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What is that thing?

[P] A festering, gangrenous wound.
[P] A paper clip.
[P] A rusty nail.
[P] An ancient torture device, I've been very, very bad.
[P] I was standing too close to the arc welder. They're just metal drops fused to my skin.
[P] Inevitable outcome of a freak accident involving a nail gun and some BB's.
[P] It is a tracking device so that my mom (the FBI, my parole officer, my g/b friend, the CIA) knows where I am at all times.
[P] It was a horrible fishing accident - I don't want to talk about it.
[P] It's a bit of barbed wire left over from a bike accident.
[P] It's a door knocker to heaven on earth.
[P] It's a hitching post for my lover.
[P] It's a magic ring, if you pull it it opens a wormhole to the magic land of Tir Na'nog.
[P] It's an antenna for my wristwatch television.
[P] It's an instant orgasm (for tongue ring).
[P] It's an listening device placed by aliens so they can spy on us.
[P] It's dental bracework.
[P] It's just a pull tab from a beer can that I found outside. Pretty cool, huh?
[P] It's kinda like when they tag bears with those big orange things ...
[P] It's the only cat toy the cats can't push under the fridge and lose.
[P] Oh, just something I found on the floor and thought was pretty.
[P] Something to hitch my stockings to.
[P] You know those headgears for braces? This is the 90's version.
[T] It's a duck. Or, It's the "Celtic Squid of Life" (asked about an abstract tribal tattoo).
[T] It's a Japanese bar code. I'm $2.95, on sale this week only.
[T] Its an encoded message so that my body can always be identified.
[T] It's Sanskrit for "Satan Lives Within"
[P] [T] Hmm.... good question... well... hmmm... ah... dunno... hmmm...
[P] [T] I don't know. I just woke up one morning and there it was.
[P] [T] I dunno, it happened when I was abducted by aliens.
[P] [T] It was an initiation ritual for the suicide cult I just joined.
[P] [T] It's a birth defect. I'd rather not talk about it, it makes me self-conscious.
[P] [T] My reward for spanking your mother with a hairbrush.
[P] [T] What thing? Where? (look) AAAAAAAAAHHHHH!
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Did it hurt?

