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This morning, just after finishing breakfast I went to do the washing up. (No dishwasher). Washing away fine until I get to the last two plates which had been sitting in the sink. Pick first one up and notice something weird on the next plate.<br><br>
Try to pick it up, thinking it's leftover food or something only to realise.....<br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br><br>
It's a slug, which is literally *melting* in the hot water!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!">:puke<br><br>
I totally freaked out, and threw the two plates, slug and all into the bin outside. (I hate to waste things, but just couldn't handle that!! Besides, the goo just wasn't coming off...)<br><br>
I have never ever been so glad that I wear gloves to wash the dishes!!<br><br>
I think this is probably the grossest thing that's ever happened to me, other than the time I was living in a block of flats where we had a communal room just outside the main entrance for bins. Many of the residents were disgusting about using this room / keeping it clean and rather than walk in, lift a lid and put their rubbish in the bin they would just open the door and throw it in - making it even less pleasant for anyone else to go in there. Worst ever was the night I went out to put our rubbish bag in, got a few steps into the room before realising that the whole floor was literally crawling with maggots. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/jaw.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="dropjaw"> (I really really don't like maggots at the best of times!). I still have nightmares about that one!<br><br>
So, make me feel better - or freak me out.. What really gross things have happened to you??
 

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DH and I were hanging out one night and all the sudden he gets a really funny look on his face. Then, he starts screaming hysterically that there is something crawling up his leg. He grabs at his jeans just below his knee and we both here a huge "CRUNCH" and a circular wet spot appears where something is obviously crushed.<br><br>
His face turned white and I thought he was going to faint. While not letting go of the thing inside his pant let, he uses his other hand to take off his jeans as fast as humanely possible. He shakes his pants and out falls a huge, incredibly creepy and gross, squished beetle. His face turns even whiter at this point and he has the most intense look of disgust I have ever seen. I, meanwhile cannot stop laughing because I keep thinking of the hilarious screaming/hopping around that happened a few moments earlier.<br><br>
We still talk about that incident every once in a while.
 

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ewww..to you both! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/scared.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="scared"><br><br>
i have an insane fear of reptiles in general and lizards/geckos in particular (i grew up in a warm, moist area). just seeing that creepy crawly on a wall is enough to make me stare at it and not go to sleep. anyhoo, when I was little once i was walking barefoot in the house when i stepped on something soft. i SHRIEKED as soon as i saw it was a lizard's tail! the creature darted away leaving it writhing tail behind!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/faint.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Faint"> lizards can grow more tails but the severed piece kept wriggling for all the while i was SCREAMING! that incident is a classic in our house and still has me <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/cold.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cold">.
 

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Very mild as far as grossness goes but the EEEEEEWWWWW factor is over the top for mine:<br><br>
Tick heading for my head. Happened 2 times so far. I got it off and into an alcohol jar.Can't stop thinking about it feeding off of me,and looking like a plump grey raisin.Ugh!!!!! I have gotten them off the dogs before,but having them on me or the kids is the worst.
 

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i bought a melon or something from a produce stand i was trying for the first time. i should have known better bc of all the flies buzzing around. a few days later i woke up and tere were maggots all over my kitchen and living room. it took hours to pick them all up by hand, bc i didnt want them in my vacuum and i read online that nothing kills them other than to crush them. (i just dumped them all outside)<br><br>
i once had a centipede/milipede inside my shirt.<br><br>
my kids blow snot rockets in the shower and leave them on the walls until they hardena nd i have to scrape them off (i almost never go in there bathroom except to clean, ds1 is getting old enough to start scrubbing his own shower, so this wont be a problem for me much longer!)
 

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Ahhh !!! That is creepy I would have tossed them too. Thank goodness for gloves!
 

