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If you’re a human camel, you’ll find that one of the most beneficial “perks” to living in a city is the fact that you can openly and freely spit wherever the hell you want and no one seems to bat an eyelash.

For someone like me however, I find it disgustingly repulsive, barbaric, horrendous, and nauseating.

Not to mention…totally unsanitary.

It's like watching a National Geographic film on the day in the life of a Neanderthal man.

You have no idea how much fun it is to walk the city pavements while having to play “hop-scotch” between the wads of mucous membranes.

My poor Payless shoes cringe every time they hit the sidewalks.

I’ve actually trained myself to walk a straight line; keeping my eyes on the sidewalk for spit-watch.

And it’s not only the men who practice this tribal ritual.

I’ve seen quite a few "delicate lady-camels" spitting while walking down the street. I once saw a woman on the opposite side of the street spit a stream so long…it would have made a camel severely envious. I actually did a double take because I could not believe my eyes.

(I kid you not)

In a one block radius, I once counted nine droppings of phlegm hacks.

It was hideous!

“Excuse me cave people, but have you ever heard of something called a Kleenex?”

I mean even my cat would have the common courtesy to find a secluded corner to spit out a fur ball.

Maybe this putrid act is actually a part of human nature and I somehow have a missing chromosome.

But quite frankly, I don’t get it.

Why would anyone with a functioning brain, think they had the right to freely share their body fluids on a city sidewalk?

Honestly…it totally puzzles me.

Maybe I should start volunteering on my days off by standing on the street corners; handing out complimentary tissues.

Or better yet…

…maybe I should start knitting some cute and festive camel spit-guards…

Wishing you a spit-fire weekend everyone!


  1. Yeah, but **YOU**, my dear Sir Knighted Ron Connery, are not in the *Capital* of spit shooters. They even do it while driving and while smoking.
    Yeah, boyeeeeee, the pickins are USDA Grade A Choice all right...NOT!

  2. ROFLMAO...I have never thought of this before but it is so true. And to make it worse, you should see the women spit right before they get on the bus it just disgusts me. Get Knitting Man...and do it quick. You could make a fortune...just make sure you make the ones you want to sell over here with a Hawaiian motif...LOL

  3. I don't get it either, but you are right, it is absolutely disgusting.

    What ever happened to folks having manners?

    Have a beautiful weekend, handsome.


  4. Saw a man once blow his nose into the street..
    seriously, I KID YOU NOT!
    he held two fingers to one nostril and then let it fly..
    a stream of boogers..
    It was so gross, I have not forgotten it, and it was years ago
    and guess what?
    it was in Philly!
    maybe it's something in the water?

  5. Aloha Debi!

    Yes, you're right...

    ...because I've seen this dastardly deed done whilst someone was driving a vehicle...OUT THE WINDOW!!!

    And PLEASE...lets not even talk about how many times I've seen "tobacco chewers" do it!

    Now that's RANK!!!!!

    ...the pickins are USDA Grade A Choice all right...NOT!


    Have a marvi weekend, Deb!

    And stay away from those spit-driving cars!


  6. Aloha Thom!

    ...just make sure you make the ones you want to sell over here with a Hawaiian motif...!


    Ok...I will definitely keep that in mind, bud!

    HOLY SHIT, that's a bus driver I bet you see this lovely act performed A LOT!!!


    Thanks for dropping by, Thom!

    Hey...I'll stop by your blog later today to check out the new move!

    Can't wait!

    Knitting Man

  7. Good Morning Vixen Kitten!

    I think manners have slowly gone away like dive-in movies!


    It's funny, because for all the "unusual things" I've witnessed living in a city, "camel spitting" is something that I've never gotten use to.

    icky, icky, icky!!!

    Thank you for stopping by, dear one! Hope all is well. Please know that I'm still sharing much "good energy" with you!


  8. OMG...OMG...OMG...Lady Sorrow!!!

    YES! YES! YES!




    And is it not the most disgusting, repulsive thing you've ever witnessed???

    And what totally amazes me, is that "I" seem to be the only one on the street who notices it happening. Everyone else walks around with blinders on!

    *yeah....could be something in the water, you're right!

    Tee, hee!

