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What gives you goosebumps?

Asked by poofandmook (17272points) September 8th, 2008

What makes the hair on your neck stand on end and gives you the shivers every time you encounter it? A song? Movie scene? The sight of someone, something, or someplace? A sound? A smell? Either good, bad, or even creepy?

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Bri_L's avatar

a wonderful woman holding my hand or looking into my eyes, rubbing my neck or shoulders.

That’ll do it every time.

scamp's avatar

This I first saw it right afterwatching my Father die, and it has given me the chills ever since. I had nightmares about it for 6 months.

marinelife's avatar

A kiss at the base of my neck, right between my neck and shoulder gives me shivers of excitement.

A photo of a tarantula or other large spider gives me the creeps.

The sight of Mt. Rainier never fails to fill me with awe.

allengreen's avatar

you give me goosebumps baby!

marissa's avatar

Ice (especially when dumped down my shirt) no one else had mentioned it, I had to

Seriously, when someone tells me a gut wrenching story about something that happened to a child or an animal.

poofandmook's avatar

my answer, which I forgot to include in the question, is going to sound silly… but… “Dear Mr. President” by Pink, and the last scene in Philadelphia at Andy’s apartment.

allengreen's avatar

removed by me…

augustlan's avatar

The rays of the sun, shining through the clouds, over the mountain tops (something I always think of as “the hand of God”). A beautiful voice in song. My husband’s fingers trailing down my back.

generalspecific's avatar

lots of different songs. i get chills with music alllll the time. and the album destination: beautiful by mae… oh the memories

gailcalled's avatar

Among other things, turning on NPR and hearing Fischer-Dieskau singing Die Erlk├Ânig

Bri_L's avatar

@ poofandmook – is that the part where he is speaking with the opera in the back ground? because that always does it for me.

poofandmook's avatar

no, the very last scene with the home movies.

dollfacee's avatar

listenin to a song that ‘makes you think’
example- self conclusion by the spill canvas, no matter how many times i listen to it the end always gives me the goosebumps.

susanc's avatar

Not only the back of my neck, but something equivalent to male gonads shrinking up
at the pit of my, uh, torso – all the organism recoils in total terror if I look over the edge of
something high.

JackAdams's avatar

Fingernails on a blackboard.

dollfacee's avatar

ohhh, and when people rub their fork against their teeth.

Bri_L's avatar

eeeek or their fork squeeks on their plate.

My father-in-law does that all the time. I would rather he just lick the damn plate off.

marinelife's avatar

Did anyone else have trouble getting gailcalled’s link to work? Here is the performance.

Bri_L's avatar

worked for me.

8lightminutesaway's avatar

lots of movies. like in “the fountain” when ****SPOILER ALERT****
his wife died in the hospital, gets me every time.

****END OF SPOILER***

or in “We Were Soldiers” when they tell the black lady that her husband has died and she’s like “nuh uh, no, no! nuh uh!” and then proceeds to cry.
I took a skydiving class (got college credit too!) and we watched some videos that really gave me goosebumps. landing a huge jump on a snowboard. lots of songs do, like “your own disaster” by taking back sunday.

JackAdams's avatar

I asked a buddy this question one time, and he said he got “major goosebumps” when his GF told him she was pregnant.

And then told him she was really 15.

flameboi's avatar

the government!

trumi's avatar

Honestly, Sarah Palin gives me them. So does Meryl Streep, Cindy McCain, Hillary Clinton, Elton John….

Plastic women in pant suits give me the heebie jeebies.

gailcalled's avatar

Marina: thanks for catching that UTube URL. You found the one I thought I had ID’d correctly.

emilyrose's avatar

@trumi—- in a good way or a bad way?

scamp's avatar

@trumi, then don’t look at this, ha ha!!

What’s worse than a woman in a pantsuit? A Man in one. J/K ha ha!!!

jca's avatar

someone kissing the back of my neck.

marinelife's avatar

@gc Thanks for sharing that. Being a tenor woman myself, it did not quite give me goosebumps, but it did give me a very enjoyable interlude in an otherwise rotten day.

gailcalled's avatar

Do you know the translation of Goethe’s poem That’s part of the beauty and terror of the lieder and the singer’s interpretation.

http://german.about.com/library/blerlking.htm

For something slightly different, try either Beethoven’s Waldstein or Schubert’s Trout Quintet or any of the three pieces Mozart wrote for clarinet. (along with some ice cream.)

trumi's avatar

@emily: In a bad way. Remind me of my alcoholic grandmother.

@scamp: Exactly.

generalspecific's avatar

just saw a live show of the austrailian pink floyd on tv and i must say the soloist on the great gig in the sky most definitely gave me goosebumps.

shrubbery's avatar

I get shivers watching elite rowers race 2km in 5 and a half minutes.

jca's avatar

my doctor gives me goosebumps. hello doctor. you know w ho you are.

thriftymaid's avatar

It’s not what, it’s who.

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

Listening to a really great song by someone who can get a lot of power behind their voice.

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