My mother (a born and bred Brit, like me) asked me to explain what cooties are. Help! Do only North American children have them, or can British and European kids have them too? If I do not have them, how can I get them? If I do have them, how do I get rid of them? Please help us out here.

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  1. Heide says:

    Ha! Anyone can have them, though it is rather subjective. You can think I have them, for instance, while I feel that I do not, and vise versa. When I was growing up the only way to get rid of them was with “Cootie Spray.” Like, if you had to sit in a chair where someone you didn’t like (who had cooties) was sitting, you had to first spray it with cootie spray (where you pretend you’re holding an aerosol can and you spray madly all over the chair). Does this help??? :)

  2. Jess says:

    Anyone can have cooties. Growing up in NYC we had a “cootie shot” to get rid of them. I was just debating in my mind whether to divulge the secret, and I chose to let you in on the secret.
    It must be done on the forearm of the afflicted party, draw two circles with your finger and then poke him (or her) twice inside those circles. As you are doing that you must chant “Circle, circle. Dot, dot. Now you have the cootie shot.” You must say those words, it will not work otherwise!

  3. Kristie says:

    Yup, any one can get it, but you typically find that people of the opposite sex get them (and anyone who has anything to do with them! LOL)

    I think I remember using some cootie spray a time or two ;) LOL

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