Is this the most stupid social media trend yet? Bizarre TikTok challenge sees men dipping their testicles in SOY SAUCE and claiming they can ‘taste it’
- The strange experiments were inspired by a resurfaced 2013 study that determined mice have a form of taste receptors in their testes
- A TikTok user named Regan came across an article about the study and urged her male viewers to ‘please dip your balls in something’ for science
- TikTok users Alx James and Matthew Lush both filmed themselves putting soy sauce on their testicles, claiming they could taste the salt
- Doctors disproved the myth, explaining that even though the testes have taste receptors, it doesn’t mean they can taste flavors in the traditional sense
PUBLISHED: 16:30 EST, 21 January 2020 | UPDATED: 16:52 EST, 21 January 2020
Men on TikTok are putting soy sauce on their testicles to see if they can ‘taste’ it after a study resurfaced online — but doctors insist that any sensation of flavor that they claim to detect is all in their heads.
The bizarre science experiments started after a TikTok user named Regan came across an article about a 2013 study that determined mice have a form of taste receptors in their testes.
‘Did ya’ll know that if a dude puts his balls in something he can taste it? He can taste it!’ she says in the clip, pulling up a DailyMail.com article about the groundbreaking study. +10
All in the name of science! TikTok user Alx James put soy sauce on his testicles and claimed he could ‘taste’ the salt during a bizarre experiment inspired by a resurfaced study TOP ARTICLES1/5READ MOREMother raves about Matalan anti-snorepillow and claims it’s the ‘best £6 she’s ever spent’
‘I wish I was kidding. I wish I was. I’m not. If you have testicles, please dip your balls in something,’ she urges viewers. ‘It’s for science, and I must know. Thank you.’
It turns out, there were a few guys who were willing to test out the theory in the name of science, including TikTok user Alx James.
In his own video, he explains that he was drawn to a portion of the study that stated the taste receptors on the testicles and anus can detect the amino acid in soy sauce.
‘I just went and got some soy sauce, and we’re going to do this little science experiment together,’ he says. ‘And don’t be nasty in the comments! This is the human anatomy.
‘But I’m not gonna put it on my anus,’ he adds. ‘I’m gonna let my little boys just try it out. I’m literally feeding my twins.’
After applying some soy sauce on his testicles, he starts laughing hysterically.
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Start of it all? A TikTok user named Regan came across an article about a 2013 study that determined mice have taste receptors in their testes, and she urged her followers to try it out
‘Oh my God, I can taste the salt!’ he claims. ‘That’s ridiculous.’
Another TikTok user Matthew Lush also claims to taste something in his video, though he admits he isn’t sure if it’s just his other senses a play.
‘Everyone is saying you can taste soy sauce with your balls, so I’m gonna try it and see if I can f**king taste this. This better not ruin my Calvin Kleins I swear to God,’ he jokes at the start of the video.
He starts to sense something, but he isn’t sure how to describe it.
‘I don’t know if I am just imagining this,’ he says, laughing. ‘I literally I don’t know if I just smell it and I taste it … Wait. What the f**k?’
After the videos started going viral, Dr. Kirten Parekh, a 31-year-old foot and ankle surgeon in New Jersey, made his own TikTok clip discrediting the claims. +10
Hard to tell: TikTok user Matthew Lush also claimed to taste something when he put soy sauce on his testicles, though he admitted he wasn’t sure if it was all in his head +10
Debunked: Dr. Kirten Parekh, a 31-year-old foot and ankle surgeon in New Jersey, made his own TikTok clip discrediting the claims
‘This has more to do with male fertility and spermatogenesis,’ he explains. ‘The functional implications of taste receptors distributed throughout the body are still unknown. Chances are you won’t “taste” anything in your dip experiments.’
‘Just because you have taste buds in that area doesn’t mean you can physically taste those flavors,’ he told BuzzFeed News. ‘Your body might receive it, but you won’t have a perceptive taste of sweet, sour, or whatever flavor.’
Dr. Kieran Kennedy, a psychiatrist in Melbourne, Australia, agreed, telling Australian Men’s Health that while studies have shown that various tissues — including the testicles — have taste receptors, none of the research has proved that any animal can actually ‘taste’ via these receptors.
He does, however, have an explanation for the salt the TikTok users thought they were tasting when they put soy sauce on their testicles.
‘When you think about it, even if you imagine or anticipate tasting something salty (like chips) or sour (a lemon), then you’ll notice your mouth water and even a potential hint of a taste,’ he said. +10
Candid conversation: ‘Just because you have taste buds in that area doesn’t mean you can physically taste those flavors,’ Dr. Parekh explained +10
Explanation: Dr. Kieran Kennedy, a psychiatrist in Australia, noted that both smell and a mental memory of the taste of soy sauce is likely what caused the flavor sensation in their mouths
‘Add that to the fact that these guys are probably getting a big whiff of soy sauce as they “prepare,” and it likely explains away any reported “taste” experience.’
As its popularity continues to grow, TikTok has become the starting point for some of the biggest viral experiments.
People from around the globe have also been taking to the app to film themselves eating milk and cereal from a friend’s mouth.
Eating out of someone’s mouth or putting soy sauce on one’s testicles is a relatively harmless, albeit messy, experience, making the latest social media trends far safer than some of it’s equally bizarre predecessors.
The potentially-fatal ‘Tide Pod Challenge‘ that went viral at the end of 2017 had teens filming themselves eating Tide Pod laundry detergent capsules, leading health officials to warn against participating in the craze after a spike in ingestion cases.
Even more alarming, the ‘Bird Box Challenge‘ inspired by Netflix’s hit thriller Bird Box led to people attempting everyday tasks blindfolded — including driving.