to be hunting for that mythical MN beast...

(142 Posts)
Thurlow Sun 31-Mar-13 19:25:44

the poster who has never discovered something seemingly random that they do which is considered judge-worthy or terrible by another poster?

Leaving aside the traditional topics for conflict - breastfeeding not enough/too long, co-sleeping/controlled crying, formula - which people have very strong opinions about, the amount of stuff I've stumbled across where someone (or more enlighteningly, lots of posters) which is considered weird or just plain wrong by other posters is amazing.

Clothes (not babygrows) on babies. Not washing you towels regularly enough or washing them too often. Bottles for babies over 1. Not washing your baby's clothes before they wear them (that was a spectacular bunfight!). Forward-facing pushchairs. Playpens. Pureed weaning. Wearing shoes in someone's house. Owning a toilet brush.

Is there anyone out there who has yet to come across an odd thread that hugely judges something they do?

<Disclaimer - looking for a bit of light-hearted diversion from the Easter family 'fun'>

HotCrossPun Sun 31-Mar-13 19:33:15

Dipping bread in your soup in a restaurant.

It's really bad manners apparently.

Ordering a starter in a restaurant is also poor form, so I hear grin

Pilfette Sun 31-Mar-13 19:36:43

Using a loo brush, rather than some disposable contraption.

Thurlow Sun 31-Mar-13 19:36:54

I saw both of those over the past few days. I didn't dare open them grin I'm still recovering from the thread that said people who didn't wash their babies clothes were TERRIBLE parents...

flippinada Sun 31-Mar-13 19:37:48

The one which has always stuck with me is whether to rinse your dishes in hot water or not after washing them.

Angry, epic thread.

Whether or not to wear pants over your tights to hold them up split opinion like nothing else!

littlemissbunny Sun 31-Mar-13 19:40:21

Whaaaat, shock you mean MN threads aren't all about cute fluffy bunnies and cute kitties and puppies etc grin

And let's not forget, knowing people on here immediately puts you in a gang, renders you sheep-like and makes you a mean girl grin

ArteggsMonkey Sun 31-Mar-13 19:40:36

Ha ha grin

I discovered. I was a chav and common etc etc because of putting a little bit of dd's hair up in a bobble when she was my hairy pfb baby and I was worried about her taking slides out and choking on them.

wrongsideoftheroad Sun 31-Mar-13 19:40:44

someone got really quite cross and aerated about slankets once and ranted about why anyone would ever lie around ona sofa under blanket unless they were ill

<tucks in slanket and rearranges self on sofa>

And having a YUGE TV means you have no taste grin
( looks lovingly at YUGE TV)

Thurlow Sun 31-Mar-13 19:44:04

See, I'd come to terms with all the obvious ones within a few months of being on MN. Formula feeding, never co-sleeping, starting smoking a little again, using jars instead of pouches to supplement weaning... I embraced the fact that despite two degrees I was an absolute chav, and common as much.

But soup? Washing? Not rinsing dishes in the correct order?! wink

flippinada Sun 31-Mar-13 19:49:45

I don't understand the peculiar obsession some people have with supermarkets.

It's a supermarket. You buy food in it.

YellowandGreenandRedandBlue Sun 31-Mar-13 19:55:38

I discovered that we basically have no pride in housework at all. I knew we were not the most motivated but hadnt realised how badly we compare. Every other thread on Good Housekeeping gets read out to DH 'do you think we should do this?' answer 'nah, we've got by ok without bothering so far'.

I don't know where they find the time to do it all!

Thurlow Sun 31-Mar-13 19:55:54

What obsession with supermarkets? Have I missed something?

complexnumber Sun 31-Mar-13 20:11:26

Are you after the beast with two backs?

whokilleddannylatimer Sun 31-Mar-13 20:12:06

Thurlow didnt you know you have to shop at Waitrose or Ocado (or whatever its called) and Asda is for chavs?

Thurlow Sun 31-Mar-13 20:13:15

Ah. Where does Sainsburys sit on the sliding scale?

