None of them had the faintest idea of what I was talking about.
None knew anything about the rampant spread of disease.
It also catered to men with Lolita complexes, featuring depictions of not-so-innocent adolescent girls engaged in a variety of bizarre practices.
As chronicled by Schreiber, the eyeball-licking rumor took off when another Japanese web site (Naver Matome) reproduced the story, “cherry-pick[ing] the contents of the article to highlight the more shocking points related to schoolchildren” and embellishing it with suggestive but unrelated stock photographs of “vulnerable-looking adolescent girls wearing eye patches” and the like.
Ever-vigilant parents concerned about protecting their children from the world’s many menaces pick up such warnings and spread them far and wide, and no amount of convincing can disabuse them of the notion that a doctor or a policeman could possibly have repeated something that wasn’t true — especially not something concerning the well-being of their children.
An example of this type of phenomenon took place in June 2013, when many English-language news outlets in the U. and UK picked up and ran reports claiming that oculolinctus, an eye-licking fetish also known as “worming,” was “currently sweeping across the schools of Japan.” These news accounts typically presented the supposed fad as something real and widespread, warned of its potential medical dangers, and proclaimed that the activity was already responsible for a recent outbreak of deleterious health effects: Don’t do this.
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.
Bucchi News is produced by Core Magazine, a publishing company raided by police on suspicion of obscenity last when a variety of materials, including its office computers, were confiscated.
Four days later Core announced that two of its magazines, Komikku Megastore and Nyan2 Club, would suspend publication.
The fact that the tale-tellers have never participated in such activities or witnessed anyone else engaging in them, and may not know anyone who has even to have done whatever is being discussed, does not dampen the spread of such rumors or lessen their believability.
If anything, the rumors’ lack of substance only serves to spur their spread — after all, you can’t disprove the notion that something wild and forbidden is taking place if you can’t identify the when, where, and who of its supposed occurrence.