…you may find it hard to understand: the bagel-head.
It’s all the rage in Japan, where it seems that bagels (the real ones) have become quite popular. One picture is worth many words:
This lovely visage is the result of saline injections coupled with pressing the thumb afterwards into the center of the forehead to create the “hole.” The effect only lasts for 16-24 hours until the saline is absorbed, but it’s quite adorable, don’t you think?
Of course, you could also get a similar look by falling flat on your face, as I did. And it would last a lot longer, too; take it from me.
Lest you imagine that this sort of strangeness is limited to the youth of Japan, just think of all the piercings and tattooings you see regularly in this country, and how extreme they’ve gotten. It’s a race to outdo each other in outrageousness, although the Japanese just might be going for the gold.
I’ve already explored the ubiquitous nature of the human desire to not let well enough alone in regard to the body. There seems to be a deep need on the part of many to torture and push it to the limit with novel ways to enhance what’s thought of as beauty, to wit: foot-binding, lip plates, neck rings, corsets, padding, higher and higher heels, and tattoos and piercings of the wildest variety.
Compared to that, a 24-hour bagelhead doesn’t seem so bad.
[Hat tip: Althouse.]