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OK, I have a couple. We were living in Sri Lanka, where restrooms are sparse in some parts. We were on our honeymoon roadtrip around the island and I had to go pee really bad and we were still quite a ways from our destination. We stopeed at a dairy stand and pointed me to a restroom/outhouse out in back. Had to wade through some brush. When I got back to the car, I felt a tickly feeling on my inner thigh. I thought it was a thread from my skirt. I kept trying to shake it loose, but the tickle continued, even when I was standing absolutely still. I raised my skirt a bit to see what was up and it was............a leech! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/scared.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="scared"> I totally freaked out on DH!<br><br>
Here is another one, also from Sri Lanka...we were in the process of renovating our master suite so the bathroom only had a false ceiling, made out of styrofoam sheets. One night, we hear a loud thump in the bathroom, followed by scratching noises. DH went in (as I am yelling at hime to close the door so that whatever it is does not escape into the rest of the house). It turned out to be a small mongoose, who fell through the foam. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes2.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="yikes"> But that's not the gross part...He managed to pull himself back up to the rafters (using our shower curtain, I think). We had a good laugh and went back to sleep. I get up in the morning to go to the bathroom. I open the door and guess what I find?<br><br>
Yep, mongoose poop all over the bathroom - the fall had literally scared the crap out of him! And as if that is not gross enough, the mongoose appears to have been suffering from a case of the runs. Yes, I had to spend my morning cleaning up mongoose diarrhea from our bathroom!:puke<br><br>
Then there was the large spider who lived in one of my shoes...yes, still Sri Lanka...
 

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Note to self- stay away from Sri Lanka.<br><br>
Every year we go scalloping in the Gulf of Mexico. I have very curly hair that I keep pulled back in a pony tail, but a few pieces always float out in front of me and catch the grass floating around. Last year I had a piece of grass in it, and reached up to pull it out, only to discover that it wasn't grass, it was a freaking crab, and it latched onto my finger and held on for dear life. It looked like this <a href="http://www.trueknowledge.com/p/majoidea" target="_blank">http://www.trueknowledge.com/p/majoidea</a> an was about 3 inches long. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/cold.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cold"> I was screaming through so my snorkel so hard that my dd thought a remora had latched onto me again, or that a shark had me.<br><br>
Remoras will frequently latch onto your legs which is also pretty darn gross and creepy as hell.
 

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They have crabs like that at our favorite pet store! We love watching them, but I would not want to find one in my hair!<br><br>
Every year at my elementary school we had a slug festival. We had slug races and slug coloring contests and slug exhibits. In Seattle, there are slugs absolutely everywhere, so we were kinda getting used to them.<br><br>
One year we had a slug roast. Some of the kids dared my mom to try one, and, thinking it was all a big joke, she ate it. Said it wasn't too bad. Then one of the teachers informed her that it was a REAL SLUG!!!!!
 

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I think slugs are cute. When we had dogs, sometimes in the spring they would bring some in their fur into the house. Slugs don't bite, they don't move fast, and they have those cute little alien eyes.<br><br>
I would have been sad about him melting. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"><br><br>
(All the other stories here are <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/cold.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Cold">)
 

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When we were in NC we used to get those big hairy wolf spiders. I thought this one was too big to step on but DH went to do it anyway. As his foot came down the thing exploded. She was carrying all her babies on her back and like a million tiny spiders went in all directions. She ran off too.
 

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Another slug story...<br><br>
I was at my Mom's house and I stepped out on to the wooden front porch/deck. My foot came down and I SKID across the porch, going at least 6 feet. We are talking slide on ice kind of skid. I look down, and I have a slug STUCK to the bottom of my BARE foot, and there is a 6 foot long slug trail behind me. We peel the slug off, and I ended up having to use turpentine based paint remover to get the slug slime off of me (and I still had to scrub--I used soap and professional strength acetone with minimal success before the turpentine!). I am almost gagging just thinking about it! So I totally don't blame you for tossing the plates!
 

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Years ago we had an extended family dinner. A group had gone to the local farm stand for greens and made a huge beautiful salad. During the meal, My cousin got a confused look on her face and stuck out her tongue. On it was a live slug/snail-like creature curling and uncurling -ON HER TONGUE! Blech!
 