LaQueen Sun 31-Mar-13 20:14:00

[pretends she doesn't know KS and looks determindly in t'other direction...]

Better than Tesco, worse than M&S grin

Salmotrutta Sun 31-Mar-13 20:23:35

There also the "How often do you change your sheets/towels/dishcloth?" Topic.

That always gets judgy.

flippinada Sun 31-Mar-13 20:24:46

I've been on MN for far too long and have noticed that what supermarket you shop at secretly indicates what class you belong to and what sort of person you are.

Salmotrutta Sun 31-Mar-13 20:24:55

Or whether or not you put your stirrups/loo brush/potty/cat dish/dog dish in the dishwasher...

LaQueen Sun 31-Mar-13 20:25:18

Oh God, I've been on more of those 'How often do you change your sheets' then I care to remember.

And, of course GOML always wins, because she changes hers every day shock

catgirl1976 Sun 31-Mar-13 20:25:26

Am worried.

I am meant to wash DSs clothes before he has worn them? But why?

Also, starters are the best part of a meal. You can keep your pudding. I don't want it. I do want a starter though. Generally more than one of them.

Salmotrutta Sun 31-Mar-13 20:26:15

But we live in a very rural area - we'd have to drive about 80 miles to get to a Waitrose!!


Salmotrutta Sun 31-Mar-13 20:27:12

I lurk on the sheets threads... and judge secretly.

I have a spreadsheet.

Thurlow Sun 31-Mar-13 20:27:27

Yes, catgirl, all clothes should be washed before children wear them because of the evil toxins and chemicals in them. Particularly newborn clothes - even though you don't know what size your baby is going to be and might need to return them. Anyone who doesn't do this doesn't care for their baby at all. In fact, I think the actual phrase used was considerable stronger than that...

I have a very selective memory for these things, so I remember all the threads where people agree with me or validate my parenting choices, and conveniently forget the ones where they don't.

LaQueen Sun 31-Mar-13 20:28:04

Oh, and that spending £45 on a tin of F&B paint, makes you an over-entitled, materialistic twunt, who is out of touch with reality and suffering from The Emperor's New Clothes syndrome...

Which is fair enough...but, I don't care...I luff my paint finishes, I does [strokes walls lovingly]

Salmotrutta Sun 31-Mar-13 20:28:42

I'm tempted to start a "How often do you change your pants?" Thread.

See what that throws up.

I love GOML, she makes my towel obsession almost feel normal smile

LaQueen Sun 31-Mar-13 20:28:50

15 minutes and this threads gonna go ape-shit-buggery, by the way...just saying, like hmm

LaQueen Sun 31-Mar-13 20:30:34

KS the luffly Bathsheba changes her towels twice a day, as I you feel positively scummy now?

Brace yourself, Bunty grin
I really must make a start on the kitchen ( hides Matchstick paint behind back )

Salmotrutta Sun 31-Mar-13 20:31:08

Why will it go ape-shit? shock will frothy types come on and goad?

The daily bunfighty has been and gone.

It was odd and funny and a bit weird.

OzmaofOz Sun 31-Mar-13 20:31:09

It's bad form to order a starter ? For the love of God, why ?

Because you make the main coursers wait for their meal, or something .....

Salmotrutta Sun 31-Mar-13 20:32:41

Because it makes you selfish of course Oz!


Towels are boil washed after single use here LeQ.
I know it's not normal. Sometimes I bleach them too......

LaQueen Sun 31-Mar-13 20:33:52

[assumes Brace Position...]

OzmaofOz Sun 31-Mar-13 20:34:01

Ah, right. Surely if they were that hungry the would have a starter too......confused

littlemissbunny Sun 31-Mar-13 20:34:51

Oooh do it Salmotrutta I would go on and say once a week just for the reaction grin

LaQueen Sun 31-Mar-13 20:35:11

Oh KS you really need to meet the luffly Bathsheba I have stayed in some fancy hotels in my time, but I have never, ever been provided with so many huge, white, fluffy towels as I am when I stayed with her smile

Arf at Salmo and the sheet spreadsheet grin

I haven't forgotten the Fred on which I learned it was non-U to say "pardon?" when you mishear someone. The polite thing to do is bark "WHAT" apparently confused

Salmotrutta Sun 31-Mar-13 20:35:46

I might.

