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 balls 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 sack 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 balls.”
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.
“All the Asian food restaurants are wondering ‘why r so many people coming in for a packet of soy sauce?’ ” joked another.
“I wish I had balls so I could try this,” lamented one sad sackless TikToker.
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.
The Melbourne, Australia-based “mental health advocate” adds that while studies have shown that various tissues, including the testes, harbor taste receptors, there’s no proof “that any animal can actually ’taste’ via these receptors like we’d taste something from the mouth.”
However, in the realm of absurd social media trends, the soy-bagging experiment isn’t nearly as harebrained as gobbling Tide Pods, swallowing a pile of cinnamon powder or trying to sop up a pool with paper towels.
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