[P] About this much ... (then reach out and dig fingernails into idiot questioner's nipples).
[P] Every hit yourself with an electric staple gun?
[P] Gawd, not as bad as my P.A. (coming from a female).
[P] Hell yes! Do you think having an inch-long needle shoved through your chest wouldn't hurt?!?
[P] If it hadn't hurt, I wouldn't have paid for it.
[P] It's just like being crucified.
[P] I've poked a hole in my body, what do you think?
[P] No, I love having infected puss dripping out of my eyebrow/ear.
[P] No, it felt good as the needle made the first halting puncture, and then lanced through all in one intense shove.
[P] No, trapping my knob in my fly hurts.
[P] No, why do you ask?
[P] Not really, but boy, does getting a PA hurt (subsequent explanation of a PA should shut them up).
[P] Only when the piercer beat me for spewing on him (or her).
[P] The left one, no. The right one, yes.
[P] Try hammering a nail through your (lip/nipple/penis) and YOU tell ME!
[P] Yes, and I loved it! (evil smile should complete the effect).
[P] Yes, and this is my 5th in the same hole. I keep taking it out so I can re-do it and enjoy the pain over and over again!
[T] No, I just like the feeling of 1800 puncture wounds being made every minute.
[T] No, it was licked on by kittens.
[T] Only for about the first hour, then you get so delirious you can't feel a thing!
[T] The outline felt like it was cut out with a hot razor, when he got to the colors I was numb.
[T] Well, it felt like having your skin flayed off, a millimeter at a time.
[T] Well, you know how it feels when you get a shot? Imagine that 2000 times a minute for about a half hour.
[P] [T] Actually, this conversation is far more painful.
[P] [T] After the gangrene set in, I couldn't feel a thing!
[P] [T] Did it hurt when your mamma dropped you on your head?
[P] [T] Have you ever had an orgasm? Well, it's nothing like that!
[P] [T] I don't remember, I was too busy bleeding.
[P] [T] I don't remember, I was too busy screaming.
[P] [T] I felt as though each of the Gods rode down upon a liquid stream of fire, and took their turn sending flashes of agony through my nipples and enjoying the tortured expression on my face.
[P] [T] If it doesn't hurt, what's the point?
[P] [T] It probably hurts you more to look at it.
[P] [T] I've had other people hurt me more (accompanied by evil grin).
[P] [T] I've had worse things done to me by people who say they like me.
[P] [T] Like a fork stuck in your eye, but in a good way.
[P] [T] More than a bee sting, but less than plucking your eyes out with a spoon (best said with spoon in hand).
[P] [T] No more than getting kicked in the face with a golf shoe.
[P] [T] No more than my _______ (insert any other bodmod here).
[P] [T] No, actually I found it rather stimulating.
[P] [T] No, actually it tickled so much I fell out of the chair.
[P] [T] No, but I can show you one that did.
[P] [T] No, did it hurt when they removed your brain?
[P] [T] No, I was born without nerve endings.
[P] [T] No, it fucking tickled.
[P] [T] No, my childhood prepared me for pain.
[P] [T] No, right up until my piercer slapped me for coming on to him.
[P] [T] Not after the pain went away.
[P] [T] Not as bad as this one, or this one, or this one, or this one...
[P] [T] Not as much as looking at you.
[P] [T] Not as much as the first seven did.
[P] [T] Not as much as your lack of originality.
[P] [T] Not nearly enough!
[P] [T] Only for the first couple of years.
[P] [T] Ooohhhh baby, say that again. Oh God yes, please. (scream) SAY THAT AGAIN DAMMMITT!!!
[P] [T] Rush Limbaugh is far more painful. Laura Schlessinger, twice that.
[P] [T] Well, after I fainted from all the blood loss ...
[P] [T] Well, it all depends on how you deal with pain, now doesn't it (accompanied by a sweet, innocent smile usually does the trick)?
[P] [T] Well, it's not for pussies!
[P] [T] What do you think? Oh, sorry, didn't mean to bring up a sore subject...
[P] [T] Yeah...and it tastes just like chicken.
[P] [T] Yes, but it was a good hurt!
[P] [T] Yes, but my life is pain.
[P] [T] Yes, I have to take pain killers for it twice a day.
[P] [T] Yes, I live in excruciating pain.
[P] [T] Yes. (Followed by a dead stare at the questioner).
[P] [T] You'll have to ask one of my other personalities.
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Why did you do it?

