Small children, the Cloudcuckoolander
and The Ditz
are prone to eating things that should not be eaten. Not necessarily a case of Extreme Omnivore
, as it may just be this one specific non-food item that the character consumes. Most common in this category are glue, crayons, soap, and bugs. If the child puts things in other facial orifices, it's a Nose Shove
- The Amalgam Universe Legion of Galactic Guardians features a character amalgamated from Paste-Pot Pete and Matter-Eater Lad. His powers, fortunately, remain a mystery.
- One of Grace's students in Bruce Almighty is constantly eating arts and crafts supplies. She comments that she expects him to poop an ornament any time now.
- Billy Madison sits next to a boy eating the glue in his first-grade class.
- Strong Sad from Homestar Runner used to eat colored chalk as a child. "I was sick for a year and almost diiied."
- The Ditz Monette in Something Positive comments, "Putting salted peanuts in Coke is a step up from eating crayons and even I stopped doing that a few years ago." (She's in her early twenties when she says this.)
- Cat from the webcomic Cat and Girl is known to eat paint.
- In Sluggy Freelance, Zoe does it here. "Pashe ish yummy!"
- In Homestuck, the Wayward Vagabond compulsively eats any green things he can find. Examples include two pieces of green chalk, a chunk of radioactive material, and the Uberbunny's eye.
- Terezi doesn't necessarily EAT chalk, but she licks them until they are no longer.
- Invoked in The Order of the Stick. Belkar threatens Myzaki's horse with being turned into paste, "The kind the weird kid in the back eats."
- Truth in Television to people who have pica, a mental disorder where people have an appetite for things which are non-nutritive or base ingredients which it is abnormal to consume, such as crayons, chalk, dirt, ice cubes, flour, pencils or salt.
- The show called My Strange Addiction sometimes deals with people who have this. They had interviewed people who eats glass, cigarette ashes, tissues, chalk, and other things...
- In a combination of insanity and poverty, Vincent van Gogh would at times nibble on his paint and drink turpentine, which probably didn't help his health\sanity. At one point he even had a suicide attempt trying to eat lead-heavy yellow oil paint.
- The basic wheat paste used by bookbinders is harmless enough to eat, since it's essentially flour and water. Keith A. Smith, when giving the recipe in his books on binding, notes you could add an egg and some vanilla extract and make a custard.note