Let me tell you about the time I….ate paper.

No, that’s not a euphemism.

And no, I can’t even say it was for a legitimate and cool reason, like a dare or a bet.

I just ate paper.

Because in my head, I’d look less ridiculous eating paper than …not eating paper.

It was just one of those awkward situations where you get embarrassed and your brain stops working.

I went to Subway for my lunch yesterday.

The only seat left was at a high table in between a middle-aged couple and an “unfriendly black hottie” to quote Mean Girls.

Now I’m an awkward eater as it is, and I hate people watching me because I usually get food all over me, especially with those Subway subs because the bread I always get is Herb and Cheese so it’s pretty inevitable that I will have tiny green bits all over my lips and inbetween my teeth.

Now, the main problem here was the couple .

The guy was reading a newspaper and the woman was just sitting, straight as a rod, staring at her surroundings.

Which happened to be me.

Which made me VERY awkward.

So I was concentrating on mastering the “take a small bite and frantically wipe mouth and subtly slosh a drink around my mouth” style of eating, when all of a sudden I looked down and saw a bite-shaped mark in the paper the sub was half-wrapped in.

And the woman was still looking at me.

I was in an awkard position as I’d already began chewing the mouthful, which meant the paper was mushed up in my foodie mouthful.

Had the woman noticed the paper eating or would I get away with it?

Should I let her know I noticed and pull it out of my mouth, along with a half-digested food?

Or should I just carry on chewing as though I hadn’t noticed.

Although then she’ll probably think I’m such a HEIFFER that I don’t even taste what I’m eating.

While I was thinking this through, I was still chewing so I’d look natural.

Which meant the paper was even MORE mushed up.


So acting impulsively, I just swallowed.

And the woman kept staring.

I’m a 22-year-old and some ol’ one socially-guilted me into eating paper.

It’s not even the first time.

Normally it happens with chewing gum though.

You know how you forget you’re chewing gum and then you end up somewhere like the boyfriend nanny’s or Church, where you just can’t pull a spitty wad out of your gob!

So you swallow it.

And spend the next two hours panicking that you’re Ma was right and it’s going to spend the next 10 years in your body until it eventually blocks up your kidney/liver/spleen and you die.

You gotta love Ma Logic.

It defies science and any sensible thinking your brain is capable of.

As does social-guilting by ol’ ones.


14 Comments on “Let me tell you about the time I….ate paper.”

  1. lyndsay says:

    Oh Catherine… I did something similar on the train at the weekend. I was eating a cookie, reading Bazaar and trying to ignore some drunken idiots. So while taking a big bite of cookie, I also took a big bite of greaseproof paper. Awwwwweeeeeesome.

    Let’s start a support group.

  2. I used to eat tissue paper when I was younger :S

  3. White Rabbit says:


    *wipes tear*

    Sorry m’dear but that’s hilarious

  4. Emily says:

    Hahahahaha. Giggled. Giggled HEARTILY at that.
    Thank you for your silly story and cheering up my day.
    You are not alone in this, I too am totally awkward eating sandwiches alone.
    Totally. Awkward.

  5. Polly R says:

    that’s a funny story! But don’t worry, everyone does embarrassing things like that! And the woman probably didn’t even notice anyway 🙂
    I used to eat paper for fun when I was like 10. What a weirdo. And I’m still alive so don’t worry!

  6. thanks for sharing! i laughed a lot, the story was so silly and sweet! xx

  7. Nancy says:

    Holy moly I completely empathise and was laughing my pants off with you.

    I know I’d eat paper in the same situation but doesn’t a part of you wish you’d have stuck your tongue out, with all its chewed up sandwich, to the nosey parker staring at you to remove the paper?

  8. Sherin says:

    Love this story!! I would have done exactly the same in that situation. I’m such an awkward eater as well. And I’ve definitely done that with chewing gum.

  9. Eve says:

    Hahahahhaha I can’t tell you how hard I laughed reading this! Everyone in my house must think I’m crazy! You have the oddest yet funniest things happen to you!

    Amazing as always 🙂

  10. dustjacket attic says:

    Oh heck, not good! Know what you mean by the chewing gum too, I just about choked on it the other day and thought my kidneys my jam up when I accidently swallowed it……..crazy

  11. Alyssa says:

    the old lady basically bullied you into eating the paper!! eek. Those moments are awkward and you just dont know if you should bring attention to the situation incase they have seen or ignore it and hope they didnt notice!!! Good on you for eating the paper.

    But at least paper breaks down… so it shouldnt take 10 years… hopefully!

  12. Emma says:

    The libo cops had to shush me twice while reading that, I was laughing so uncontrollably! As for the chewing gum my ma told me it sticks to your heart for seven years before passing through your system, defies all common sense!

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