Children and those operating on a childlike mental level will often push objects into their own noses and ears, often resulting in a hospital trip. The favored item seems to be crayons, though anything small enough to enter the openings in question can be used. Alternately, shoving items into other people's facial orifices in anger or for experimental purposes also occurs commonly, and is often used as a child-friendly variation on the Ass Shove. Also related to Nose Nuggets, and Orifice Invasion.
Anime and Manga
- Space Patrol Luluco: In Episode 10, when Luluco isn't waking up, Over Justice suggests that Midori try stuffing tissues up their nose.
- Happens several times in Garfield. The first time was when Jon had a camera shoved up his nose by Garfield and Odie, the second was when he had a rubber mouse shoved up his nose, and the third was when he got a miniature uniform shoved up his nose. Jon also mentions that in high school, he had a mad crush on the head cheerleader, which didn't end well: "Ever had a pom-pom shoved up your nose?"
- Two variations in Strangers in Paradise. The first is when Katchoo is harassed by a Dirty Cop, and puts him in what another character describes as a "bodacious nose lock", where she has him face-first on the ground, sitting on his back while pulling his nostrils back as hard as she can. The second is when we see David's past, and he deals with a Yakuza wannabe who is insulting him by jamming his fingers, palm-down, into the guy's nostrils and practically lifting him off his feet.
- A particularly grisly example occurs early in Preacher, courtesy of Jesse Custer. He starts a fight by shoving his fingers into a guy's nose, then "ripping them up and out through the sides''. The poor bastard's nose is practically destroyed.
- The Homestuck fanfic Hivefled includes Terezi trying to teach Dave to smell colours by sticking crayons up his nostrils.
- This kid AU of Steven Universe has Blue Pearl putting a green crayon up her nose, much to Pearl's disgust.
- In Harry Potter How Bong Bong got his name Angelina, disgusted at having half-chewed food spat on her, hexes Ron's mouth off. In an attempt to continue eating, he shoves a chicken leg up both nostrils.
- Pacific Rim; Hannibal Chau shoves a knifeblade up Newton Geiszler's nose.
- The same thing happens to Jake Gittes in Chinatown, only then Roman Polanski slashes the nostril open.
- In Toy Story 3, a toddler is shown sticking Mr. Potato Head's eyes up his nose.
- In Guardians of the Galaxy, after a large inmate threatens Peter, Rocket has Groot do this with his finger branches. Then they keep growing.
- A character has a spike shoved up his nose in Wrong Turn 4: Bloody Beginnings.
- A douche is rammed up a prostitute's nose in Hanger.
- In Total Recall (1990), Douglas Quaid has to shove the business end of a self-guiding pincer up his nose to extract the ball-shaped tracking bug that has been implanted in it.
- In When Evil Calls, an overachieving student—Driven to Suicide by the prospect of The B Grade—kills himself by inserting sharpened pencils up his nostrils and then slamming his face into his desk: driving the pencils into his brain.
- During the fight with the troll in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, Harry accidentally but usefully sticks his wand up the troll's nose.
- In Going Postal the dim-witted Smug Snake Crispin Horsefry doesn't know much about the game of Thud except that he got a piece stuck up his nose once when he was a kid.
- In The Talisman, the judge who sent Jack and Wolf to Sunlight Gardner's Orphanage of Fear commits suicide by stabbing himself in the brain through his nose.
- In Big Nate, Nate writes down that Chester offered a trade for this kid's sandwich. The kid declined, so Chester stuffed a hot dog up his nose.
Nate Wright: Did I mention that Chester's kind of a psycho?
- The Big Bang Theory: Sheldon Cooper recalls having a Mexican peso shoved up his nose by a schoolyard bully. To the best of his knowledge, it's still there.
- An episode of 30 Rock revolves around Tracy Jordan recovering his sense of smell after a ring he shoved into his nose as a child is finally removed. When he becomes emotionally overwhelmed by a scent that reminds him of his absentee father, though, he returns to the doctor and has a troll-head pencil topper shoved into his nostril in order to remove his sense of smell again.
- A pair of characters portrayed by Billy Crystal and Christopher Guest on Saturday Night Live would compare painful experiences incurred while jamming unthinkable objects into body orifices.
- The pilot episode of The X-Files has small, unidentifiable capsules recovered from the nasal cavities of apparent alien abduction victims.
- In the House episode "Mob Rules", a man repeatedly brings a toddler to the clinic because he keeps shoving stuff up to his nose. House eventually realizes that the toys (policeman, fireman, and fire truck) have something in common. He gets a strong magnet and gets out the first toy, a small metal cat. The kid was "sending in teams to save the cat".
- An episode of The Adventures of Pete & Pete showed little Pete shoving the miniature heads of US Presidents in his nostril, with one (Martin Van Buren) getting stuck.
- An episode of The Bill took place entirely in a police van full of bored uniformed officers, acting as backup for a protest march in case of a riot. One of the officers falls asleep and a female colleague pushes two pipe cleaners up his nose. Becomes a Brick Joke when a call goes out to the van; as everyone gears up for action, the officer concerned can be seen awake and glaring at the pipe cleaners.