    Love ya, Sorrow!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  9. Public spitting now that is spiritual. I really never gave it much thought. But how correct you are! When anyone male or female let's go a lunger in public it is downright unsanitary. To be part of this liquid wonder called spit world has got to be the most primitive part of our existence. That and walking behind some one who let's go a giant smelly fart and they continue to jaunt along a little lighter on the gas index. Now a woman who spits and farts at the same time is she the bomb or what?
    If you have to spit or get rid of that foreign substance that is in your lungs, throat etc. carry a tissue or hankerchief and let go into that and not on the surface of this planet. If you have to fart please make sure you are alone and then you can wallow in your own aroma for awhile and no one will be the worst for it.
    Ron, only you can come up with these off the wall posts and for that I will spit a watermelon seed the distance of a 1st down and say well done.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Phil Phelgm

  10. HOLY SHIT, Dave/Phil Phelgm...there's so much in your comment that I'm laughing my ass off about, I can't even decide what to talk about!!

    YOU. ARE. A. RIOT!!!!

    lunger!...OMG, I remember being in high school and calling them that! And the boy who could spit the BIGGEST lunger won!

    Oh, Dave...who've no idea the things that I've witnessed while walking down the city streets.

    On one hand, it's disgusting...

    ....and on the other hand, I find it rawly intriging.

    I LOVED your gas index remark!!


    Thanks so much for stopping by, my Libra friend!

    You've no idea how much I continue to enjoy your humor!


  11. Totally effing funny and gross at the same time....I don't get it either...Why do people feel the need to do this in public?

    You so effing make me laugh....

  12. You know, Ron, I can't even whistle, much less curl my tongue or spit. Must be an undeveloped mouth or something. I suppose I make up for it on the aptly-titled "gas index." But then again, my emissions, while sulfurous, aren't turning asphalt into a Slip-n-Slide.

  13. Love those camel guards. I didn't know you were a knitter! My friend Maria down in Cincinnati sent me an email yesterday complaining about the same exact thing. I guess no city is immune.

  14. O

    See, in this little bitty town there's still a law on the books for spitting on the sidewalk. No foolin'.. Not that they don't spit 'round these parts--I'm clear they do. (ACK!!) It's very rare that I ever haffta avoid a....spitty thingy.
    I'm thankful for that.
    Cuz they'd be dealing in upchucky things next to it. LOL

    Makes me wonder if there's a law on the book for upchucking on sidewalks around here. LOLOL

  15. Hiya Funny!

    That's the same question I ask!


    And summertime is the worst because it SMELLS!


    Always so great seeing ya, Girl!

    If I don't make myself laugh at it...I'd be puking!


    Have a great weekend!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  16. Hey MVD!

    ...But then again, my emissions, while sulfurous, aren't turning asphalt into a Slip-n-Slide...


    Toooooo damn funny, man!

    Listen, I know because you travel into NYC a lot, you know EXACTLY what I mean about this camel spitting shit.

    Isn't it the pitts?

    City life seems to give people the OK to do anything, anywhere, anytime!?

    Honestly? I don't ever spit unless I'm brushing my teeth.

    Thanks for stopping by, bud! made me laugh.

    Enjoy your weekend!

  17. Hi Chrissy!

    Well...I'm glad to hear that camel spitting in Cincinnati is as prosperous, as it is here.


    You're right, though...I think it's pretty much a part of city living everywhere.

    Hey, if you want me to knit you spit-gaurd, let me know. I also do bikini's and jock straps!

    (in poka-dots)

    Have an awesome weekend, Chrissy!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  18. Hiya Mel!

    BRAVO to your itty bitty town for still enforcing the law on spitting!!!

    Many years ago when I was living in NYC, I DO remember seeing NO SPITTING signs in the subways. Philly has no such signs. However, Philly is like a FREE TO DO WHATEVER YOU WANT city. There are rules and laws...but no one enforces them.

    OY VEY!

    Great seeing ya, dear lady!

    Have a super-duper weekend!!!

    And I hope you don't see any spitballs!


  19. Sorry to say, ya'll, but Paris MUST be the "spit capital" of Europe!!! It is soooo disgusting! I hate it, I hate haven't to mind my way around making sure not to step in huge green or yellow gucky globs of phlegm! It's sooo disgusting that it almost makes me gag sometimes and want to PUKEEEE just so that it will cover up the spit!! In fact, it's not just the spit, but when the heck is in the spit that is gross, to!! YUCKKK!!! Haven't these neanderthals heard of a kleenex? It's EVERYWHERE on the ground here...
    It may be culturally acceptable to spit in some nations but in my book, a civilized world should NOT have spit on the streets! YUCCCCCKKKKK!!
    That's my venting...
    Ron, I'm going to post some of what you wrote and link it to your blog, hope you don't mind, but this is the post I've been meaning to write for the past three years....
    Thanks so much for sharing your opinion about this with us... we're of the same mind here!
    Hugs from Antony (Now back in the Paris area and leaving France and SPIT for sun, surf and NOOOO SPIT on 1 July!!!)

