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Do You Know How Many 'Chuggas' You Say Before 'Choo-Choo'?

There comes a time in every person's life when they're faced with a question that has the ability to alter the course of their life forever, for instance, the question you think you know the answer to, but do you really?: How many ‘chuggas’ does one say before ‘choo-choo’ whilst imitating a train?

User @baption0, took to the popular forum Reddit with the seemingly simple question in the subreddit “Too Afraid To Ask”:

original poster question how many chuggas

“How many ‘chuggas’ are you supposed to say before ‘choo choo’? I've always said two, but now my kid is saying three. However, my kid's preschool teacher says one and it pisses me off that there aren’t enough chuggas for a choo; how's the train supposed to go anywhere?”

Our first reaction to this is that that teacher can go straight to hell, and we mean that with the utmost respect. But seriously, who sets their "chugga" rations at one? Monsters, and supermodels who eat six almonds for breakfast, that’s who. And while all of Reddit divided into several camps based on their agreed upon number of "chuggas" in the great "chugga" debate of 2019, all of them agreed that this teacher could piss off, or that the original poster’s child should be removed from class and sent to another school.

While we all have diverse opinions, it’s nice to see everyone come together to agree that one ‘chugga’ is just outright blasphemous.

When sorted by best responses, Redditors upvoted the answer 8 the most, but what is a reply on Reddit without some ironclad reasoning?

best answers for how many chuggas

Redditors came in hot to defend their claims, including a couple of actual railroaders who said it depends on whether the train is going uphill or not because they don't use as many "chuggas" in a down hill stretch of territory as they do climbing uphill.

science of chuggas
another railroader on trains going uphill

While scrolling through responses, another valid question arose: Where do you emphasize said "chuggas"?

How do you put the emphasis on chuggas

With answers ranging from 2 to 12, we were sad to not see my number represented, but after scrolling, we were happy to see that we had my own team among chugsplainers. The 6’ers.

But then we thought a little more and, as a parent, the amount of chugga's we will say before choo-choo highly depends on our mood. We all know the classic "skip a few pages of the book when our kids aren't paying attention so we can binge Netflix sooner" move, also known as SAFPOTBWOKAPASWCBNS (not really), and sometimes we only give a couple chuggas before tooting our own horn.

A quick Google search solidified my stance after discovering a book published in 1999 by DISNEY where the Author, Kevin Lewis, writes in two "chuggas" before a "choo-choo."

chugga-chugga choo-choo book 1999 by Kevin Lewis and Disney
Image: Amazon

Despite actual 'chugga' counts, most people agree that they must be in multiples of 2 or 4, but never an odd number.

No matter what side of this debate you're on, one thing is for sure.

This debate got you, us, and thousands of others to sit there and say "chugga."

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