Melanie, of Sparks from a Combustible Mind, is still filling in for Frank, aka PCGuy, who is taking a temporary hiatus from his Truthful Tuesday prompt. This week Melanie wants to know…
What is your honest opinion about people who chew ice?
My honest opinion about people who chew ice is colored by the fact that I am one of those people who chews ice. I’ve been doing it all my life and I’m going to be chewing ice for however long I am still around.
I like to drink all of my cold beverages “on the rocks.” Be it soda, iced tea, or a mixed drink, it must be served with ice. And when I’ve finished most of the liquid, I will tip the glass so that I can get an ice cube in my mouth and crunch down on it.
Just to be clear, the only cold beverages I don’t drink over ice are beer and milkshakes. But when it comes to all other cold beverages, they must be served in a glass with plenty of ice.
Did you know that there’s actually a medical name for the activity of chewing ice? It’s called ice pica or pagophagia. Pica is a “disorder” that causes people to crave and eat items that are not food or have no nutritional value. Such as ice.
But in my case, it’s not a craving or a compulsion to chew ice. It’s just something I frequently do with the ice in my cold drinks.
Melanie noted that some people find it disgusting when they see (or hear) others chewing on ice. I haven’t noticed anyone giving me dirty looks when I crunch down on a cube of ice in my mouth, but my wife often says I’m oblivious, so maybe some people do get annoyed by my ice chewing.
But from my perspective, what happens in the privacy of my own mouth is nobody’s business but mine. So I will continue to chew my ice without guilt or remorse.