But it may not end well?


flippinada Sun 31-Mar-13 20:35:53

If you wash your dishes by hand and don't instantly rinse them in scalding water, apparently you are going to KILL ALL THE CHILDREN because POISON.

I'm willing to say I go commando. ( like hell I do, frozen fanjo a distinct possibility in these parts)

EasilyBored Sun 31-Mar-13 20:36:24

A thread about how and how often you wash your toddler's toys. I was a bit confused as apart from wiping off obvious food/dirt/slobber with a wetwipe when I notice I have never washed anything that hasn't been licked by the cat.

littlemissbunny Sun 31-Mar-13 20:36:35

Ahhhhhh go on, you know you want to!

I may have had a tiny orgasm over the thought of the towels of Bathsheba grin

Also, I'm sure the soup business is bullocks. Nobody was able to explain WHY you ALWAYS get breast with soup if you aren't supposed to dunk it. Someone suggested you're supposed to spoon it onto the bread and eat it that way, which is like a slow clumsy reverse dunk if you ask me...

foxache Sun 31-Mar-13 20:37:20

I was convinced earlier we were gearing up for a super Easter bunfight this evening, everyone seemed ready.

I could maybe start an aibu about lateness, that seems to get everyone going.
Aibu that me and my 5 toddlers have to climb a mountain and forge a river every morning and arrive at school 3 minutes after the bell?

threesypeesy Sun 31-Mar-13 20:37:22

Asda is for chavs shock

I shop there as it's the closest supermarket, and its frequented by footballers and such that live in houses worth millions.

Some of the judging drives me insane especially if you spoil your child your making up for a broken home and don't bring them up in a stable loving home confused
Or everything you buy is tat regardless of price confused

Salmotrutta Sun 31-Mar-13 20:37:46

You could start it littlemissbunny.

I dare you.

MooMooSkit Sun 31-Mar-13 20:38:15

I never ever knew I was being rude if I wanted a starter and no one else did, thanks to mumsnet, I now know I am a rude selfish piggy twat.

Mermaid, your typos are ace grin

Iteotwawki Sun 31-Mar-13 20:38:28

You're meant to wash towels?

Since when? I'm clean when I use them, they dry out draped over a door ready for subsequent use.

catgirl1976 Sun 31-Mar-13 20:38:28

I always check if other people are having a starter

You get a general consensus don't you? "Are we doing starters or just going straight for mains?". Then, if it's just you wanting a started you don't (whilst hating everyone secretly) and if everyone else does you can go ahead.

That's ok isn't it?

Don't take away my starters.

Note, I care far more about this issue than if people think I am a neglectful mother because DS wears clothers straight off the hanger grin

LaQueen Sun 31-Mar-13 20:38:32

Sal I'm not entirely sure, I no longer know who is the Goader and the Goadee, anymore...and I'm not sure whether we can/can't joke on threads?

All I know is that I'm contractually banned from using the word beige and, I'm left with a residual feeling of impending doom.

[resumes Brace Position]

Salmotrutta Sun 31-Mar-13 20:39:03

Breast with Soup?


You is funny Mermaid grin

littlemissbunny Sun 31-Mar-13 20:39:36

Salmotrutta I double dare you grin

LaQueen Sun 31-Mar-13 20:40:09

"Nobody was able to explain WHY you ALWAYS get breast with soup if you aren't supposed to dunk it."

Mermaid DH would like to know which restaurant that is?

Salmotrutta Sun 31-Mar-13 20:40:11

psst - BEIGE!!!

<runs away>

Thurlow Sun 31-Mar-13 20:41:09

I don't think I have ever cleaned my toddler's toys unless there was crusty food on it. Oh dear.

I got a slating the other day for admitting I wore headphones when pushing my front-facing, non-speaking yet, world-watching DD to the shop. That was a bit of an eye opener.

I do wish someone would start a real bunfight tonight though. I'm bored and everyone is in bed.

