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Are you ready for eyeball shaving?

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eyeball-shaving.jpgA 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.

As terrifying as this looks, Xiong claims that in 40 years of eyeball shaving, he has never injured anyone, according to

Eyeball shaving was used in hospitals in the early 20th century to treat trachoma, a bacterial condition that is the most common infectious cause of blindness in the world, according to the World Health Association.

Back then, eye shaving was a way to scrape away the ulcers and scar tissue under trachoma patients' eyelids, and stimulate the eyes enough to secrete a liquid that would moisten the eye sockets, according to the South China Morning Post.

But Qu Chao, deputy director of the ophthalmology department in the Sichuan Provincial People's Hospital, tells the paper that eyeball shaving is potentially dangerous, and has been phased out as other more cutting-edge ― and less cutting ― treatments have become available.

These days, the risk of trachoma can be reduced by improving sanitation and hygiene and can be cured with antibiotics.

Still, old habits die hard for some customers, such as the man who told the German news agency Ruptly that he sees results from each eyeball shave he gets.

London to host 2-day sex robot festival

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sex-with-robots.jpgA festival of SEX ROBOTS is coming to London after being banned in Malaysia for 'being too extreme'

There will be sessions on humanoid robots and electronic sex hardware

Other topics that will be covered include 'teledildonics', or cybersex toys

The event will run on 19th and 20th December at Goldsmiths, London

Conference was previously banned in Malaysia for being 'illegal'

Sessions will focus on a variety of topics, from humanoid robots and teledildonics, which means cybersex toys, to intelligent electronic sex hardware.

'Within the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Human-Robot Interaction, the past few years have witnessed a strong upsurge of interest in the more personal aspects of human relationships with these artificial partners,' a statement from Goldsmiths says.

Registration is open for anyone wishing to attend, but it costs L200 ($244) for a full price registration, or L125 ($152) for a student.

Sex with robots is set to overtake human sex by 205, some have said.

But a robotics expert warned last month that robot sex could become addictive, and will someday even replace human-human sex entirely.

Like many other technologies that have replaced humans, robots could even surpass human technique, to become better lovers, he claims.

Speaking to the Daily Star, Joel Snell, a robotics expert from Kirkwood College in Iowa, said: 'Robotic sex may become addictive.

'Sexbots would always be available and could never say no, so addictions would be easy to feed.

'People will rearrange their lives to accommodate their addictions.'