One Hundred and One Things I would put into Room 101
April 19, 2002 2:45 AM   Subscribe

One Hundred and One Things I would put into Room 101 -- Stu from Feeling Listless has compiled a list of all the things he would put into Room 101 (which contained 'the worst thing in the world' according to George Orwell). So what would you put in your own personal Room 101?
posted by LMG (27 comments total)
Well, I'll since I posted it I'll take the role of Paul Merton and say those two things aren't going to go into Room 101 this time Frasermoo.

(Paul Merton is the host of Room 101 on BBC TV)
posted by LMG at 3:33 AM on April 19, 2002

Interestingly the origins of Room 101 was at the BBC anyway. Room 101 was the room of a senior BBC program editor who often rejected/edited Orwell's work. Orwell to his (literary) revenge by making the editors room be an evil place.

I always thought of myself as an Orwell fan but I didn't know that. Thanks for the link.
posted by vbfg at 4:10 AM on April 19, 2002

posted by quonsar at 4:26 AM on April 19, 2002

The English.

Except for Stu, of course.
posted by ceiriog at 5:55 AM on April 19, 2002

RACIST. Now please present yourself before a committee where the whole incident will be blown out of all proportion in a ridiculously humourless and idiotic way.
posted by Summer at 6:16 AM on April 19, 2002

war! and poverty :)
posted by kliuless at 6:24 AM on April 19, 2002

after playing a couple rounds of mini-putt and having cooled off and relaxed a little, i feel i've been too harsh on war and poverty. okay guys you can come out now. sorry.
posted by kliuless at 6:58 AM on April 19, 2002

A dark room with something inside it that would cripple me mentally or physically.

And with fish or seafood in there somewhere. Fish are creepy lil' buggers. Lobsters too - giant insects. *shudder*
posted by Melinika at 7:28 AM on April 19, 2002

Tipping. Employers have a responsibility to pay an appropriate wage.
posted by planetkyoto at 8:21 AM on April 19, 2002

You're scared of tipping?

I would put the stupidest people in the world who have some kind of power in there. Nothing is more frightening than a moron with power.
posted by kindall at 8:40 AM on April 19, 2002

you don't have to be scared of something to put in 101.

just being a trifle annoyed could be enough.

"send in Vanilla Ice"
posted by Frasermoo at 8:47 AM on April 19, 2002

I'd put politicians in it. There's nothing worse than politicians.

Also, spiders. Politicians are worse than spiders, yes, but spiders can creep me out.

Small, yappy dogs would be in there.

And my next-door neighbour, who I swear is the result of years of careful, selective in-breeding.
posted by five fresh fish at 8:47 AM on April 19, 2002

Whoopi Goldberg, Carrot-Top, tuna fish, and pleated khakis.
posted by Samsonov14 at 8:50 AM on April 19, 2002

I have a Dell W2K box on my network that belongs in there.
posted by gnz2001 at 8:56 AM on April 19, 2002

oh and corn nuts.
posted by kliuless at 9:10 AM on April 19, 2002

people who learned to drive in Ohio
posted by elgoose at 9:51 AM on April 19, 2002


How 'bout adding Dr. Brown's Cel-Ray soda, fluroescent lights, contemporary hip-hop, Fred Phelps, Ted Rall, humidity, telemarketers, Ira Glass and Garrison Keillor, and, the worst of all:

"Error occured while processing request..."

posted by evanizer at 9:53 AM on April 19, 2002

The people that looked at Carson Daly and said "Yes, he's the one. Broadcast him."
Also, strawberry pop-tarts. They turn into hate in your stomach.
I'll bet if you look at a strawberry pop-tart under a microscope, you'd see a bunch of little swastikas and daggers floating around.
posted by dong_resin at 10:09 AM on April 19, 2002

Radar guns. Except in baseball.

Credit-card offers in the mail that are not pre-approved and end up rejecting you after you send them in, fucking your credit up even more in the process just because you applied.


The bastards at Keebler that voted to take Classic Collection Chocolate Fudge Creme-Filled Cookies off the market.

Michael Moore's factcheckers.

Gwyneth Paltrow.

The French, until they stop pronouncing the dot in doman names as "point" (PWAH! PWAH!).

Any governments worldwide that cut off funding to their shortwave radio stations.


The entire programming department at ABC Entertainment if they don't renew "The Job."
posted by aaron at 11:50 AM on April 19, 2002

Sinec one of my weblogging rules is that I don't talk..

Oh fantastic ... someone (hey Darren) actually posts my weblog to Mefi and I've a typo on the first line...

... so I'd like to add number 102...

102: My inability to spell
posted by feelinglistless at 12:19 PM on April 19, 2002

To put all this in perspective, a few weeks ago I asked a close friend of mine about his Room 101 items (mine were spiders and the like), not thinking about the fact that he'd been widowed a year earlier. Of course his wife's death had always been his Room 101 item, even before she'd been diagnosed.

He said the best thing about having had to "walk into and sit down in" his Room 101 was that there really wasn't anything left to be as afraid of anymore. He'd passed through the worst and lived. This was food for thought for me for some time.
posted by jfwlucy at 1:00 PM on April 19, 2002

Hey SUMMER you just confirmed my suspicions that the English are a race - a big messy interbred race.

I'd fill it with poo btw.
posted by Settle at 6:55 PM on April 19, 2002

I submit the above as Exhibit A.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 7:50 PM on April 19, 2002

my submission:


i kid because i love.
posted by jcterminal at 11:42 PM on April 19, 2002

I think you missed my point Settle.
posted by Summer at 1:23 AM on April 20, 2002

Top of my list was Americans, the rest is still to come . . .
posted by Slartybartfast at 5:11 AM on April 20, 2002

my credit rating.
posted by sugarfish at 11:17 PM on April 21, 2002

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