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From the Top Of Mount Wanna-Hock-a-Loogie

Updated on April 15, 2013

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.



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    • must65gt profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      @Ardie I found out about the spitting on public sidewalks and pathways from a 94 yr old man I interviewed for a college asighnment, and yes in most citys and townships the law is still on the books. but it reads Board Sidewalks and pathways. thanks for your comment.

      @Aevans, I know that as disgiusting as it might seem, "hocking a loogie" is recomended medical practice. Like you, my mother and sister are RN's and My sister is an EMT. The origin of the expression "Hock a Loogie" is not very clear but it may have originated from the words “lung booger” which denotes the thick mucous membrane lining the lungs and expelled forcefully through the nose or throat. We must have a digusting society, but please be careful when and where you thanks for reading and you comment

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      6 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

      Truth be told and the answer to that is yes, we should cough up or phlegm or as you put it Hock-A-Loogie! lololo! Thumbs up and shared!

    • Ardie profile image


      6 years ago from Neverland

      Hahah You're so full of facts that I never knew! Is it really illegal to spit in public in some states? I had NO idea. (Not that it matters since I dont spit.)


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