Eating is a real pleasure, for the most part. But bad things do happen, as anyone who's ever had a Dorito tip rammed beneath their gum line can attest. There are a number of terrible sensations that arise while eating food that most everyone relates to - and despises. Cast your vote now to determine the absolute worst.
Turns out I'm not the only one who has experienced "spinach teeth" and "mango mouth." Google these irritating phenomena and you'll find scientific explanations for each. When chewing spinach, oxalate crystals are released and coat your teeth, creating a sensation most people simply describe as "funny." Mangos contain urushiol, the same substance in poison ivy that makes you itch. For people with an allergy, eating mango doesn't just make their mouths "feel weird," it gives them a severe rash, sometimes with blisters.
Other top eating annoyances and food pet peeves occur when food is too hot or too cold. The instant headache you get from eating a popsicle too fast can be debilitating. Cold sensitivity on your teeth is a painful, icky feeling. When the roof of your mouth is burned by pizza, causing a thin, little piece of skin to hang down, it can ruin your entire day.
It's emotional stuff, these eating pet peeves. Are you livid when you swallow a hair? Does it piss you off when your throat is burned by coffee or tea? When this stuff happens at restaurants, some people have gotten so mad about it they've sued. Possibly the worst cases are when there's no one to blame but yourself: you're chowing down mindlessly and you bite your lip or your tongue. You have to admit that sucks.
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Cold sensitivity on teeth
Pizza burns roof of mouth, skin hangs down
Dorito tip lodged under gum
Alaina Hillman added Food goes down wrong hole When you're eating or drinking something, and some of it goes down the wrong hole and you start choking like crazy.
CarlinBerry added Swallowing a chip sideways getting your throat shanked all the way down by a pointy sideways chip sucks balls!!!
Swallowed hair stuck in throat
Throat scalded by hot tea or coffee
Popsicle brain freeze
Cross-biting and your teeth squeak
Inhaling skin of popcorn kernel
Eating immediately after brushing your teeth
Biting stray tinfoil (maybe from a burrito)
Brian Gilmore added Biting full force into a fork because the food is soft This can happen if you've mis-forked your salad or if the food you've picked up falls off your fork. Or if you eat like a caveman, like I do.
Biting into gristle
Danielle Dauenhauer added Beef jerky stuck in teeth
Ben TEN TEN added A Sudden Nasty Taste
RandiValentine added Biting into an eggshell
Raspberry seed stuck between your teeth
Pang from super sour food
BHinz added Biting your cheek
BHinz added Cold spots in your food
Alaina Hillman added Biting Your Finger
Swallowing a gnat
Brandon Econ added Chewing on gum with nuts in your teeth
Lauren Slocum added Somehow stabbing your gums with a fork
Chewing on lettuce and feeling grit
Christina Maria Pellicane added Getting a Canker Sore from Jabbing Your Gums With Your Tooth Brush.
MadMar added Chewing fried clams and getting sand
Sweating below your eyes from crazy spicy food
Snarfing This is when you laugh so hard your drink comes out your nose.
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