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Joe Cornish Joe Cornish | 14:55 UK time, Monday, 8 June 2009

Hello Bloglodytes. Due to high levels of revoltocity, we have decided to put this week's Retro Text the Nation here on the blog rather than in the actual podcast. This is for three reasons. Firstly, this week's podcast is quite long enough already without it. Secondly, we thought it would be a good way to get you used to the idea of coming to this blog to find special exclusive audio nuggets. There will be more bits of audio and video popping up here (and here alone) in the coming days and weeks. Thirdly, and most importantly, this week's RTTN is so revolting that we think you should elect to listen to it, rather than having it forced down your ears in the middle of an otherwise non-retch inducing podcast.


The theme is revolting personal habits. Don't worry, we steer away from bathroom-area anecdotes. But do worry, because the anecdotes we do read out are quite revolting enough without straying into the bathroom area. Please remember while you listen to this that it was ADAM'S IDEA not mine. I repeat, this was ADAM'S IDEA. Enjoy!


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  • Comment number 2.

    Nice idea there JoeJoe to get people coming here, but i would like retro text the nation to be kept in the full podcast.

    I love the podcast being long, I've been a little addicted to it recently and my friend thinks i need help because its all i listen to all day everyday.

    Also I have been calling my self Dr.Sexy to the girl im seeing and she must think Im weird.

  • Comment number 3.

    wow even more adam and jo u can never get enough!!!
    wish my car music system could pick up 6music!!!

  • Comment number 4.

    Hello, now I'm confused. Are we supposed to add our own revolting stories here, or just complain morosely about what a shabby topic this was for ttn? I would probably like to do both.

  • Comment number 5.

    I'm sort of ashamed to say that I do the exact same thing as the hula hoop man. But I don't actually spit any of my chewed up food out, that would be disgusting, I just do it using my tongue and mouth. I just crunch and mush up the hula hoops in my mouth and when I put in a fresh new one, I push the mush into hole then crunch some more and swallow. Yum.

  • Comment number 6.

    Rather fittingly, just as i was reading this my other half walked into the room, bent over to pick off a bit of toenail, put it to his nostrils and said "hmmm, whiffy!", then left the room as if nothing had happened.

  • Comment number 7.

    Hey Joe

    What's happened? The piano-laden Retro Text the Nation theme has been dropped once again, for (in my opinion) the inferior original version. I know you wrote it but i'm not really dissing your musicianship, as afterall the guy who re-recorded it based it on the tune you wrote first off...please bring back the piano, it's makes me sad but in a nice way....

  • Comment number 8.

    Thanks. Nono, srsly. Thanks.

    Adam, a more cutesie TTN on Saturday please? "How fluffy is your kitten?" Perhaps? Or "What's the wierdest named cheese you've found?"
    Or, if it's Joe's turn: "Unpleasant things you've been made to do in the name on love."

  • Comment number 9.

    Still wondering about Bingo in America? Yes, we have it...mostly at casinos and Catholic churches so old people who chain smoke play it. Uh-oh...another nasty American stereotype! https://www.arkansascatholic.org/article.php?id=953
    That's a link to a random article I found to support the stereotype.
    And here's Ned Ryerson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a0YLD_9lRGU

  • Comment number 10.

    I worked in the Emergency Room of a large hospital in Atlanta for seven years and never felt as sick as I did listening to "Wretch-tro" text the nation this week. Strangely, I couldn't turn it off, though, because I love to hear you two giggling like school boys at potty humor. It makes me laugh until I cry and my husband comes in the study to see what is wrong with me. He just doesn't understand.
    Holley in Tampa

  • Comment number 11.

    Little suggestion: Wouldn't it be nice if you placed all audio snippets here in its own player, rather than just a link to the MP3? Just a thought. :D

  • Comment number 12.

    Please please please can you make Dr Sexy and the Nutty Song available on here to download? Or at least put them on iplayer, come on!

  • Comment number 13.

    I have to say this RRTN is having much the same effect on me as it is on Joe; it's making me physically ill. Retch-ro is about right.

  • Comment number 14.

    After listening to the recipe for Mini Cheddar sandwiches, I had a great idea for next year's version of the "Great British Menu". Instead of feeding royalty and soldiers and stuff, why not feed some tramps with delicios food they can make themselves? You guys know telly people, who do I get in touch with?

  • Comment number 15.

    Bloglodytes? I thought we were Blog Squadron!
    from chris

  • Comment number 16.