[P] Cause I couldn't get laid for $25?
[P] I just like the beeping sound of airport metal detectors.
[P] I like to run marathons without a shirt. Now I have somewhere to hang my number.
[P] I need it to fasten my restraints during my "episodes".
[P] I needed a place to tie the gerbil's leash.
[P] I needed to attach the high voltage to SOMETHING.
[P] I want my baby to have something to hold onto while breastfeeding.
[P] It keeps demons from crawling into my ears.
[P] It keeps peanut butter from sticking to the roof of my mouth.
[P] It wanted to get my total piercings to X (X=visible piercings + 1, evil grin should complete the effect).
[P] It's an experimental treatment to contain random outbursts of violent behavior.
[P] Its like that little perch on a bird house ... but for the demons in my head.
[P] It's reputed to enhance certain sexual acts for those upon whom they are being performed. Would you like to see?
[P] It's someplace to hang my locker key when I'm in the shower.
[P] Oh, so you've never kissed someone with one? (when asked about a tongue pierce)
[P] So I could make a fortune in porn.
[P] You can never have too many holes in your head! (answer to when asking about eyebrow piercings...or something else that's pierced through your head)
[T] Because I had a boil lanced and needed to cover the scar.
[T] I am a walking piece of art, and since you are viewing me, you are certainly welcome to make a donation to increase the capacity of this museum's stores.
[T] I got it in prison for killing someone who asked too many questions.
[T] It was an impulse buy at a tattoo convention (this is the truth).
[T] So that when I die, someone can cut off my skin with an Xacto knife, tan it, and have a nice piece of art to hang on the wall.
[T] To cover up that hideous 666 birthmark.
[P] [T] Because I can!
[P] [T] Because I didn't have any narrow minded, irrational, straight edge friends like you to stop me.
[P] [T] Because I think it looks pretty.
[P] [T] Because it's a part of His plan (accompanied by an upwards look).
[P] [T] Hey, it was a triple-dog dare. And I never lose one of those!
[P] [T] How the hell else am I going to communicate with the mother ship?
[P] [T] I dunno, why'd you get that haircut?
[P] [T] I get a new one every time I go across the equator.
[P] [T] I had it done in the midst of a three-week speed, heroin, and acid binge.
[P] [T] I had to one-up my little sister/brother/best friend.
[P] [T] I had to show up my mom!
[P] [T] I like pain.
[P] [T] I lost a bet. It was either this or licking a cows ass, you tell me?
[P] [T] I wanted to look more like a Republican.
[P] [T] I wanted to see how it compared to getting hit by a bus.
[P] [T] I was tired of lurking on rec.arts.bodyart .
[P] [T] If I told you, I'd have to kill you.
[P] [T] If I'd known I would have to answer all these dumb questions, I might have reconsidered.
[P] [T] If you don't know already, it just wasn't meant to be.
[P] [T] I'm a victim of fashion.
[P] [T] I'm an undercover FBI agent.
[P] [T] I'm sorry, it's a secret.
[P] [T] It was a dare.
[P] [T] It was on sale.
[P] [T] It was part of the initiation.
[P] [T] It was supposed to be a stupid people shield. Doesn't seem to be working, though.
[P] [T] Jesus told me to.
[P] [T] Just so that my very existence would be offensive to the likes of you.
[P] [T] My cat told me to.
[P] [T] My tooth fairy stopped giving quarters, so this was the next best choice.
[P] [T] No reason in particular, I was just bored.
[P] [T] Someone told me it was a good way to meet men/women.
[P] [T] The voices told me to ... (then clutch your head and repeatedly shout, "Get out of my head!", or "Leave me alone!")
[P] [T] The voices told me to ... don't you hear them?
[P] [T] The voices told me to ... have they sent you?
[P] [T] The body is a temple. Have you ever seen an unadorned temple?
[P] [T] The Devil made me do it (in a suitable graveyard voice).
[P] [T] The witness protection program told me it would be a good idea to change my image.
[P] [T] To give (stupid/narrow minded) people a way to start conversations.
[P] [T] To prove to my mistress that I really do care.
[P] [T] To remind me that I'm a filthy, filthy little bastard.
[P] [T] Wait a minute - I thought YOU knew!
[P] [T] Why do we do anything?
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Is that real?

[P] No, it came in a box of a) Crunch Berries, b) Cracker Jacks.
[P] No, it's a clip-on.
[T] Nah, it was done with disappearing ink.
[T] No, it's a state of the art high-fashion hologram!
[T] No, it's an iron-on.
[T] No, it's one of those stick-on ones.
[T] Yes, but only the outline. I colored the rest with crayons.
[T] You're welcome to try to rub it off (especially if near breast or other excitable appendage).
[P] [T] I don't know what you're talking about, there's nothing there! (Then shrug and walk away)
[P] [T] Is what real?
[P] [T] No, from the neck up I'm a cartoon.
[P] [T] No, it is a figment of your obviously warped imagination.
[P] [T] No, it's a new magic trick I'm practicing.
[P] [T] Sure - are you?
[P] [T] That depends, how exactly do you define 'reality'?
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That's permanent, you know ...

[P] No, my boyfriend usually rips it out with his teeth every night and pierces it again just as I climax.
[P] Well, the jewelry is permanent, but I'm not (Then launch into a morbid discussion about how, after death, your body will rot away, leaving a coffin full of tiny metal rings).
[T] A lot of people think that's a problem - but who knows, I might get hit by a bus tomorrow. The 'rest of my life' might not be that long.
[T] Duh.
[T] For the price I paid, it better be.
[T] I hope so, after all the time it took!
[T] Is anything in life truly permanent?
[T] It is? Uh oh.
[T] Just till the leprosy hits that part ...
[T] No shit? There ought to be a sign or something in the tattoo parlor.
[T] No, it comes off with sandpaper and a good wire brush.
[T] So is a nose job, maybe you should consider one.
[T] So is being boring.
[T] So is ignorance.
[T] So is your plain skin.
[T] That's what the guy in the shop said, but I didn't believe him.
[T] That's what they said about Elvis.
[T] Well, at least until the leprosy reaches that part.
[T] Yep, but that's OK, because I'm killing myself next Thursday at 2:45.
[T] Yep. But I'm getting the rest of my skin lasered off next week.
[P] [T] Not really, since I haven't finished paying for it yet.
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Does that mean you're gay?

