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When I was 4, I met a crusty old man who sported half an index finger on one hand. Naturally I asked how he had lost half of that finger. He told me it was from picking his nose, that the boogers had eaten it right off. This sufficiently frightened me for years enough so that I couldn't even deal with my nose in any capacity, believing that it bore toxins similar to those contained in hydrochloric acid.

Pam
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When I was about 5, my sister told me that boogers were brain cells and that every time you picked your nose or sneezed, you got stupider. I refused to blow my nose in the winter and pinched my nose everytime I sneezed. Thanks for the ear infections Marie.

Kaitlin
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when i was little, i picked my nose, and my parents told me that there was a little boy who stuck his finger all the way up his nose and it never came out!!! from that day on, i was terrified to pick my nose, and never did it again!!

kelsey
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I can't remember who told me but I thought that if you picked your nose too much it would get bigger and bigger, the skin around it would get floppy, until your nostrils were really big and ugly. So whenever I picked my nose (yes, its true i did) straight afterwards I used to squeeze my nostrils tight so that the inward and outward pressure on my nostrils would be EVEN! And after reading this site, I just realised I still do it.

Katelyn
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i used to believe that ur snots were little animals! I used to straighten out my hanky and watch and wait to see if anything would move!!

Needless to say nothing ever did!!

Floobadob
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once a girl in my class was picking her nose and my teacher made the whole class sit down and she told us that snot is tiny wee bugs too small for us to see and that when we breath in they get stuck on our nose hairs and they built up and make snot.so that when you're eating snot you're eating bugs.i believed it for years

(the girl who had beeing picking her nose took ages to stop crying)

andy
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When I was 3 or 4, I was a real tomboy and I usually watched the Disney movies, especially Pinocchio. My parents said if I ate boogers (eww) I would turn into a donkey, and i was horrified. i was cleaner and...er, had a better diet from then on.

N/A
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I was told that eating my boogers would make me sick. It didn't, so I kept eating them. Then one day, I was sick in the toilet and some of the puke missed and landed on the toilet seat (sorry about the grossness!), and it was yellow-green and looked just like boogers! I thought that the boogers I had been eating had built up over the years in some corner of my stomach and had finally made me sick. I never ate boogers again...

Sean
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when I was little my dad always used to ask if i was digging for gold when he saw me picking my nose. I thought there was gold up my nose until months later my dad told me that there was no gold up my nose. i was really disapointed.

untitled
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My mum told me that when you pick your nose your nostrils will enlarge and look "unsightly and un-ladylike". I must have been about four back then. Now I'm closeto thirty, with a university degree in medical sciences, and I am still a little suspicious of people with big nostrils (including my husband)!

Katerina
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My mother told me that if I picked my nose my nostrils would expand and become extremely wide. I had an uncle who had an unpleasantly big nose and wide nostrils so my mom would say that my nose would be just like his because he picked his nose when he was a kid. I used to believe this until I was a teenager!

DMK
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My dad used to say if he caught any of us picking our noses 'Did you catch the monkey?', so I believe there was a monkey up my nose!! Never questioned how it got there or how a big monkey could live in my nose but it kept me thnking for years!

betty
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My friend insisted that spiders eat bogies. She picked her nose and dropped the bogies onto spiderwebs. Goodness knows if the spiders ate them!

Helen
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When my sister was little my mom told her that there was a mouse that lived in her nose called a booger mouse and that it ate her boogers. She told her that if she picked her nose then the booger mouse wouldn't have anything to eat so he would start eating a hole through her nose. That put an end to the nose picking for awhile.

Anon
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When I was a little girl my Mother told me that there were little black bugs in my boogers and that if I ate them they would fly out of my mouth

Ame
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I saw the movie BEETLEJUICE, where the main character, namely Beetlejuice, is a disgusting green color; I was only four, and I loved this flick--I must have watched it at least a dozen time the first six months we had it! Well, I told my Mommy that "Beetlejuice was a very disgusting green man..." and she told me it was because he picked his nose alot when he was my age--and ate it! I never did it again, for fear of turning into Beetlejuice or anything even closely resembling that color!!! I still laugh with my mom, as she was never one to make up stuff like that, but in this case it was not only hilarious but it worked! :)

Anonomous
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My brother used to tell me if I picked my nose I would become more stupid because bogey were brain cells

Anon
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when I was eight years old, I developed pneumonia and was in hopsital for a week. My mum told me that I'd made myself ill by picking my nose and eating the bogeys. A little bit harsh of her, I think...

Carol
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My Mum told me that if you picked your nose you would turn into a matchstick man - I didn't believe her until one night,I did it and I stood in front of the bathroom mirror screaming "I don't want to be a matchstick man"

Annette
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When I was probably about 4 or 5, my big brother told me that if I stuck my finger too far up my nose, a sharp toothed snail would bite it off. I believed him, so I tried not to stick it too far up when I picked my nose and also warned all my friends in kindergarten about sticking their fingers too far up their nose because of the sharped toothed snails. My older brother also got my little brother to believe the same thing.

Anon
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