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If someone says eye-licking is causing infections, check it out

I wrote a blog entry for Copyediting about the failure of a reporter and editors at the Guardian to check the sources on a story about a newly popular eye-licking fetish causing an increase in eye infections in Japan. The fetish exists, though it’s hard to tell how prevalent it is.

But the story’s news peg, the increase in eye infections, is not supported. The story was posted in June, and the mea culpa by the Guardian’s readers’ editor came on Sunday.