  20. PS, I just read the comment about a man blowing his nose on the street and EWWWWWWWW, SOOOO GROSSSSS!! What ARE these people, anyways?
    I just wanted to add to this that everywhere I go on the metro, there is usually always ONE darn nose picker who digs for gold as if it were California in 1848! No joke.... What's up with that? I mean, they don't try to hide it, they dig, pick, inspect and flick... I mean, REALLY, peeps, get a Kleenex and don't EVER make me see this gross thing again!!!

  21. Ive never read a blog post that has made me cringe so much! But i did laugh as well! Love your idea for a spit guard :)

  22. Bonjour Leesa!

    I'm kinda shocked to hear about the spitting in PARIS!!!!!

    I'm actuallly trying to imagine someone spitting around the Paris Opera House!?!?!?!


    I've been meaning to write this post for awhile now, and since it's summertime I've been noticing it more and more. For some reason I don't seem to see it as much during the winter months. Maybe it has something to do with the heat.

    Spitting in public has always puzzled me. I don't get it?!?!?! WHY?????????

    Anyway, it felt good to vent about it. And I'm seeing (through comments) that it happenes all over the world and bothers A LOT of us!

    And no...I don't mind you using this post at all on your blog. Go for it! You and I will be "anti-spit activists."


    Hey, that's're heading out to California!! WOW...July 1st! That's only a few days away! Have a wonderful time, Leesa! And just won't have to see any spitting!


    Thanks for stopping by.

    Have a great weekend!


  23. P.S. Leesa....

    Yes...the nose blowing I've seen several times and it's by far worst than anything I've ever witnessed on the city streets!!!

    OMG....your comment about nose picking made me LAUGH!! Yes...I've also seen THAT several times too! I feel like I'm watching an ape in a zoo!



  24. Helloooooo Casdok!

    GRRRRRRREAT seeing ya!!

    Sorry to make you cringed with this spit post, but I'm glad you found a giggle!

    tee, hee!

    I tried to had some comedy to this dastardly deed, so I'm not TOTALLY grossed out by it!

    It truly amazes me WHY people do this?!?!?

    Thanks for stopping by today, dear lady!

    Hope all is well!

    Love and hugs to you and C!


  25. Sptting is the most disgusting habit EVER!!!! That's one of the reasons I don't watch football because of the spitting. UGH!

  26. Good Afternoon Akelamalu!

    Hey, that's right...I have seen footballs players SPIT!!!'s disgusting!!!!!

    Thanks for stopping by, m'dear!

    Hope you enjoyed your little jaunt this weekend!

    Can't wait to hear all about it!


  27. Ronnie,
    This is such a disgusting habit and you just confirmed what I never have seen..
    A "Madame" camel.
    Holy cow... and with an accuracy of a SWAT shooter to beat.
    That would gross anyone out !!

    It is the most gross thing to be walking & see "gummys" on the ground. I do the slalom sport like you, my friend !!

    Thanks my buddy for expressing your repulsion for this Neanderthal habit! I guess they don't know what's Kleenex because it wasen't invented yet in the "Neanderthal era".
    But it's time to learn !!!!

    Hugs to ya, my buddy

  28. Bonjour Barbara!


    Your comment made me MAJOR laugh!!!

    ...Holy cow... and with an accuracy of a SWAT shooter to beat...


    The first time I saw a "lady camel" spit...I almost DIED! I mean I can't even understand a man doing it, but egads...a lady???

    And you're so cute...gummys!

    I'll think of that word the next time I see one!

    Thanks for stopping by, my friend.

    And thanks for the laugh!!!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


  29. Living in the burbs now the amount of phlegm coated streets I come across has greatly reduced. Living in London, the piles of dog poop were worse. They seem to have no problem allowing their canines to leave steaming piles everywhere people walk. I have to say that was horrible.

  30. Good MorningWPF!

    So nice seeing ya!

    Oh boy, LUCKY phlegm!!

    (I bet it's nice)

    WOW...that's weird to here about the piles of dog poop you saw in London!?! I will occasionally see that here in Philly, but most people carry plastic bags with them while walking their dogs - especially in the parks.

    This is why I LOVE cats. Give me a "poop box" any day!!!


    Thanks for stopping by!

    Hope you're enjoying your summer!

  31. I lived in a developing Asian country for a while and this wass probably one of the most not-cool things about it. People would spit while they were trying to sell you food.

