The headline (Seattle Times/Associated Press, January 31, 2009) was definitely a double-take inducer: “Japan to Tourists: Please Don't Lick the Tuna.” Definitely grosser than squeezing (or even licking) the Charmin, the mind boggles at what might have inspired this stark (if unfailingly polite — note the “please”) edict. Was there an epidemic of tongue-to-tuna contact that needed to be headed off? Well, no. Apparently, the headline referred to the actions of one British gent, who was ...

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