NaturalBaby Sun 31-Mar-13 20:41:32

Using the dishwashing sponge/cloth to wipe kitchen surfaces is a crime apparently. I wipe my dc's face with it but haven't dared admit it on one of those threads.

"Soup business is bullocks"

It's me!!! I'm the goadiest goadmeister on MN. Just look at my past posts if you don't believe me (well, those few that haven't been deleted).

whosiwhatsit Sun 31-Mar-13 20:42:46

If we are now supposed to dunk our breasts in the soup in restaurants can it at least be one of those cold soups, please, lake gazpacho?

LaQueen Sun 31-Mar-13 20:42:57

[opens eyes very wide...assumes best innocent expression...points at self and mouths '' in the direction of MNHQ...]

Salmotrutta Sun 31-Mar-13 20:43:01


PANTS thread started.

I wish I hadn't.

I bet it gets flamed.

Why did you make me littlemiss?? Why?

Lte, I have just been a teeny bit sick over your towel drying system grin

LaQueen Sun 31-Mar-13 20:44:11

"If we are now supposed to dunk our breasts in the soup in restaurants can it at least be one of those cold soups, please, lake gazpacho?"

Feck Whois how big are your breasts shock

Thurlow Sun 31-Mar-13 20:44:13

<applauds Sal>

catgirl1976 Sun 31-Mar-13 20:44:53

I use those Flash wipes.

They have changed my life but I never dare admit it on here as I assumed they would be Bad For The Environment and I was meant to scrub my worktops with hand-crushed, organic mung beans in an emulsion of sicilian lemon oil and then use the leftovers of that to make 19 meals (in my slow cooker), 9 of which I give to a foodbank or something.

LaQueen Sun 31-Mar-13 20:45:00

KS you're orgasiming and sicking over towels left, right, and centre...just as well you boil wash them daily.

Oh dear. The washing toddlers' toys comment has reminded me of a very unfortunate incident with a vomiting two year old and an entire huge trug/bucket thing of wooden Brio-style railway.

I wiped off the worst and then chucked it all in the bath with some hot water and washing up liquid.

Thurlow Sun 31-Mar-13 20:45:48

Ite, towel washing is done shockingly infrequently here too. I'm clean when I use 'em, then they go over the heated towel rail to dry. I really, really can't bring myself to care about them. Though if someone magically gave me fluffy, softener washed towels every morning that would be OK, I guess.

Nagoo Sun 31-Mar-13 20:46:19

I think breast in soup is probably quite rude.

The best fight was you have another thing/ think coming grin

Loislane78 Sun 31-Mar-13 20:46:59

Social services might be called if your DCs go without vests

and you better hope your DH doesn't eat the kids crisps and you need to vent on aibu - at your own peril!

As my dear old dad says, "it'll end in tears" grin

littlemissbunny Sun 31-Mar-13 20:47:03

Innocent little me grin

I wonder how long before I get flamed for only once a week! I dare someone to have a go at me for it!

Salmotrutta Sun 31-Mar-13 20:47:26

There are people taking The Pants Thread seriously!!


catgirl1976 Sun 31-Mar-13 20:48:13

I may flame you grin

LaQueen Sun 31-Mar-13 20:48:22

I told you Sal I feckin told you...

The things I do for you lot.... wink

The most terrible thing I was doing without realising it:

Before joining MN, I was blithely using the word 'forums'. <runs and hides>

littlemissbunny Sun 31-Mar-13 20:48:55

Go on catgirl <passes blow torch>

catgirl1976 Sun 31-Mar-13 20:49:40

Done smile

usualsuspect Sun 31-Mar-13 20:50:12

Where is the pants thread?

Shall I go and be a goady fucker on it?

IAmLouisWalsh Sun 31-Mar-13 20:50:43

I ordered soup today - no fucking breast in sight.

A big hunk of bread which I dipped in it, though. I also chucked all the unwanted cheese from DS2's sandwich on the top and it was bloody LOVELY.

