Now and again one comes across something so egregiously stupid that one can't quite grasp it for a moment. One sits, reading the words or watching the video, and thinking, "This absolutely cannot - can't possibly - be true!" Sadly, all too often it is. (Follow the links below at your own risk!)
A groundbreaking 2013 study of how mice can taste with their testicles has resurfaced online. And now social media bozos are testing the theory, first published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, by dipping their genitals in soy sauce for the latest bizarre TikTok trend.
The study was apparently rediscovered by TikTok user Regan, who challenged male social media users to “please dip your ***** in something [because] it’s for science and I must know.”
Go figure: TikTokers were eager to lend their scrotums to science. One viral response — posted five days ago by user Alx James — depicts an intrepid gastronomer basting his **** with soy sauce (don’t worry, he doesn’t show the actual application) while sitting in his car with takeout grub. James says he was inspired by the portion of the study that claims “the amino acids inside soy sauce can also be detected by the *****.”
James also claims his testicular taste test was a success. “Oh my God, I can taste the salt!” exclaims the ecstatic experimenter, adding “that’s ridiculous” before the clip ends.
Needless to say, the viral vid racked up more than 800,000 likes and 9,000-plus comments from the peanut gallery. “When I was younger, I thought in 2020 we’d have flying cars but no it’s just guys dipping their junk in soy sauce,” mused one social media pundit.
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James wasn’t the only one to conduct the unorthodox experiment. Social media guru GayGod (a k a YouTuber Matthew Lush) seconded Alex’s findings in another viral vid, claiming to his 966,000 followers he could detect the soy sauce and orange juice.
However, much to some medical professionals’ chagrin, there’s no evidence “to back up any claims that men (of any species) can actually taste things through their junk,” Dr. Kieran Kennedy told Men’s Health.
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Y'know . . . when my momma and poppa raised me, they taught me a few things. One of them was that the good Lord gave me a tongue for a reason (well, for several reasons, actually). One of them was to taste my food. They didn't have to tell me that no other organ was designed to do that. I kinda figured that out for myself! I worked out quickly enough that my nether regions were designed for other purposes. Initially, they involved diapers and the filling thereof. Later . . . well, later things got more interesting!
Be that as it may, I have never felt even the slightest temptation to dip my nether regions into anything except water - preferably warm enough that it doesn't cause their rapid contraction (not to mention retraction). I have better uses for soy sauce and orange juice. They involve gastronomic utility and digestion. They do NOT . . . oh, never mind.
I'm a man of faith, so I do have a ready explanation for those who do these things. As the late, great Samuel Johnson put it (according to Boswell, anyway), "Quem Deus vult perdere, prius dementat". And no, he wasn't referring to a Toyota Prius!