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  1. Which one? See, the first one doesn’t bother me much ’cause it’s ‘natural’ (not the restaurant part); the second because someone actually CHOOSES to inject herself with a bacterium that causes botulism, and not just ONCE but over and over . . .

    Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and related species. It prevents the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from axon endings at the neuromuscular junction and thus causes flaccid paralysis. Infection with the bacterium causes the disease botulism.

  2. Well, actually I meant the first one. I agree with your reasoning on the unsavory behaviors involved in getting botox. But that isn’t the spontaneous physical revulsion I get from too close an encounter with excreta, or portrayal thereof.

  3. @ Mitch4 – Here is a very funny children’s book, which you may have a hard time reading: “The Story of the Little Mole…” (… who wanted to know who had done its business on his head).
    P.S. The first half of the title links to an English edition, the second half is my own literal translation of the rest of the German title, but links to an English synopsis of the plot. The vivid, but matter-of-fact descriptions of the way each of the animals demonstrate what happens when they “do their business” is the most charming part of the book.
    P.S. I have no idea what sort of revolting things are supposed to happen in the “plop up” edition.

  4. Well, lived w/dogs my entire life, so poop doesn’t bother me. Many of my dogs, due to their puppymill background, have been coprophagic, so again, doesn’t bother me.

  5. My cats are pretty neat about their litter boxes, so I’m fine with that. Wouldn’t want to pick up after a dog tho. Nothing against the people who do.

  6. [“Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxic protein produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum and related species. It prevents the release of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from axon endings at the neuromuscular junction and thus causes flaccid paralysis. Infection with the bacterium causes the disease botulism.”]

    Say that ten times fast!

  7. @ Andréa – That reminds me of a children’s “tongue twister riddle” that works equally well in German or in English:

    Q: Can you say “dried grass” ten times fast?

    A: Hay! Hay! Hay! Hay! Hay! Hay! Hay! Hay! Hay! Hay!

  8. @Kilby: I went to the Wikipedia article, it mentions the story is being adapted for the stage.

    I would not want to know about any method actors and their “process”.

  9. @ lazarusjohn – Luckily, that sentence was in past tense (2012), and refers to the other side of the Atlantic (Netherlands), so you are probably safe over there. I’ve only read the original German, so I cannot vouch for the accuracy (nor entertainment value) of the English translation.

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