Created By: GuesssWho on August 18, 2011 Last Edited By: GuesssWho on August 21, 2011

Bread Squick Milk Sqiuck

When horrible things are mixed with innocuous things

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There was a note under the door from my landlady. It said that I owed her for two week's rent. It said that all the answers were in the Book of Revelations. It said that I made a lot of noise coming home in the early hours of this morning, and she'd thank me to be quieter in future. It said that when the Elder Gods rose up from the ocean, all the scum of the Earth, all the non-believers, all the human garbage and the wastrels and deadbeats would be swept away, and the world would be cleansed by ice and deep water. It said that she felt she ought to remind me that she had assigned me a shelf in the refrigerator when I arrived and she'd thank me if in the future I'd keep to it.
"Only the End of the World Again," by Neil Gaiman

Sometimes you have a list of things where the last thing is unexpectedly horrifying. Sometimes the last thing is unusually boring. This is when horrible things are included with boring things as if there isn't a difference.

  • From Scrubs:
    JD: You've had a tough day at the office, so you come home, make yourself some dinner, smother your kids, pop in a movie, maybe have a drink. It's fun, right? Wrong. Don't smother your kids.'
  • Seen on a receipt for Toys R Us: "Save all receipts. Staten Island, NY. Watch out for pedofiles (sic). A dated receipt is required for all returns and exchanges."
  • In King's Quest II+, Ma Pumpkin's description of Hagatha: "You know her type... green warts, pointed ears, cannibalistic, doesn't put her trash out."
  • In PPC, the Video Game Division once charged a bad Parody Stu with "deliberately poor writing, wanton cruelty to punctuation, violation of the laws of physics, violating the laws of chemistry, violating the laws of biology, being ridiculously over-powered, misusing Hammerspace, creating minis, abuse of the word ‘chopper,’ annoying PPC agents, and being an abomination against nature due to being a sandwich that walks like a man." What.
  • From Futurama:
    Brannigan: Perhaps I could paint a fence, or service you sexually, or mop the floor.
    Leela: You don't know how to do any of those things.
  • The Wikipedia article on African Currency has this line to start off the second paragraph: "In pre-colonial times African currency included shells, ingots, arrowheads, iron, human beings, salt, cattle, goats, blankets, axes, beads, and many others." What doesn't belong?
  • The Other Wiki also brings yet another example on the page about Strathclyde Park in Motherwell: "Strathclyde Park contains many sports and leisure facilities and also has sites for bird-watchers, doggers and anglers." (For those who aren't unaware, "dogging" is British slang for 'having sex in public' or 'observing people having sex in public'.)

Up for Grabs. We may have to do some 'weeding out' of Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick and Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking and put the inbetweens here.
Community Feedback Replies: 8
  • August 19, 2011
    Terrible, terrible Snow Clone.

    I'm not so sure this needs to be split from Bread Milk Squick. Same concept, just a variation.
  • August 19, 2011
    We have both Bread Eggs Milk Squick and Arson Murder And Jaywalking even though they're just each other inverted, so why not?
  • August 19, 2011
    If there were enough examples of this variation the distinction might be worthy of its on page, but without any examples at the moment it may be Too Rare To Split. I can't think of any off the top of my head, but the description does seem like it has the potential to be Tropeable.
  • August 19, 2011
    I agree with Discovery, at the moment this is Too Rare To Split.
  • August 19, 2011
    Let me look through Bread Eggs Milk Squick and Arson Murder And Jaywalking, I'll find some.
  • August 21, 2011
    And I found those just looking through Bread Eggs Milk Squick.
  • August 21, 2011
    This seems The Same But The Same to me.
  • August 21, 2011
    I asked about very nearly this on Lost And Found not so long ago (I can't figure out how to get a link to a specific Lost And Found entry - search for "recipe"):

    > What's the trope for when you have either an ingredients list or a recipe for some sort of food, and it starts off sounding reasonable but about halfway down it starts including things you really don't want in your food, e.g. red fuming nitric acid? Examples include the grog recipe from The Secret Of Monkey Island, the cake recipe from Portal, and the hot sauce recipe from The Diamond Age. I'm sure we have this, but it's not Unfortunate Ingredients and nothing else on Food Tropes seems to be it either.

    Suggestions were Bread Eggs Milk Squick and Alien Lunch, neither of which feels quite right to me (but I might be a splitter). This is what I said about the former:

    > Kinda, but not really; that's about the reaction to the unexpected last thing on the list, and most of the examples are not recipes. All three of the examples above get no reaction from characters; it's the audience who's expected to go "wait, what?" while the narration breezes cheerfully on. And it's usually not just the last thing on the list, either.