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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

(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.

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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." (Read more weird news stories.)

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