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Eyeball-Licking Is All the Rage in Japan, Which Means So Is Pink Eye

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Brett Rosner


By Brett Rosner on June 14, 2013


From the country that brought you Tamagotchis and bagel-heading comes ‘worming,’ the practice of licking your significant other’s eyeball. Wait, wait?

According to the Guardian, the craze is thought to stem from a music video by Japanese emo band Born. Now, the practice is spreading on social sites like Tumblr and YouTube. Here’s a video to show you how it goes:

So why are kids doing it?

One theory about why it has taken off so spectacularly is down to the sheer number of nerve endings in the cornea. The eyeballs are incredibly sensitive because they need to detect grit and other small particles, and the sensation of oculolinctus is supposedly akin to that of toesucking.

But if you were thinking that this may be for you, think again. Doctors warn the practice spreads pink eye like crazy and could scratch your cornea, which can lead to ulcers and even blindness. Hey, there’s even a thing called “eye-chlamydia,” which is real. That’s some serious business.

Let me tell ya, the Japanese are way ahead of the United States when it comes to discovering new orifices to play with. Hot.

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• Japanese Yo-Yo Player Wows Crowd With Mind-Blowing Routine

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