Old Wives' Tales
Radio & TV
Toxin du jour
Legend: A young lady's last "eyeful" as a single woman proves to be more than she bargained for when it's discovered her inflamed eye is the result of a body louse from a stripper.
Example: [Healey & Glanvill, 1994]
Origins: This legend shows up in a 1993 collection of urban legends, putting paid to the notion of a radio DJ recently inventing the tale in an effort to start an urban legend.
The version quoted above is easy to dismiss as mere cautionary tale as pubic lice don't burrow in, they sit on the skin surface, sucking blood from there. In other forms of the legend, the louse lands in the girl's eye, causing immeasurable occular irritation, or it's found romping around in her eyebrow, where it retreated after being flung in her face. (Pubic lice do head for the hairy parts: the pubes, a head of hair, eyebrows, or a man's beard.)
The message of this legend is clear: about to be married or not, nice girls don't look at male strippers. Should they violate this rule, they are punished. In this case, the punishment is both creepy and embarrassing.
Cast your eyes downward, girls.
Barbara "especially in strip bars . . . otherwise, you'll miss the best parts!" Mikkelson
Last updated: 25 July 2005
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