New Japanese Fad: Eyeball Licking
Not only gross—it also spreads pinkeye
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Jun 14, 2013 6:01 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The hot new thing amongst Japanese teens? Licking each others' eyeballs. Also known as "oculolinctus" and "worming," it's a sexual thing, and was probably inspired by a music video clip (it's at 3:30; you know you want to look), reports ABC News. Apparently, an increasing number of Japanese middle schoolers were showing up at school wearing eye patches, and no one knew why—until a teacher finally caught two young lovers in the act. After the school quizzed the entire sixth grade, he learned a third had participated in eyeball licking, and he shared the news on a Japanese social media site, Shanghaiist reports.

The reason for the eye-patches? Eyeball licking is a great way to get pinkeye. "When you get licked on the eye, you’re transferring dangerous bacteria to the eye," an ophthalmologist tells ABC. "It’s a very dangerous trend, to say the least."

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EdwardEllis
Jun 20, 2013 12:49 PM CDT
Jesus.
heyyouyou
Jun 19, 2013 7:01 PM CDT
Copycats...
crankydude
Jun 19, 2013 7:49 AM CDT
did it in the 70s. Journalist just don't have much fun. "Missed the Saturday hop. Heard they crowded the floor. Couldn't bare it without you. Don't get around much anymore"