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Have You Ever Vomited Upon Hearing Bad News?

“Your sister is dead.” Blarrrggghhh!

“That’s not really your dog.” Eggarrrhhh!

“I know you’re a drug dealer.” Glarrrppp!

It’s a common convention in television and movies. Someone learns some awful news, and promptly pukes. I most recently saw an example of this technique while watching season two of Weeds (an excellent show, incidentally, and justification enough to include a picture of the lovely and talented Mary-Louise Parker).

I’ve never done it myself, or seen anybody do it, so I’ve always thought of it as lazy writing. It’s a quick and dirty way to dramatize the impact of exposition.

Have you ever vomited upon hearing bad news, or known somebody who has?

17 Responses to “Have You Ever Vomited Upon Hearing Bad News?”

  1. Jack


    Yes, I have.

    But no… I’m not sharing any details!

    Suffice to say, when you get hit by something bad enough out of the blue, it’s a natural reaction to, uhm, regurgitate.

  2. darren

    Jack: Interesting. I don’t really want to hear the details–I’m just curious whether people do it.

  3. Mike

    No, but I have lost control of my limbs and fallen to the floor. I felt like such a drama queen.

  4. alexis

    Yes, a few times. It usually has something to do with dudes and breaking my heart.

  5. isabella mori

    i came close to it once, when i lived in south america and this guy, having learned that i was german, thought it would be cool to surprise me by unfurling his prize possession: a huge swastika flag.

  6. alexis

    I actually generally get the flu after I get dumped. My body goes into shock, I throw up spontaneously and I get a fever. I have a very strong mind/body connection.

  7. Raul

    I am a guy and yes I have vomited upon hearing bad news. In my case, it was after having heard that my ex had cheated on me.

  8. Jeremy Latham

    I’ve never vomited upon hearing bad news – but I’ll second the motion that Weeds is an excellent show!

  9. jack ruttan

    Not the same Jack as above. I got badly threatened by a wannabe writer at a public event, and that made me almost sick on the curb outside.

  10. Meg

    It seems like relationship stuff has nailed a few of my friends that way — being dumped, cheated on, etc… like Raul says.

    I got a surfboard in the gut and did it, but I think that made sense. :-)

  11. donna

    Like everyone else… yeah, I had some relationship news once that caused me to vomit. Or at least, it would have if I’d been able to eat anything for the prior 3 days. Instead, I got to dry heave for about fifteen minutes.

    Distress basically makes my digestive system go bonkers. :)

  12. Airdrie

    When I got dumped after a 5 year relationship, the details are complicated. I needed Gravol to stop puking.

  13. Raul

    Interesting. Would anyone care to offer their insights on whether this is a gender-specific phenomenon or not? I am a guy, and I took the news just as bad as I think any woman would have (hence, my hypothesis is that bad news -> puking, regardless of gender of person cheating/dumping and regardless of gender of person being cheated on/dumped).

  14. Lisa

    But I often need to go to the bathroom when looking for things, like on library shelves, or snooping through my brother’s stuff as a kid.

  15. sarah dawson

    Yes, I’ve thrown up . Like now I heard my sister was prego made me so sick . I don’t know why but I am

  16. Catey Peel

    Yes. I have. I was curious about it and googled it and it brought me to this page. I know most posts were from 2007, but this happened to me last night. First time in my life. Got bad news and got instantly sick.

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