Created By: HiddenFacedMatt on March 21, 2012 Last Edited By: Arivne on July 23, 2014
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Disgusting By Association

Something is regarded as disgusting for where it\'s been and/or for where it\'s from.

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Who wants to eat something that eats worms anyway?
- Hobbes, from Calvin and Hobbes, after he and Calvin had given up on a fishing trip.

The Nausea Fuel counterpart to Guilt by Association, this refers to regarding something as disgusting for where it has been and/or where it comes from, sometimes in spite of logical/scientific reasons why this shouldn't make it disgusting.

EDIT: Bumping after a couple months to see how this fares now...


Examples

Literature
  • Subverted in C. S. Lewis' first post-conversion novel, The Pilgrim's Regress. The hero, John, is captive and his jailer tries to associate milk and pee, and John calls him out on it.
  • Isaac Asimov
    • In Prelude to Foundation Hari Seldon visits a section of Trantor renowned for their food production (and their hostility to outsiders). He assumes that they use fertilizer - aka manure, i.e., shit - to grow their yeast crops, but not only is that not true, they think the very idea is disgusting.
    • In his short story Strikebreaker, the Ragusnik family operates the planet of Elsevere's waste processing facility, and over the generations, the Ragusniks have become a one-family caste of untouchables, forbidden all contact with the rest of the colony.

Newspaper Comics
  • Calvin and Hobbes has not only the above page quotation, but also Calvin pointing out how odd it is that humans drink cow milk.
    Who was the guy who first looked at a cow and said "I think I'll drink whatever comes out of these things when I squeeze 'em?"
  • Garfield
    • There was one strip where Jon and Garfield are at a diner when Irma the waitress serves up Jon's egg and says "Try not to think about where it came from." One of few times Garfield loses his appetite.
    • Another strip had Jon show Garfield where milk comes from. Garfield says "How interesting. I'll NEVER drink milk again!"
    • Another still had Jon telling Garfield wool comes from sheep. Garfield responded "If this is anything like that chicken/egg thing, I don't wanna know."

Western Animation

Real Life
  • In olden days Native Americans were disgusted by the European explorers/colonizers' propensity to drink animal milk. The Native Americans were of the opinion that animal milk is a form of excrement - they were basically drinking piss.
  • In many real-life cultures, it is rude to pick up anything with your left hand, most especially when eating or being given something. Why? Because custom dictates that that is the hand you wipe your ass with. This started as a hygenic precaution centuries ago, and persists despite ready access to soap, water, and toilet paper in the modern day.

Community Feedback Replies: 30
  • March 21, 2012
    pawsplay
    That's not squick, that's nausea or distaste.
  • March 21, 2012
    KTera
    • From Sonic Colors:
      Eggman: We know they look delicious, but please refrain from licking the rides. That would be disgusting. Do you know where those rides have been? People have been sitting on those rides! With their butts!
  • March 21, 2012
    Met
    There's the old question: Who was the first person to try eating an egg? After all, this is something that comes out of some bird's backside.
  • March 22, 2012
    TwinBird
    Front-bottom, really, as if that's much better.

    WC Fields' famous (NSFW) refusal to drink water.
  • March 22, 2012
    HeartOfAnAstronaut
    There's a human example in an episode of Arrested Development where GOB employs some women to advertise his frozen banana stand. Because of his sleaziness, Michael tells his son:

    "If I know your uncle they're at least strippers"

