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Disgusting Stuff in Library Books: Identify This!

June 27, 2021
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Don’t read any further if you get sick to your stomach easily.

Don’t look at the picture below! Whatever you do, don’t look at the picture.

Don’t look at it!

If you look at it, it’s your fault.


Opening a library book is like being the first cop at a crime scene; you never know what you’re going to see.

Below is a picture from a library book I just checked out. The book itself is titled (not that it matters all that much for the purpose of this blog post) Don’t tread On Me: A 400-Year History of America at War, from Indian Fighting to Terrorist Hunting by H. W. Crocker III. This book is unabashedly pro-American (whatever that means) and approaches America’s history of violence with no shame or guilt. According to this book, at least from what I’ve read so far, the Native Americans almost had it coming.

I mean, the Indians had it coming.

At any rate, a previous reader must have been disgusted by the author’s point of view. I was pretty disgusted when I saw this. I don’t even know what this is, but my imagination has a few ideas. Is it nose debris? Partially chewed food/condiment droppings. Or is it simply a set of mustard stains?

My gag reflex didn’t kick in or anything, but I’m not showing this to my wife. She watches pimple popping videos, but I still won’t show this to her. Her imagination can be just as vivid and as inaccurate as mine.

This is probably just mustard. It seems a bit flaky to be mustard, but I’m not tasting it to find out. I’m not that curious about it.


What do you think that is? Nose debris? Spilt food? Would this be enough to keep you from checking out library books in the middle/end of a pandemic? What is the most disgusting sight you’ve discovered in a library book?

  1. Looks like dried cookie dough.

    Worst thing I ever found in a book was when two pages were stuck together because of SOMETHING. It didn’t discolor the pages before or after, so it wasn’t jelly or peanut butter, it had to be closer in color to the pages. I took it back immediately and told the librarian that the book was defective and showed her the two stuck pages. After an insanely detailed inspection she called over another librarian and the investigation continued. I stood there amazed because this book had multiples in the shelves and it wasn’t a new release or anything, but they were going to solve this conundrum and watching them was quite honestly entertaining.

    There was a line of people waiting to check out their books so the manager (or whoever) came over to see what the situation was. Apparently within about a minute, Crime Scene Detective Manager figured out what it was, made a disgusted face and said “on a book about the Holocaust??” Then literally took the book and threw it into the trash before racing off to wash his hands. The librarians both shrugged and resumed their duties. I stood there a minute trying to process what happened and what he said, and I don’t know what it was for certain, but YUCK!! I went and scrubbed my hands too – like 10 times. Now I thumb through all the pages to make sure no makes are stuck like that or I just buy the book NEW.

    Just eww!

    • Haha! It’s funny that the manager figured it out quickly, but the librarians had no clue. Haha… librarian stereotype.

      • No… I think it’s because HE knew better than they did as they never made sticky playboy pages and he probably has. 🤣😂

  2. I find gum stuck between the pages of a library book and it turn me away for quit a while from checking books out of the library.

    • The thing is… there are so many places to stick a wad of chewed gum, no matter where you are; putting it inside a book seems mean spirited.

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