The Japanese seem to have everything on trend. Whilst some fads take a strong hold on society, others fail to become incorporated into mainstream culture. Whether it is fashion, technology or crazy fads, the Asians are the first to try anything, and I mean….anything! So it is no surprise that the Japanese are the ones to start the act of ‘door knob licking’. Yes, you read it right, door knob licking.
The trend, that has unsurprisingly managed to go viral on social media sites and blogs, has left many wondering what on earth has happened to society. It could just simply be a bit of fun, a sick joke that has caught the attention of the general public. However, judging by the look on some of the participant’s faces, this is much more than a joke; this is hot!
I personally will not be rushing to the nearest door to get a lick of a handle any time soon but for anyone who is, be careful of the following risks:
· They’re dirty and covered in germs!
· Pulling or straining your back on the way down!
· Doors can open two ways…..it’s dangerous!
· It’s just silly! You may just be taken away by the psychiatric police!
The Japanese haven’t only come up with this latest trend. They have masterminded a number of others which have all had us jumping on the bandwagon! Here are a few examples for you to think back and remember:
1 – HELLO KITTY! The childish, very pink yet perfectly acceptable fashion accessories took the world by storm in the 1990’s with even fully grown women indulging in a little cartoon cat orientated clutch bag.
2 – Tamagotchi. The portable game character was not only addictive but a great distraction for all those teenage girls hoping to get pregnant before society would deem it acceptable.
3 – Nintendo DS. What on earth did young people do before these things came along? Only God can answer that as now the majority of children walk around with the game console attached to their hands.
4 – Sushi. Raw fish? Once a bizarre cuisine, now a fashion trend.
5 – Hair straightening. Now I really wouldn’t begrudge them for starting this trend off. Whilst many people used to pay over the odds for perms, the Japanese were thinking ahead; a life without frizz.
6 – Feet eating fish. We are now seeing more and more stores opening up across the country that charge an individual to have their feet nibbled upon by tiny fish. Apparently great for the skin, these fish get rid of dead and stray skin flakes……nice!
This is a guest post by Nicola Winters on behalf of HandleWorld, retailer of door handles.