When I was a kid, I always noticed when teachers did the “lick your thumb to separate the pages when you’re handing out worksheets” thing.
I hated it.
I always dreaded being the kid whose paper was touched by the next fresh lick. I didn’t want my teacher’s spit all over my paper and possibly my hands, face, etc!
This especially happened when we had certain substitute teachers. I loved getting the lazy ones, because I knew they’d have a fellow student [or me] pass out papers and there would be no licking.
Cut to modern day: I was standing in one of our file rooms at work, sifting through a stack of paper and stamping each page.
The pages kept sticking together.
Without a second thought, I LICKED MY FINGER TO SEPARATE THEM AND CONTINUED ON.
I can’t believe I’ve become a finger-licker-paper-separator!