    (I don't know how to do cool quote formatting?)
  • March 22, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^^^^^ What's the difference?
  • March 22, 2012
    pawsplay
    Squick implies a sudden, internalized recoiling. All the examples so far are just the usual sort of "oh, yuck."
  • March 23, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    Title will be adjusted, then.
  • March 23, 2012
    cygnavamp
    On the topic of eggs, there was one Garfield comic where Jon and Garfield are at a diner when Irma the waitress serves up their scrambled eggs and says "Try not to think to hard about where they came from." One of few times Garfield loses his appetite.
  • March 26, 2012
    randomsurfer
    Real Life: In olden days Native Americans were disgusted by the European explorers/colonizers' propensity to drink animal milk. The Native Americans were of the opinion that animal milk is a form of excrement - they were basically drinking piss.
  • June 10, 2012
    TonyG
    ^^Another strip had Jon show Garfield where milk comes from. Garfield says "How interesting. I'll NEVER drink milk again!"
  • June 21, 2012
    Alvin
    Subverted in CS Lewis ' first post-conversion novel, The Pilgrims Regress. The hero, John, is captive and his jailer tries to associate milk and pee, and John calls him out on it.
  • June 22, 2012
    StevenT
    • The Simpsons: In "Homer Badman" after Homer is accused of touching the babysitter's butt...
      Bart: Why would anyone want to touch a girl's butt? That's where cooties come from!
  • June 22, 2012
    ShiningArmor87
    ^Also, in "The Haw-Hawed Couple", Nelson says he hates milk because it comes from cow wangs.
  • June 30, 2012
    ShiningArmor87
    Bump. Also, how come you changed the page quote? I think that The Simpsons quote described the idea of this better than the current Sonic Colors quote.
  • July 1, 2012
    ShiningArmor87
    Bump.
  • July 1, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^^ Quote is a verb. The noun is quotation.

    Anyway, looking back the one about vegetables growing in dirt (assuming that's the one you were referring to) isn't really an example. The reasoning is similar to the trope, but Homer's not using it to express disgust but to rationalize a false equivalence between what his doctor recommended and what he actually did.

    EDITED IN: In hindsight, the Sonic Colors one is not really an example either; that people have been sitting on the rides would probably be a good reason not to lick them, seeing as how germs could have gotten on the rides from the pants or trunks or whatever people were wearing. (I have yet to play the game.) I will switch to the Garfield quotation instead.
  • July 7, 2012
    ShiningArmor87
    Yet another Garfield strip (viewable here) had Jon telling Garfield wool comes from sheep. Garfield responded "If this is anything like that chicken/egg thing, I don't wanna know."

    Also, for reference, here are the other two Garfield strips:

    Egg strip

    Milk strip
  • July 8, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    I decided to use the egg strip for the page image and shift Hobbes' remark to the page quotation.
  • July 8, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In Prelude to Foundation Hari Seldon visits a section of Trantor renowned for their food production (and their hostility to outsiders). He assumes that they use fertilizer - aka manure, i.e., shit - to grow their yeast crops, but not only is that not true, they think the very idea is disgusting.
  • July 10, 2012
    Duncan
    Another Asimov example, in his short story Strikebreaker, The Ragusnik family operates the planet of Elsevere's waste processing facility, and over the generations, the Ragusniks have become a one-family caste of untouchables, forbidden all contact with the rest of the colony.
  • July 10, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ "Another" Asimov example? What other "Asimov" example are you referring to?
  • July 10, 2012
    randomsurfer
    ^ Prelude to Foundation
  • July 11, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ Got it, thanks.
  • July 14, 2012
    elwoz
    In any number of real-life cultures, it is rude to pick up anything with your left hand, most especially when eating or being given something. Why? Because custom dictates that that is the hand you wipe your ass with. This started as a hygenic precaution centuries ago, and persists despite ready access to soap, water, and toilet paper in the modern day.
  • July 18, 2012
    HiddenFacedMatt
    ^ Added.
  • July 22, 2014
    Hero_Gal_2347
    Bump.
  • July 22, 2014
    DAN004
    Fix the examples section plz.
  • July 22, 2014
    AP
    • In How I Met Your Mother, Barney tries to sell his very nice, New York apartment. Everyone is interested until they realize how much of pervert Barney is. Even the couple who eventually take it, decide to demolish it at first.
  • July 23, 2014
    Arivne
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