From the Top Of Mount Wanna-Hock-a-Loogie
In 2003 Disney Pixar released a family favorite in Finding Nemo. The story centered around a young clown fish captured by divers and his father’s quest to find his son and return him to the reef. Portions of the movie were centered around an aquarium inside a dentist office in Sidney Australia. At one point in the scene, a reference is made to the large volcano centered inside the Aquarium named Mount Wanna-hock-a-loogie . This tongue in cheek embedded humor offered a bit of unspoken comic release to the viewers though many would be hesitant to comment on.
But, why is that?, is it because we have been told for so many years, Spitting is uncouth and poor manors, or is it the mental image of the spit lying on the sidewalk? How often have you been feeling below par and suffered from from irritation to the mucus membrane and the resulting phlegm buildup in the back of your throat?
The mere thought of it can be disgusting, and with Disney’s reference to Mount Wanna- hock-a-loogie in Finding Nemo, it can produce images of a mountain of phlegm. As nasty as that may sound, there are times for many of us feel we may well have at least that much, while suffering from a cold or respiratory disease.
Surprisingly in many towns and cities, it is still considered illegal to spit on a public roads, sidewalks, or pathway. But fortunately spittle is quickly dried up and disappears shortly after being spewed from the mouth. With the number of people suffering from allergies and colds, people try to rid their selves of the phlegm by spitting it out on the ground, and clearing their throat, often leaving the residue lying on the ground, road or sidewalk for unsuspecting individuals to step in. Although many people find spitting a huge turn-off, doctors have for years told patients to get rid of the phlegm by spitting it out either into a tissue or some sort of receptacle to prevent us from digesting the infectious particles.
Colds and respiratory problems are terribly uncomfortable, and the constant build-up of phlegm makes it even more difficult to bear. But as long as humans are living on this planet and dealing with pollens, allergies, and respiratory problems, we will have to deal with phlegm. So as you strive to reach the top of Mount Wanna-hock-a-Loogie, be careful to watch where you spit, and try not to get any on your shoes.