Thurlow Sun 31-Mar-13 20:50:52

Someone has to start a fight on that thread. Please please please please please.

foxache Sun 31-Mar-13 20:52:26

Wow @ the pants thread, though disappointed that catgirl is a plant. I'm beginning to see how easy it would be to be goady.

littlemissbunny Sun 31-Mar-13 20:52:39

MNHQ please forgive me for I have sinned grin

seriously though I luffs you really, I shall give you gin and chocolate

Pixel Sun 31-Mar-13 20:53:09

I thought you were looking for this. confused

catgirl1976 Sun 31-Mar-13 20:54:13

Sorry fox grin

Sommink Sun 31-Mar-13 20:54:21

OMG i am crying laughing...

needed a good grin thanks all

EasilyBored Sun 31-Mar-13 20:54:53

I have never considered how often I wash my towels. When they are dirty? Once a week? I have no idea. Hmmm.

Nagoo Sun 31-Mar-13 20:55:53

when they stink

Panzee Sun 31-Mar-13 20:56:40

I'm still not sure whether I am supposed to take my shoes off when going in people's houses. I might have manky shoes, I might have manky feet. They might have dirty floors. I'm terribly confused.

LaQueen Sun 31-Mar-13 20:57:03

Look, just stop it with the towel're going to make KS cry angry

[strokes KS's hair...]

PolkadotsAndMoonbeams Sun 31-Mar-13 20:58:01

Of course you dip bread in your soup! What is wrong is using the knife to cut the bread roll up. You tear it, and then use the knife to butter it.

I did like the AIBU about Andrex loo roll though. The consensus seemed to be that it didn't matter if you scrunched or folded but Andrex were BU for asking the question grin

( shakes quietly in corner)

whosiwhatsit Sun 31-Mar-13 21:01:35

Oh definitely large enough to dunk, LaQueen in a really tall bowl on a very high table, and I'd have to lean at a funny angle but still I'm sure I could do it

Iteotwawki Sun 31-Mar-13 21:02:03

I may not have been entirely serious, KS.

For the spreadsheet record:
Towels weekly
Bed linen weekly for most (and daily for DS2 depending on wee accidents)

Pants - hmmmm. When I put on so much weight the elastic is cutting in and I have to order a new pair in a bigger size? grin

LaQueen Sun 31-Mar-13 21:03:24

It's just that you said you'd need to order a Lake Gazpacho...

WildThong Sun 31-Mar-13 21:07:33

I see the pants thread is going well grin

Sure is grin

Redbindy Sun 31-Mar-13 21:08:59

Suggesting reusing toilet paper will draw buckets of disapproval from those MNs who don't consider the environment.

whosiwhatsit Sun 31-Mar-13 21:11:24

Ahh so I did. I must have been getting confused with my favourite holiday resort.

foxache Sun 31-Mar-13 21:12:46

I keep forgetting to take the piss on the pants thread, not cut out for this.

catgirl1976 Sun 31-Mar-13 21:15:51

I fear I may have gone too far.

Gobbolinothewitchscat Sun 31-Mar-13 21:16:22

Watching more than 10 minutes of TV a week or even owning a tv rather than listening to concerts on a wind up radio with your DH

Going to work or not going to work - delete as applicable

littlemissbunny Sun 31-Mar-13 21:16:43

Ooh <goes to read Catgirls comments

It's fabulous cat grin

catgirl1976 Sun 31-Mar-13 21:19:04

grin I am both proud and ashamed at the same time

It just keeps getting better...

Thurlow Sun 31-Mar-13 21:27:36

I half want to be annoyed this thread has been derailed, but the pants thread is just too good!

aufaniae Sun 31-Mar-13 21:29:54

"I've been on MN for far too long and have noticed that what supermarket you shop at secretly indicates what class you belong to and what sort of person you are."

We shop as Asda, Waitrose and Sainsbury's on a regular basis (also Morrisons sometimes, but very rarely Tescos as still pissed off with them about a faulty camera debacle a while back).

What does that make us then? Class-confused?! Supermarket floozies?