[P] No, it means I like having holes in my head/body/penis.
[P] [T] Does that outfit mean you shop at K-Mart?
[P] [T] God, I hope so.
[P] [T] I used to think so, but lately I've been having these thoughts....
[P] [T] No it means I don't like guys/girls with... <description of person asking>.
[P] [T] No, but what your dad (mom if appropriate) and I did last night definitely means I'm gay.
[P] [T] No, does that mean you're a redneck?
[P] [T] No, that's purely a coincidence.
[P] [T] No, this other one means I'm gay.
[P] [T] This one means I'm gay, and this one means I fuck water buffalo. (Taken from George Carlin)
[P] [T] Why? Do you fancy me? (works best with members of the same sex)
[P] [T] Would you like to find out? (to person of same sex)
[P] [T] Yeah, but they did that for free when I was initiated into the secret gay society.
[P] [T] Yes, and I think you're hot!
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What did your parents say?

[P] My dad was tripping and thought it was a magic beetle and tried to eat it.
[T] Is that some sort of infected cut? (literal truth - one mom asked that of an ankle tat).
[P] [T] And for your next birthday, how about a motorcycle?
[P] [T] At least you're not drunk and pregnant.
[P] [T] Dear God, Nooooooooooooooooo!
[P] [T] Hey, they told me to do what I like with the inheritance from Grandma.
[P] [T] I ate them.
[P] [T] I couldn't understand my father, his mouth was full and his tongue was busy (add wink here).
[P] [T] I didn't really pay attention. The TV. was on.
[P] [T] I like it ... but I still think your fathers/mothers is better.
[P] [T] I was genetically engineered and grown in a beaker. My lab tech thinks it's cool, though.
[P] [T] Move over, it's my turn.
[P] [T] Mum's always too tied up in the kitchen to notice!
[P] [T] My dad stabbed me, but that's ok, because my mom dropped the gun when she saw the blood.
[P] [T] My mom forced me to get it.
[P] [T] My mom held my hand while they did it.
[P] [T] Nothing ... I told them that it was your idea.
[P] [T] Nothing, after I cut out their tongues.
[P] [T] Nothing. They still haven't gotten over my leather fetish.
[P] [T] Parents? I was raised by dingoes.
[P] [T] So what do you think [insert name of person presently asking] will say?
[P] [T] They only shrieked as the car spun out of control and careened off the embankment.
[P] [T] They're happy I'm upholding the family tradition.
[P] [T] This was a great idea for a family outing.
[P] [T] Well that was stupid!
[P] [T] Well, they're dead.
[P] [T] Where can I get one of those?
[P] [T] Who do you think did it?
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You must have been pretty drunk!

[P] Yep, and I saved two bucks 'cause I found my own needle in an alley!
[P] [T] No, but I was when I slept with your daughter.
[P] [T] No, but the guy that did it was.
[P] [T] No, when I get drunk I get naked and run through town.
[P] [T] That's the same thing I said to your dad when he knocked up your mom!
[P] [T] Well, actually I was on PCP and later that day I bought a hand gun. Ahh, I love America.
[P] [T] You know, everything seems more logical whey you're drunk/stoned.
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What on earth will your gynecologist think?

[P] He advised it, it gives him something to play with while he is down there!
[P] I *am* the gynecologist!
[P] i don't go to a gynecologist... I'm too young.
[P] It gives her something to hold onto during an examination.
[P] It's a handy hanger for the speculum.
[P] She charges extra, because I have it laced up like a shoe.
[P] Who do you think recommended it?
[P] [T] She's got one too.
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