Thursday Thirteen #18 : Book Cooties and Mysterious Stains


Thursday Thirteen: Mysterious Stained Books.

I got this idea from reading Mimzie’s Musings, the post “The Public Library Gave me Ebola”. Here are thirteen things that could be staining, polluting and possibly infecting the pages of a borrowed or second hand book. Not meant to discourage anyone from getting library books or shopping at the thrift and second hand stores. I shop second hand myself. Cooties or not, it’s the best way to find older books from writers you like.

1. Ketchup. If you make real ketchup it is not that bright red like a clown nose. I can see someone munching away while reading and having a french fry try to escape into the book.

2. Hair colour. Mine was hair colour. I took a photo of it cause Mimzie has photos of her infected books in her blog post.

3. Lipstick. Not sure I’d like a book quite enough to kiss it but you never know.

4. Insects. They know they are going to outlast us and now they want to make sure they can read too.

5. Blood. Most likely from a paper cut. You know, when good books attack.

6. Blood. Nosebleed. Reading too fast.

7. The remains of a really good latte or some other coffee type of drink. I’ve had it happen. You just put your cup down in the wrong spot and suddenly there’s a dash of the good stuff spilled or dribbled out over the side of your cup and onto something else.

8. Spaghetti sauce flicks. You know what it’s like when you start sucking up those long noodles. Just like tiny alien spaceships setting out to explore the world. They seem to get all over the place.

9. Glue. Someone was working on a cut and paste or other kind of art project and used the book to weigh something down. Left a smudge of glue squished out and onto the book itself.

10. Paint. Just a trick to fool people into thinking the book is diseased.

11. Strands of hair. Its’ not just in your soup any more.

12. Dust, it’s everywhere else did you really think your book could escape? They can’t even run very fast.

13. Ink. Plenty of times I have seen pen ink accidentally or purposely written in a book. Not just those Canadians writing notes about desperately trying to get away from the snow either.

7 thoughts on “Thursday Thirteen #18 : Book Cooties and Mysterious Stains”

  1. Your list missed out ‘soap bubbles from reading in the bath’ – one of the major reasons why quite a few of my books have dubious marks (although some are just from water splashes rather than soap).
    I’m guilty of food spots though. Smooshed chocolate crumbs especially…

  2. Soap bubbles is good too. I thought of dirt from the garden too, after I wrote my thirteen. My Mom would have dirt from the garden. She is always out there as soon as the weather gets clear enough.

  3. lol, I can’t even read this one! I sign out books from the library on a regular basis for the kids and I, I will never want to again if I read all of these! LOL

    BTW Devonian Gardens is going through some major changes right now! It’ll be interesting to see what they do with it.

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