    Old guy with an Asian accent: *cough cough hack hack clear phlegm from thruat and spit* Would you like to buy my strawberries? *cough cough hack hack clear phlegm from thruat and spit*


  32. Hi Tellie~

    I'm cringing just from hearing you tell that story!


    I don't think I could ever eat another strawberry again!

    It's bad enough that someone would publicly spit, but to do it while selling FOOD???

    GAG ME!

    Thank you for stopping by, Tellie!

    So nice seeing ya!

    Hope you had a great weekend!

    P.S. I lived in Japan for three months many years ago and it was the most mannered place I've ever been. I don't think they would even think to spit. Wonderful country!

  33. Hey Ron!!!

    You'll NEVER guess what??!!! No sorry did you and I open the topic but I saw the NOTORIOUS... NOSE BLOWING in the streets of Antony (where I live) just yesterday!!!!!! Across the street from where I was standing (inside a boutique), I turned my head in correspondence with a VERY LOUD and strange noise... Then, at that very second, my gaze fixed itself on a man blowing his nose onto the sidewalk just about 20 feet from where I was standing...
    I yelled at him directly... EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!! GROSS!!! OMG, that's SOOO DISGUSTING! Well, I yelled it right at him... AND in English, too...He didn't really react but just moved on.... When I turned back around, a lady in the store next to me had a sheer look of horror and disgust on her face.. Yep, she saw it, too! Sooo, I started to talk to her about it... and about what you wrote and what I wrote on our blogs ... She said it was the very first time she had ever seen that... Mine, too!!

    EWWWWWWWWW!! Really, gag me with a spoon!!

    Take care.. I'm off to Paris right now...
    Hugs to you!

  34. Bonjour Leesa!

    Oh. MY. GOD!!!!!!!!!

    GAG ME!!!!

    I think this post opened a big box of worms.

    *or rather SNOT!


    Ya see, what I can't comprehend is WHY anyone would do this?????

    I just can't fathom how anyone would feel comfortable just BLOWING SNOT in public?!?!?!?!

    It just baffles me, Leesa.

    I mean, WHY?!?!?

    They're like ANIMALS!!

    Anyway, my sorry you had to witness this, but at least now you know what Sorrow and I mean.


    Hope you're having fun in Paris and buying all new clothes for your trip to California!


    Thanks for stopping by!


  35. camel I'm trying to remeber a caamel story...spit! No.

    Oh hey, I once had a pair of lousy jeans. they made me look like I had camel toe. It didn't matter how I pulled at them and tried to fix them...camel toe. DANG!

    And I swear I don't have camel toe.

    yeah I conceded defeat and gave them away to the goodwill. Good god...get those out of here.

    that was the only camel story I had. hehehe.

    Hey do guys get camel toe pants too?

    ciao sweetie.

  36. Dear Miss Jones!


    Hey... I liked YOUR camel story more than my own!!!

    Yes, I've definitely seen guys with camel toe pants too!

    Only with a looks more like a camel toe with a BIG bulge hanging to either the left or the right!


    Ciao bella!

    Thanks for stopping by!

  37. Hello!!!! OMG, I've been gone too long! LOL I have been around, just not at the blogs lately.

    I absolutely agree with you! DISGUSTING HABIT!!

    People either just don't care... which is a shame to have such bad personal manners... or they don't realize they are doing it.
    Either way, it's nasty.

  38. Hey Ho Crystal Chick!

    It's so GREAT to see ya!!!!


    Hope you've been having a great week!

    YES...I'm sure you've seen Camel Spitting, while visiting Philly - it's lovely!!

    And it's funny, because ever since I wrote this post...I haven't seen any!?

    I wonder if everyone in Philly is ready my blog?


    Thanks for stopping by, neighbor!

    Enjoy this nice long holiday weekend!

    Happy 4th to you and your family!


  39. i can't stand men who spit on the ground and any lady that spits isn't a lady. okay there might be a time when you have more cold in your mouth that saliva, you get a pass...just don't make it a practice.

  40. Hi Valerie


    I couldn't have said it any better!

    Thanks for adding your thoughts, Val!


  41. want to know something really gross? I work in Public Health, so we get all the nasty P.H. stats, and our lovely town has one of the highest rates of tuberculosis in the entire free world. Those really giant dinnerplate-sized loogies?

    TB expulsions.

    Watch your step!

  42. Hi Lora! that I know you live in Philly, I know YOU can understand what I'm talking about when referring to the copious amounts of loogies you see on the streets here!

    OMG...they're EVERYWHERE!!!

    And summertime is the worst!

    Thanks for warning me about our high TB rate.

    *watching my step.