5 Gross-Out Games for Kids

by Jenny Morrill

Kids have always been fascinated with the stuff adults try not to think about. Rude noises, bodily functions, and poop are part of most kids' repertoire of jokes, and toy companies have long been taking advantage of this. Some of the following games might be familiar to you—you might have even played them yourself at one point. But they all have one thing in common: you probably wouldn't play them in front of polite company.


Theme: Dog poop.
Object: Feed the dog and scoop up the "presents" he leaves behind.

Although invented in the late 1990s, Doggie Doo didn't reach the market until 2009. Now it's something of a household name, although not every parent is completely happy with the idea, and some have boycotted the game altogether.

Gameplay is pretty simple—feed the dog with special yellow "dog food," then roll the dice. The number on the dice is the number of times you must then pump the handle on the dog's lead. After a random amount of pumps, the "food" will come out of the dog's other end. Scoop the poop and you win!


Theme: Cow milking/cow pats.
Object: Milk the cow and try not to make the cow do a pat on you.

This game works in a similar way to Doggie Doo—you roll the dice then pull the cow's udders the corresponding number of times. Then the cow will either drop a pint of milk from its front (already in its bottle thankfully) or a cowpat from its behind.


Theme: Toilet blocking.
Object: Empty your “scuzz bucket” into the toilet and flush it.

Released in 1994 by Parker Brothers, Big John is the “electronic flush and burp game.” Each player has a bucket full of “scuzzies” (green balls of goo) which they have to empty into Big John and flush the handle. Big John then makes a flushing noise. However, if Big John gets too full, he will burp and release all the “scuzzies” out of his U-bend.

On one hand, this game might help younger kids along with toilet training. On the other hand, there's probably been a rise in the number of keys and wallets being flushed down the toilet since 1994.


Theme: Vomiting.
Object: Feed Ralph your leftover food, and try not to make him throw up.

It's probably obvious by now that most games of this ilk follow a similar pattern, and 1992's Eat At Ralph's is no exception. Roll the dice, then feed Ralph the corresponding amount of food. This game also has another option: if your dice lands on “stuff,” you can attempt to feed Ralph as much food as possible.

What happens when Ralph eats too much? You guessed it, he throws up all over the table. Thankfully, he only throws up the pretend food you just fed him. While the game would probably work just as well with actual food, any kids trying to make Ralph throw up the real stuff would likely find themselves grounded pretty quickly.


Theme: Nose-picking.
Object: Pick Louie's nose until his brains fly out of his head.

We've saved the worst for last. (Yes, this is more disgusting than a poop-scooping game.)

Louie is a plastic head with long strings of snot hanging from his nose. One of the snots is attached to his brain via a rubber band, and pulling that snot will cause his brain to break free and spring from the top of his head.

Why would anyone on Earth want to spend their time picking someone else's nose? There's possibly only one game that beats this: Piggin' Boogers.

With Piggin' Boogers, the snot is a lot more realistic than Gooey Louie's, considerably upping the gross-out factor. 

It's kind of like Russian Roulette, but with pig snot. Only one of the pigs has a snotty nose, and the goal is to guess which nose to stick your finger in. Technically, if you get the snotty nose you win, but in reality, that sounds like a loss.

A Manmade Fatberg Is Floating Off the Coast of Amsterdam
A chunk of the Whitechapel fatberg on display at the Museum of London.
A chunk of the Whitechapel fatberg on display at the Museum of London.

Fatbergs—typically masses made from congealed grease, diapers, wet wipes, and other trash—have a tendency to form where they’re not wanted, but a new one floating in the sea just off Amsterdam was put there deliberately. As Gizmodo reports, designers Mike Thompson and Arne Hendriks constructed the buoyant blob to be a statement-making piece of experimental art.

Their Fatberg (capital F) started in 2014 as a single drop of fat in a glass of water. In the time since then, Thompson and Hendriks have grown it into a 2205-pound behemoth by gradually adding melted-down vegetable and animal fats to the mound. Unlike fatbergs that appear in the wild (a.k.a. city sewers), this monstrosity is pure fat. The two masterminds hope to eventually incorporate human fat obtained from a liposuction procedure.

The project is less a statement about the litter and pollution that leads to fatbergs clogging up our sewers as it is about the meaning of the fat itself. “Basically we’re doing this because fat is a very interesting material—it’s probably the most iconic material of time,” Hendriks told Gizmodo. “It’s organic, but it speaks about energy. It speaks about health. It speaks about over-consumption. It speaks about beauty.”

The two men plan to continue growing their fat island with the goal of getting it big enough to stand on and towing it to the North Pole. But they have a long way to go before they break the record for biggest fatberg—that title belongs to the Whitechapel fatberg, which weighed a whopping 143 tons when it was pulled from a London sewer in 2017.

Floating fatberg.
Mike Thompson, Arne Hendriks

Adding fat to a floating fatberg.
Mike Thompson, Arne Hendriks

[h/t Gizmodo]

Daniel Leal-Olivas, AFP/Getty Images
How a London Museum Is Preserving a Chunk of the 143-Ton Whitechapel Fatberg
Daniel Leal-Olivas, AFP/Getty Images
Daniel Leal-Olivas, AFP/Getty Images

When UK officials learned of the 143-ton Whitechapel fatberg mucking up London’s sewer system, their first concern was getting rid of it. Now, the curators at the Museum of London are figuring out how to best preserve a chunk of the monstrous trash mass so as many visitors as possible can see it.

As WIRED UK reports, the museum's exhibition, titled "Fatberg!", launches on Friday, February 9. It features a congealed mound of fat, hair, diapers, wet wipes, sanitary napkins, and condoms that was salvaged from the Whitechapel fatberg shortly after it was discovered beneath the streets of London in September 2017. According to the exhibition’s curator, Vyki Sparkes, no one has ever tried preserving a fatberg before.

The garbage globs, which form from grease and oil poured down sink drains, attract debris ranging in size from candy wrappers to planks of wood. Just a small piece of one can provide a fascinating glimpse at the waste that ends up in city sewers, but displaying a fatberg for the public to view poses logistical challenges.

In this case, the fatberg piece was set out to dry for seven weeks before it was transported to the Museum of London. The resulting item has the consistency of "parmesan crossed with moon rock," according to CBC News, and is roughly the size of a shoebox. Outside of the moist environment of London’s underbelly, the solid chunk may continue to dry out and crumble into pieces. Mold growth and sewer fly infestations are also potential issues as long as it's left out in the open.

The museum curators initially considered pickling the fatberg in formaldehyde to solve the aging problem. This idea was ultimately nixed as the liquid would have likely dissolved the whole lump into loose sludge. Freezing was another possibility, but the museum was unable to get a hold of the specialist freezers necessary for that to happen in time.

In the end, the curators decided to display it as-is within three layers of boxes. The clear cases are meant to spare guests from the noxious odor that Sparkes described to CBC News as a weeks-old diaper smell that’s simmered into something more like a “damp Victorian basement.” The exhibition closes July 1, at which point the museum must decide if the fatberg, if it remains intact, should become a permanent part of their collection. And if the mass doesn’t end up surviving the five-month show, obtaining another one to sample shouldn’t be too difficult.

[h/t WIRED UK]


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