Blind spot: How a hoax about eye licking went global

The horror! Alleged eye-licking enthusiasts might wear patches like this actress in the 2012 Japanese film "Another."

(Credit: Kadokawa Pictures )

From giant robot statues to 90-member girl bands, Japan brews up odd fads faster than you can say Hello Kitty contact lenses.

So it’s hardly surprising that news of a new trend centered on Japanese kids who were licking each other’s eyeballs for kicks, and spreading pinkeye (aka conjunctivitis) in the process, made the rounds internationally two months ago. It was just too good to resist.

The trend was reported everywhere from Japan to the U.S., Europe, and Africa by sites from The Huffington Post to The Guardian, the Nigerian Tribune, and CNET sister site … [Read more]

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