    I emailed a really revolting story about a spot I had on the underside of my arm. I'm not going to repeat it here, it's too revolting.

  • Comment number 17.

    Seconding JoeintheUSA (#4) and the many other others that this was a pretty bad TTN. And yet it was a rather enjoyable (R)TTN in a weird sort of way.

    Regards from Singapore.

  • Comment number 18.

    whenever i have finished using the cheese, before i wrap it up i gnaw at the corner like some sort of rodent, i don't know why i do it because it makes me feel sick and i often end up spitting the cheese into the bin then brushing my teeth. it makes everyone in my family furious but no one is sure who does it, my dad has even tried to measure the size of the bite radius, no one has guessed its me yet.

  • Comment number 19.

    Is this was the place for Retro Text The Nation contributions? I have a revolting personal habit to confess so, squeamish bloglodytes, scroll off elsewhere now!

    A psychologist friend once told me about a client she had who liked to stick his finger deep into his ear then sniff the greasy residue left on his finger. I tried it myself and now I can't stop doing it! I have subsequently discovered that my ear grease works brilliantly as emergency lip balm when I can't find a chapstick. When I have applied my ear-grease lip balm my cat loves to lick the remaining residue off my finger. She purrs ecstatically as she frantically licks the waxy gunk from under my fingernail.

    I'd be very interested to know if all cats go wild for the taste of ear grease. As it's not something I can easily test on friend's cats or cats I meet in the street, I would appreciate it if other bloggers could try this experiment on their own pets and share their results. Just hold a well-coated finger within sniffing distance of your pet's nose and see what happens. Smaller mammals can also get involved in the experiment if they want to.

    thank you,

  • Comment number 20.

    Plop, plop. I like it.

  • Comment number 21.

    @MummyBates: I too am guilty of smelling the greasy earwax residue. I offered a soiled digit to my cat (Aphex) who sniffed it a little but remained basically unmoved and did no licking.

    @ A&J The blog is awesome.

  • Comment number 22.

    Will you be doing separate podcasts for Retro Text The Nation in the Future?
    Cheryl x

  • Comment number 23.

    @Everybody - hello! It's really nice to finally have a chance to interact with other A&J listeners.

    Nasty habit: When I'm on the computer at home (reading something or other, playing Tetris) I am usually slouched in my chair with elbows on the desk, chin resting in the palm of my left hand and the small finger of my left hand tucked snugly into my left nostril. For some reason I find this very comforting - even more so when there is something sticky up there to twirl around and around like a little candy floss machine.

    Love & Lollipops,


  • Comment number 24.

    Hello my fellow Adam and Joe lovers. Nice to finally be home where I can do vaguely disgusting things and then share them with you. Or not. Yet.

    Is that a problem?

  • Comment number 25.

    Good day A&J types. Remember that news announcer blooper on the show a while back? I made a wee mp3 of it mixed with some A&Jness which you can hear here: Welcome To The Problem

    Carry on.

  • Comment number 26.

    ^^^^ really enjoyed that, good work.

  • Comment number 27.

    @TommyReckless, nicely done!

  • Comment number 28.

    @TommyReckless, bad to the bone.

  • Comment number 29.

    Did anyone else nearly actually throw up after the Wotsits story? I'm almost tempted to listen to RTTN but I need to find a time when I've not just eaten or about to eat....

  • Comment number 30.

    I tried, I reeeeally tried to listen to the whole thing...my gag reflex is too weak.

    I very much like the idea of "unpleasant things you've been made to do in the name of love" for text the nation.

    Adam and Joe, do you have to read every single comment now as well as every email? You poor things, most of us are kind of insane, you shouldn't be forced to maniac-exposure!

  • Comment number 31.

    Hi Adam

    Also Hi to Joe.

    My mates and I do these things on YouTube, I think you'd both like it.


  • Comment number 32.

    Hello people
    Nice vibe going on this blog - very in keeping with the feel-good factor of the show. I have a good name for the latest RTTN about irrational things we do stop the world imploding in our tiny minds - "Idiotsyncrasies".
    Keep up the good work blog squadron
    Stand down

  • Comment number 33.

    Hello Barri-Clubber-Lang. Please do feel free to send us bits and bobs to adamandjoe.6music@bbc.co.uk - we love receiving your mp3s and pics etc. Everyone is extremely welcome to contribute to the show. Best, James

  • Comment number 34.

    Whee! This blog is excellent. I'm in the U.S., and my husband and I are sort of the lone Adam and Joe fans for miles around. I sent in a rather disgusting (but also good) tidbit for RTTN, but alas, it was not read.

