A barber in the Chinese city of Chengdu does some hair-raising things to his customers ― like shave their eyeballs.
Xiong Gaowu is one of a few barbers still practicing the age-old “art”(?) of eyeball shaving.
Yep, you read that right: The 62-year-old actually puts a sharp razor right on the eyeballs of his patrons and scrapes off any dirt and residue that might be there.
While this procedure may appear terrifying, Xiong claims that he has never injured anyone in four decades of business. He also says that his treatment helps people to see better, though only if they are 30 years old or older. Apparently, those of us under 30 don’t have any bad stuff in our eyes.
Mr. Xiong said the eye hygiene method helps people see better. However, he only serves guests under the age of 30 because those below this age do not have dirt in their eyes.
Althia Blair is Strange News Chronicle’s overseas bureau chief, and hosts our weekly podcast. Before joining trange News Chronicle in 2011, Althia worked as a national political reporter for Postmedia News. She has covered many political events on and off since 2006, writing for Sun Media, and producing for CTV and for NPR.