- And now for something completely different! note A man with a tape recorder up his nose!
- And a man with a tape recorder up his brother's nose!
- In the "Alien Abductions" episode of Penn & Teller: Bullshit!, the two show a silver-painted dildo to an "abductee," who states that the aliens inserted a similar device into her sinus cavity.
- Similarly, an episode of The Colbert Report has an abductee stating that the aliens probed his nose (Colbert was desperately trying to get him to shut up until he said it, too).
- Some of the idiots featured on World's Dumbest... have filmed themselves shoving various objects up their noses, sometimes to set some kind of record. And then Danny Bonaduce has to try it for himself.
- Played with in an episode of Are You Being Served?. Mrs Slocombe is annoyed by Captain Peacock's wagging his finger at her. She complains to Mr Rumbold that "Captain Peacock's wiggling finger got right up my nose!" As usual, Mr Rumbold takes things literally and admonishes Captain Peacock not to put his finger in Mrs Slocombe's nose.
- In the "Weird Al" Yankovic song "I'll Sue Ya," the singer files a Frivolous Lawsuit against Duracell after shoving one of their batteries up his nose.
- In "Fish Fight Song" by Da Yoopers, the female lead threatens to shove the husband's fishing worms up his nose if he shrugs off his duties as a father in favor of fishing again. She then implies an Ass Shove with the spoken line "Somewhere else, too".
- The Cheech and Chong comedy sketch "Up His Nose" from the album Los Cochinos has a father bring his son named Jaime to the doctor because he's been shoving lots of things up his nose — including bullets. The doctor tries to extract them with a pair of pliers, but ultimately decides on just using a hammer, and the bullets explode, supposedly also taking the boy's face with it. All the father could do at that point is rejoice and tell the doctor to "keep the change".
- "Never Say No" from The Fantasticks:
Why did the kids put beans in their ears?
No one can hear with beans in their ears.
After a while the reason appears.
They did it cause we said no.
- According to the Team Fortress 2 blog, somebody on the development team shoved an M&M up their nose. (The picture that went with the blog was an angry Medic using a pointer to indicate said M&M on a head x-ray.)
- As seen by the quote, in Quest for Glory I you can die when attempting to pick your nose if your lockpicking skill is too low.
- Kevin & Kell: Rudy gets Lindesfarne's electronic diary shoved up his nose as punishment when she catches him trying to read it.
Fiona (by phone): "Please tell me it's at least one of the new small ones."Lindesfarne: "It's not."
- SCP Foundation: SCP-108 is a woman with a portal to a disused Nazi bunker in her nose.
- Binder of Shame: For reasons he never adequately explains, Blobert Smith once plays a character who "deals with his post-traumatic stress syndrome by putting porridge up his nose on moonlit nights".
- Jeffy from SuperMarioLogan has a pencil shoved up his nose. The reason why he shoved it in there was because he thought it was what his nostrils were for. In "Smart Jeffy", the pencil gets lodged in his brain, suddenly making him smart.
- RWBY Chibi once adapted a Dumb_RWBY comic where Ruby asks Weiss "want to see me eat a cookie through my nose?"
- The Simpsons
- One episode blamed Homer's reduced IQ on him sneezing when he had many crayons into his nose, which left one of them inside his brain. Removing it makes him smarter but alienates Homer from society, leading him to ask Moe to shove another with a hammer and chisel ("the ol' Crayola oblongata").
- In another episode, Bart whacks Ralph on the head, causing coins and milk to fall from his nose. "My milk money!... And my milk!" Ralph has also played the flute by sticking it up his nose.
- The Gravity Falls short "Mailbox" involves a videotape of Mabel shoving gummy worms up her nose.
- Home Movies - when baby Josie sticks marbles up her nose, Brendon makes a video warning about putting marbles up your nose, but it backfires in a Do Not Do This Cool Thing way.
- Chris from Family Guy once shoved a toy up his nose. It poked his brain and he claimed that he forgot math as a result.
- The Bakshi Mighty Mouse episode "Don't Touch That Dial" has an air traffic controller eating krinkle cut French fries, when he passes one through his nose when the Cow (in a rare HeelFace Turn moment) flies by.
- Truth in Television in the case of young children.
- Sideshow geeks sometimes hammer a nail into their nose, with little to no adverse effects because there's a sinus back there the average person doesn't know about. Sylvester McCoy used it routinely prior to becoming the seventh Doctor.
- This is the second most common method of securing an open airway on a patient being transported by EMTs to the hospital, called a nasopharyngeal airway or NPA, after an oropharyngeal airway or OPA where it instead goes through the mouth. An NPA is generally only used when a patient cannot or will not let you use an OPA, and while the experience is pretty unpleasant it doesn't trigger the gag reflex the way an OPA is likely to and also, you know, is intended to help save your life. The device is also sometimes called a "trumpet" due to it having a flared end to prevent it from getting lost in someone's nose, though almost every EMT has a story about it happening anyway despite this.