BruthasTortoise Sun 31-Mar-13 21:30:55

That Tesco is the devil. I love Tesco, they're nearly always open, stock everything I could ever need in a weekly shop and they pay my DH a damn good wage plus a decent benefit package.

Also plastic toys.

I am a chav.

catgirl1976 Sun 31-Mar-13 21:31:17

I do Booths and Lidl.

It def marks me out as Northern I think though grin

foxache Sun 31-Mar-13 21:31:55

Both common and aspirational aufiniae

Gobbolinothewitchscat Sun 31-Mar-13 21:34:10

I just cannot get the Booths love since I bought some frankly rank meatballs from there.

I'm very disappointed as DH's parents always rave about it and I so want to love it but just even hearing the name makes me feel envy again

littlemissbunny Sun 31-Mar-13 21:34:15

So which is posher, M&S or waitrose? Or are they level?

I sometimes shop in <whispers> lidl! What does that make me?

I shop in M&S and Lidl and Asda and morrisons and sainsburys does that make me a supermarket slut shock

catgirl1976 Sun 31-Mar-13 21:35:03

Oh no sad I love Booths.

The meatballs must have been a plant by an angry Waitrose manager

BruthasTortoise Sun 31-Mar-13 21:35:16

Lidl is fine I think. Marks you out as wealthy but thrifty. Or is that Aldi?

Thurlow Sun 31-Mar-13 21:36:52

I'd say M&S was posher but only cos you can't get half your shopping there, so obviously you don't care about that.

foxache Sun 31-Mar-13 21:38:41

M&S foodhall has some of the rudest fellow shoppers I have encountered.

flippinada Sun 31-Mar-13 21:39:50

I shop at Asda, Lidl, Sainsburys and sometimes M&S. I think that makes me chavspirational according to MN grin .

Gobbolinothewitchscat Sun 31-Mar-13 21:43:12

grin - catgirl, is there anything you recommend particularly from Booths? On mat leave and DS and I love a little jaunt to the supermarket. Willing to give Booths another go if someone can actually vouch for the food! MIL is crap as she can't cook and has a weird semi vegi diet so she and FIL exist on fruit and fibre and rice cakes!

catgirl1976 Sun 31-Mar-13 21:46:00

They do lovely fish on the fish counter and the meat is great. Lamb chops were half price last time I went in and they were lovely.

They also stock these Swedish biscuits (will find linky) that are incredible.

If you fancy a treat the Artisan breakfast in the cafe is amazing.

Panzee Sun 31-Mar-13 21:53:55

Foxache I have only ever been rammed by a trolley in M&S. Once when 9 months pregnant.

Oh Gawd! Dunking your breasts in the soup might be a tad non-u, I'll admit...

foxache Sun 31-Mar-13 22:00:07

Ooh Panzee, that's not good. Were they smart pensioners by any chance?

Has anyone read 'The Pursuit of Love' where they call anyone they don't approve of a 'counter-hon'? I've always wanted to do that, please can we do it here?

Panzee Sun 31-Mar-13 22:04:36

Foxache were you there? grin

LahleeMooloo Sun 31-Mar-13 22:07:48

Putting make up on while on public transport is bad manners apparently. This amused me as I often do my make up on the bus and after reading that thread I looked round at my fellow passengers to wonder if I was offending any of them. None of them seemed to give a fuck, but perhaps they were silently seething!

foxache Sun 31-Mar-13 22:28:52

Panzee, they're the sharpest elbowed shoppers grin When the yellow stickers come out it's like Armegeddon.

NippyDrips Sun 31-Mar-13 22:33:30

I gave my kids grapes in Asda once! From a punnet though not a weighing bag.

flaminhoopsaloolah Sun 31-Mar-13 22:38:46

Can someone fill me in on the jars v pouches weaning thing...Ive no idea what that's about.

littlemissbunny Sun 31-Mar-13 22:39:53

Omg the yellow stickers! They are like flies around shit when they come out!

I'm so tempted when people follow me to just walk round the shop with my tray of yellow stickers to see how far they'll follow me grin

aufaniae Sun 31-Mar-13 23:58:21

grin foxache

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