I still can barely believe this — I researched “eyeball shaving hoax” extensively before posting this. It is in fact a real thing, practiced in China, and apparently for hundreds of years if not thousands.
Meet Liu Deyuan, a barber (yes, a BARBER does this) who offers the ancient (and albeit abandoned) art of Eyeball Shaving at his little barber shop in Chengdu City, in west Sichuan Province, China:
Let’s recap really quickly here:
- There’s a barber in China who shaves people’s eyelids and eyeballs for about 5 yuan, which is $0.81 USD
- A BARBER IS SHAVING PEOPLE’S EYES AND FACES WITH THE SAME KNIFE
- A BARBER IS SHAVING PEOPLE’S EYES
- PEOPLE PAY TO HAVE THIS DONE.
From an article at ChiEnglish.com, bolding is mine:
First, Liu uses some water to rinse off the knife that he had just used to shave a customer’s head and pulled up a stool. Using his fingers to hold open the customer’s eyelids, he scraped the blade back and forth over the eyelid and then the eyeball. Then he took out another tool — a small rod, which he placed in the customer’s eye, sliding it back and forth in the upper eyelid like a windshield wiper. Liu repeated the process on the lower eyelid. When the left eye was done, he did the whole thing again on the right eye. The whole process took about 5 minutes.
Holy mother. Look at these tools – yeah, they look really sterile, don’t they!
I’m not sure what else to say but GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH. This practice has been abandoned by most, and is shunned by doctors for the risk of cross-contamination. Yeah, like cross-contamination is the only real issue here. WHat happens when ol’ Liu there sneezes while shaving ze eyeballs?!
I love the look on that dude’s face on the right in the photo above. That is the perfect “Caption THIS” image!