week to take time to post about cooties...)
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Cooties

Cooties is a word in North American English, used by children, referring to a fictitious disease or condition, often infecting members of the opposite sex, usually used by boys, but this is a phase and goes away by age 9-12 (hmmm... 19). One catches cooties through any form of bodily contact, proximity, square-dancing (lol), contact with an infected person's possessions, or third-party transmission.


The word may be derived from Filipino kuto, literally meaning head lice. Humorous use is first noted in 1905, Cooties first inflicts itself on your ass then it may work its way to the lower back causing Cootie Syndrome.

In northern Europe, "cooties" exists but only suggests that the "disease" is found in girls. Mad


Children sometimes "immunize" each other from cooties by administering a "cootie shot." One child typically administers the "shot" by reciting the rhyme "circle, circle / dot, dot / now you've got the cootie shot" while using an index finger to trace the circles and dots on another child's forearm. Yet another variation of the cootie shot is "circle, circle / square, square / now you have it everywhere," in which a child expecting an immunization is hoodwinked by a friend into being infected with cooties throughout his or her body. A final shot is said "circle, circle/ knife, knife / now you've got it all your life" while using their index finger to draw vertical lines on the other child's forearm. One more variation is "circle, circle / triangle, triangle / now you've got it at every angle." Sometimes a "cooties shot" is actually just a punch to the upper arm which "cures" the punched one from the "disease".


The Cooties Lock
In Canada, there is a slight variation on the cooties shot known as the "cooties lock"; it reads "circle, circle / dot, dot / now you've got the cootie [lock]". Note the variation in the final word of the rhyme from "shot" to "lock". The "lock" is deemed official once the child's right thumb and forefinger are touching while interlocking with the left thumb and forefinger from the left hand. The formation often resembles a figure eight. Canadian children acknowledge there is very little that can be done to infect a friend with cooties if he/she has the "cootie lock" effectively in place.



Cooties Spray
By the 1980's, U.S. children had developed an aerosol cooties treatment. Typically, the "spray" is administered over the entire body in conjunction with the sound effect "tshhhhhhhhhh!". While the spray is sometimes self-administered immediately after coming in contact with the cooties, most children claim that the spray must be administered by another child.


(I wonder if the aerosolized version is a consequence of the advent of aerosolized medicines in the 1980's...)
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Originally posted by shulamite:

Cooties Spray
By the 1980's, U.S. children had developed an aerosol cooties treatment. Typically, the "spray" is administered over the entire body in conjunction with the sound effect "tshhhhhhhhhh!". While the spray is sometimes self-administered immediately after coming in contact with the cooties, most children claim that the spray must be administered by another child.


laugh lol

I completely FORGOT about that you could get rid of the cooties (that contracted from an infected person - not the Cootie carrier himself, mind you!) with the Cooties Spray!! appl

LOL ... yes, I disinfected many friends with that ... and they, me!! Thanks for reminding .... I'm gonna have to run out to Wal-Mart and pick up a can!! lol


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ER, lol! Except that, I just got accused of having cooties and the boy wants to run from me. Frown


OH NO!!?!! Say it ain't so, girlfriend!! I thought there's be some kind of instant/automatic immunization for that once you reached 21 or something! lol

I'll be sure to let you know the price on that spray .... Razz
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Originally posted by shulamite:
Would you see someone who had them? Or would that be a deal-breaker?


Everyone has cooties at one point or another. I just draw the line at 'dirty birds' (a.k.a you need to take a shower!)

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Is it possible to cure cooties? Or do cooties make the world a lot more fun?


I'd say fun... but my friends and I are silly like that... Last week I earned the new nickname 'skunk girl' because I reveiled my early chidhood obsession with pepe lepew... He was so romantic, I never understood why the cat was running from him... Confused

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(shulamite, who recently got put on notice about her cooties status...)


lol

Remeber this toy/game?

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Originally posted by Oshun Auset:
Everyone has cooties at one point or another. I just draw the line at 'dirty birds' (a.k.a you need to take a shower!)