  • Comment number 35.

    Evening Blog Squadron!

    Wow, that was both disgusting and hilarious. Brilliant.

  • Comment number 36.

    This is like the watch strap sniffing guy - but I sniff underneath my wedding ring which after a few days sans water has built up a nice sweaty aroma that just keeps giving and it's really addictive!

  • Comment number 37.

    Afternoon Blog Squad

    Brilliant brilliant fun. I love it when they get tied up in total fits of the giggles.

    Keep it up fellas

  • Comment number 38.

    I have only just caught up with many,many of your glorious podmax. My friend Sgt Spadgemeister Kel told me about the lastest ttn. Stupidly I said that I had a revolting habit and that it is one that I would not tell her but that I think was probably worthy enough. Clearly after much pushing I agreed to share it on the promise of her eternal slavery. I do not know which is the strangest part, the actual habit or what I have done to think it isn't actually that revolting. I..... let my cat eat my ear wax, often to be fair I don't realise I am doing it. It started as a joke (would my cat eat it if I offered it), but now she likes it, what's a girl to do when she has two green evil beady eyes staring at her?? I would fear for my safety whilst sleeping!!! I have justified this however by the magical powers of a well known search engine. Other people claim they do it. So I figure it's not actually that wrong, yeah???? ok i love you byebye

  • Comment number 39.

    Hello Adam and Joe!

    That was a great text the nation! i enjoyed it, thought it did gross me out a little. not as much as my mum though, who could hear it as she stood in the other room, cringing and moaning in disgust!
    I loved it though!:D and i love you too boys too:D

    keep up the funny work!! xx

  • Comment number 40.

    Another quality show, even if TTN was a bit gross.

    I've introduced the Adam & Joe show to my wife and we love listening to the podcasts in the evening while we cook dinner. She loves the TTN jingles, especially the French one, which had her nearly falling off her seat laughing at.

    Good to be part of Blog Squadron.


  • Comment number 41.

    gday adam and joe, your dirty habit text the nation brought a little gem of a habit my fiance does whilst sitting watching the tv. In her hedonistic days being a student in brighton she thought that a belly piercing would be an added addition to her white gloves and whistle look, as the years have gone on the gloves and whistle have been locked away and the corporate suit has replaced her midrift showing tops, the piercing had to go. every so often i used to catch her playing with her bellybutton then having a quick sniff, what i didnt realise was that she was prizing and pinching out the gunky residue from her tiny open exit wound and then havin a sniff. I did do the unthinkable and have a curious smell myself once and what can only be described as rotten chicken engulfed my whole nasal canal and have never gone back to that dark place again. if your reading this on air then its about 10am, enjoy breakfast everyone, bye. rich in bondi ps, tip top show.

  • Comment number 42.

    I'd kinda hoped we'd get a new blog entry to go with each week, maybe as the podcast went up. I know it takes time and trouble & they are both busy but I do feel a little deflated that we've not heard from them again. That's the trouble when you throw a bone.........

  • Comment number 43.

    hello fellow blog fans nice to meet you.

    I feel if you have read this far down the comments it's ok to share with you that I have a pretty gross habbit. I have my nose peirced and often quite absent mindly and often in company i'll take it out and pick off any little delights it has picked up during the day inside my nose. mmmm nice.

    love you. bye.

  • Comment number 44.

    I used to eat Mini Cheddar sandwiches too, although I haven't had the chance recently due to the restraining order. If I saw a packet of Mini Cheddars here, in front of me, today, here, now- I would have no fear of reprisals and would take great delight in regurgitating one of them on to one of his/her brothers/sisters/cousins before enjoying a delicious soggy snack.

    I'm not mental.

    Peas x

  • Comment number 45.

    Does anyone have a habbit of biting ones tounge? I mean literally biting chunks out of it....

    I do this as well as bite my lips until they bleed....Nice

  • Comment number 46.

    mMMMmmm delicious nuggets of lovelyness.

    Thanks JoeCo and AdBux

  • Comment number 47.

    I just had to stop listening to the last parts of this due to laughing too much at work. Cheers A&J, enjoy the hols!

  • Comment number 48.

    Not really sure where his comment should go but .. A few weeks ago the entire Google earth / opposite side of the earth thingy discussion...

    Already been done.. Called Earth sandwich .. see https://www.zefrank.com/sandwich/tool.html

    Yours Mark overseas squadron


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