Room 101

I’m sure most dopers have read “1984” by G. Orwell. Remember “Room 101” which, as O’Brien informs Winston Smith, contains “the worst thing in the world”. The worst thing in the world varied from person to person. In Winston’s case, the worst thing in the world happened to be rats.

The first time I read this book I remember feeling that Winston was kind of a sissy for losing it over a couple of rats. Rats didn’t scare me that much, so they’d bite my face off, big deal. I wouldn’t have wimped out or anything. I couldn’t imagine anything that would scare the soul out of me like the rats did to Winston.

Until I had a couple of wisdom teeth removed and, during the procedure, I started pondering what would happen if the anasthesia suddenly wore off. What if they got a bad batch of Novocain and didn’t know it yet? What if the person working the nitrous tank was new and didn’t know how to properly operate the equipment? Things like that.

It was a few nasty minutes I shall never forget. Complete panic, cold sweat, tunnel vision, the whole nine yards.

It went away soon enough, I don’t know if the dentist could even tell what I was going through, but I knew that I’d found my “Room 101”.

Has anyone else found theirs?

P.S. I hope this topic isn’t too morbid for everyone, it’s my first. I thought I’d start at the bottom and work my way down.

Nick, when you’ve acclimated yourself, start where you left off the last time and work your way up. Otherwise, you’ll miss topics that are being replied to while you’re reading.

My room 101 would either be middle school, or the giant locust.

“His eyes are as green as a fresh-pickled toad,
His hair is as dark as a blackboard,
I wish he was mine, he’s really divine,
The hero who conquered the Dark Lord.”

Sure, I’ve read it…about 15 times. It’s where I got my sig, of course!
I think my “Room 101” would involve the circulatory system. Maybe they’d make me watch videos of blood going through capillaries, or cause my veins to bulge and poke at them, something like that. I’d probably betray everyone I know in the first second!

“Who controls the past controls the future; who controls the present controls the past.” --1984

My Room 101 would be spiders. Not the little ones, the big hairy ugly ones with fangs.


Dogs. Big strong fast black barking dogs with sharp teeth and foam around their mouths. As soon as I read that book I knew what mine was, I didn’t even have to think about it much.

“History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” -Winston Churchill