LOL. Ewww... I wasn't talking about *real* cooties, Oshun! That's Biosafety Level 4 stuff right there! ek

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I'd say fun... but my friends and I are silly like that... Last week I earned the new nickname 'skunk girl' because I reveiled my early chidhood obsession with pepe lepew... He was so romantic, I never understood why the cat was running from him...


I liked Pepe, too. He had a good game. Smile I actually think he and that cat got together eventually, in one cartoon. She was drunk or had amnesia or something...
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Originally posted by shulamite:
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Originally posted by Oshun Auset:
Everyone has cooties at one point or another. I just draw the line at 'dirty birds' (a.k.a you need to take a shower!)


LOL. Ewww... I wasn't talking about *real* cooties, Oshun! That's Biosafety Level 4 stuff right there! ek


lol I didn't mean 'real cooties'! lol BTW, please explain how this is in the dating-relationships-sexuality section... Souldn't it be in laughs and smiles? Please don't tell me a grown man said you had cooties! 20

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I'd say fun... but my friends and I are silly like that... Last week I earned the new nickname 'skunk girl' because I reveiled my early chidhood obsession with pepe lepew... He was so romantic, I never understood why the cat was running from him...


I liked Pepe, too. He had a good game. Smile I actually think he and that cat got together eventually, in one cartoon. She was drunk or had amnesia or something...


I remember that! I think she thought she was a real skunk via amnesia. I remember my heart broke when in one episode his wife came after him with a rolling pin when she caught him macking the cat down... He had children too! My childhood obsession ceased at that point.
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Originally posted by Oshun Auset:
BTW, please explain how this is in the dating-relationships-sexuality section... Souldn't it be in laughs and smiles? Please don't tell me a grown man said you had cooties! 20


Actually, you're right. It should be in Laughs & Smiles. And, yes, a grown man (way-grown) did ask me this. But I'm pretty sure he was being tongue-in-cheek. Smile But, then again, he did ask me for a doctor's note... 19

(shulamite, who won't mention that she also asked him if he had cooties, too...)
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Originally posted by shulamite:
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Originally posted by Oshun Auset:
BTW, please explain how this is in the dating-relationships-sexuality section... Souldn't it be in laughs and smiles? Please don't tell me a grown man said you had cooties! 20


Actually, you're right. It should be in Laughs & Smiles. And, yes, a grown man (way-grown) did ask me this. But I'm pretty sure he was being tongue-in-cheek. Smile But, then again, he did ask me for a doctor's note... 19

(shulamite, who won't mention that she also asked him if he had cooties, too...)


laugh
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Originally posted by ddouble:
Contracting cooties would be very relaxing today.
yeah

Once when I was in the 4th grade, I got tired of kids running around talking about the cooties. So I announced to my friends that I was giving myself a permanent cootie vaccine, and I never had the cooties again!

Of course, nobody back then knew about any vaccine-resistant mutant strains of the cooties. Eek
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Originally posted by Oshun Auset:
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Originally posted by EbonyRose:
GET OUTTA HERE!!!!! Eek

I never knew Pepe had a WIFE!! Confused


I know... Horrible huh? And it was revealed his name was really 'Henry' and he wasn't even French... As a little girl I was completely mortified!


OMG!!!!!!!!!! ek Confused 17

Where the hell did they get HENRY

I ... I ... I don't even know what to say. Frown
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Originally posted by shulamite:
quote:
Originally posted by Oshun Auset:
Everyone has cooties at one point or another. I just draw the line at 'dirty birds' (a.k.a you need to take a shower!)


LOL. Ewww... I wasn't talking about *real* cooties, Oshun! That's Biosafety Level 4 stuff right there! ek



Wow... I was reviewing some of the older threads today and had no idea how much joy this thread would bring me.

The "cooties" gentleman in question became the love of my life and I, in fact, will begin training soon to manage and regulate BSL - 3/4 laboratory facilities - working with the real cooties, indeed!

How funny... 3

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