Turn Your Head and Cough
A Stock Phrase
and Stock Joke
involving the medical community. This usually involves a doctor or physician examining a male patient's testicular region and instructing the patient to cough, turning his head so as to avoid the patient coughing on the doctor. The intended purpose of this part of a medical exam is to check if the patient has a hernia.
More humorously, however, doctors in fiction who get to this part of a physical exam may be revealed to not actually be doing this for any medical reason, thus revealing the doc as a perverted sexual deviant. Inversely, the person may be a perverted sexual deviant posing as a doctor just to feel someone's balls.
Often heard uttered during a Creepy Physical
- In íThree Amigos!, the final part of the titular group's salute involves them turning their heads and coughing, simultaneous with a forward hip thrust.
- In "Weird Al" Yankovic's song "Living With A Hernia," the narrator goes to see his physician, Dr. Jones, who we are told takes off the narrator's pants and tells him to cough. Justified, of course, because he's seeing the doctor about his hernia.
- Lyrics in the chorus of the Barenaked Ladies song "Get In Line" are very reflective of things heard during physical exams, including the phrase "turn and cough."
- The song "Every OS Sucks" by Three Dead Trolls in a Baggie:
Well Stevie said to Xerox,
"Boys, turn your heads and cough."
And when no-one was looking,
He ripped their interfaces off.
- Alice Cooper's song "Nurse Rozetta" includes the line, "She turns my head, makes me cough."
- The phrase was the working title of Blink-182's album Enema of the State.
- One of Bill Engvall's routines describes him taking his son to the doctor for a sports physical, during which the kid receives his first hernia check, which the child later declares "weird".
- In The Hardy Boys and the Mystery of Where Babies Come From, Nurse Ratched subjects the Hardy Boys to this part of a physical examination for two straight hours.
- In Team Fortress 2, the Medic may say this when holding a melee weapon, looking at an enemy player, and choosing the "battle cry" speech.
- For the Starcraft medic, this phrase is one of her "annoyed" lines.
- One of the Nurse's lines upon talking to her in Terraria.
- In an early Arthur, King of Time and Space strip, Arthur suggests to Guenevere during his physical that if she's going to be the ship's doctor, she should work on her beside manner. Her reply is "I'm very friendly. Cough."
- In The Saga of Tuck the main character's family doctor has been skipping this point on standard physicals as being needlessly embarrassing. Turns out that, as embarrassing as it may have been, for Tuck it certainly wasn't needless, and if it had been done then half the plot would have been averted.
- In the Rocko's Modern Life short "Skid Marks," the doctor performing Rocko's eye exam at the DMV at one point holds Rocko's eyeballs and instructs him to cough.
- In another episode "Flu-In-U-Enza" Rocko visits a "doctor" who asks him to do this several times, and he actually reaches between Rocko's legs for this "procedure".
- On Metalocalypse, Murderface once became "stimulated" when he reached this point of a medical exam. This was rather unfortunate for the doctor.
- In Shrek, when Donkey learns that Shrek has been hit by an arrow, Donkey panics at the thought of Shrek dying from it and shouts irrelevant medical advice, including "keep your feet elevated," a plea for somebody to perform the Heimlich Maneuver, and (of course) "turn your head and cough."
- Invoked in The Penguins of Madagascar, "Needle Point".
Skipper: Just a routine visit to the doctor. Turn and cough, boys. Turn and cough.
- Robot Chicken: "Okay, turn your head and cough... It's just as I had suspected; you let a stranger grab your balls."
- In The Simpsons Springfield has a hair salon named "Turn Your Head And Coif".
- In "Brother Could You Spare Two Dimes?" Homer has a physical at work and Marge asks how it went.
Homer: Oh, the usual. Stand in front of this, open that, pull down this, bend over, spread apart that, turn your head that way, cough.
- On Ultimate Spider-Man, as Spidey and his ragtag team descend on Latveria to take down Doctor Doom, he describes him as not being a real "turn your head and cough" doctor.