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<a href="http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,592764,00.html" target="_blank">Don't eat slugs!</a>
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">When we were in NC we used to get those big hairy wolf spiders. I thought this one was too big to step on but DH went to do it anyway. As his foot came down the thing exploded. She was carrying all her babies on her back and like a million tiny spiders went in all directions. She ran off too.</div>
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When we lived in NC a wolf spider half the size of my hand ran across my unmade bed. Ever since then I've been afraid of spiders in my bed. Randomly I'll feel something tickle my legs and I'll freak out, kick off the covers and o in search of the non existent spider.<br><br>
When we got our dog, we lived on acreage w/o a fence. We would go outside with her to take her potty. At night we would wear a headlamp and you could see hundreds and hundreds of spider eyes reflecting the light. At first I thought it was mica in the dirt. Sure some of it was, but mostly it was wolf spiders. It was horrifying.<br><br>
I'm glad to not be in NC anymore, lol. Although we still have black widows where we live now.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">When we were in NC we used to get those big hairy wolf spiders. I thought this one was too big to step on but DH went to do it anyway. As his foot came down the thing exploded. She was carrying all her babies on her back and like a million tiny spiders went in all directions. She ran off too.</div>
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We got those when I lived in CO...several of us had unfinished basements and they would run all over..<br><br>
We used to catch them and put them in the garbage disposal <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment">
 

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You know when kids are at that age to actively and effectively fight booger-removal? DD1 was at that age, and I had my eye on a huge green booger, waiting for the perfect opportunity to get a good grip on it and snatch it...can you see where this is going?<br><br>
I proceeded to feed her peas. She had a "pea" on her cheek, so I swiped it up with my finger and put it in my mouth without thinking. I was chewing it with my front teeth for a while before realizing that it was quite rubbery and didn't taste like a pea at all. Then I looked in her nose and the huge green booger was gone. :puke I still gag when I think about it...
 

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Oh, you wouldn't like this story my friend told me the other night then. Her mom was about to put on a shower cap and noticed something wiggling inside it, and it was a lizard. That wouldn't bug me too bad (besides startling me before I knew what it was), but her mom freaked (as it sounds like you would).<br><br>
The grossest thing that ever happened to me was when DH and I were on our honeymoon in Hawaii. We had gotten our rental car and driven to our condo, then later that night (after dark) we went back out to go to dinner. As I pulled the car door handle and the dome light came on, I saw hundreds and hundreds of cockroaches, from huge to tiny, on every surface of the car's interior. I screamed and we ran back inside, and the next day my poor hubby had to drive that roach-infested car back to the airport to trade it for a different one.<br><br>
Those suckers are terrifyingly <i>good</i> at hiding! When that dome light came on, they vanished within about 1 second -- crazy!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">to me was when DH and I were on our honeymoon in Hawaii. We had gotten our rental car and driven to our condo, then later that night (after dark) we went back out to go to dinner. As I pulled the car door handle and the dome light came on, I saw hundreds and hundreds of cockroaches, from huge to tiny, on every surface of the car's interior. I screamed and we ran back inside, and the next day my poor hubby had to drive that roach-infested car back to the airport to trade it for a different one.<br><br>
Those suckers are terrifyingly <i>good</i> at hiding! When that dome light came on, they vanished within about 1 second -- crazy!</div>
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AHH AHH AHHH NOT COOL!!!<br><br><br>
I woke up to a roach crawling on me in college...my roommate was filthy
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">AHH AHH AHHH NOT COOL!!!<br><br><br>
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I have two words for you: FLYING COCKROACHES. Enough said.<br><br>
Yes, Sri Lanka again. It is actually a stunningly beautiful island, wonderful food, fascinating culture, lovely people...but lots of tropical creatures, big and small. FWIW, geckoes too. And monitor lizards which are, well, the size of small crocodiles (almost freaked when I saw one during my first week there)...and that is just life in the big city!<br><br>
I will one-up all of you!
 
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