Todd Carney trend: will 'bubbling' take off?
Todd Carney has been sacked for it and now people are posting photos of themselves drinking their own urine in support of the footballer.PT0M56S http://www.canberratimes.com.au/action/externalEmbeddedPlayer?id=d-3b3a6 620 349 June 30, 2014
Most people might assume "bubbling" is something a saucepan does, not a footballer.
Todd Carney, an NRL player with champagne skills but decidedly less-refined tastes, helped turn that innocent idea on its head at the weekend and may have recruited others to the cause.
Todd Carney's infamous "bubbling" photo.
The Cronulla No.6 was photographed allegedly sampling his No.1 at a hotel urinal, sparking a social media storm and swift action by club officials.
It also drew attention to reports of a purported new trend – one that went largely unnoticed when Vice, an online magazine wrote about the alleged phenomenon a week ago.
But even if these sarcastic skaters were duping Vice, Carney's antics appear to have inspired online imitators on Monday morning.
People have reportedly posted a stream of photos to the Facebook group "Piss in your mouth for Todd Carney", claiming to show themselves replicating his behaviour.
The posters and Facebook are engaged in a game of cat-and-mouse, with new pages popping up as soon as existing ones are taken down.
It is called "bubbling". And apparently it’s "huge" in Australia.
"It’s part of our everyday life," skater Troy West told Vice.
"My dad actually taught me how to do it when I was a kid."
It is worth noting that Vice – which has been covering the supposed benefits of gargling urine since at least 2012 – is no stranger to controversy.
And others have already speculated that West, in claiming it to be "common practice" among skaters, is simply courting the same.
The exercise earns no mention among the 7 million entries of the Urban Dictionary, in which bubbling is otherwise described as a rather racy photo editing technique.
So is this really a thing? Or, as every wag with a Twitter account put it, are they "taking the piss"?
West refused to say when contacted by Fairfax Media, offering only: "The Vice magazine article speaks for itself.
"Skaters like to provoke reactions from laymen, I guess," he had told the magazine.
But a separate incident stands as a warning that popular culture may not have bottomed out at planking.
The website Metal Insider writes that fans at a Melbourne gig of American hardcore punk band Trash Talk were left stunned this month when "this dude straight up pissed into his own mouth in the middle of the mosh pit".
"It went everywhere," the witness, Adon1kam, continued. "All down his shirt and in his hair, he seriously went for for like a solid minute. It was feral. And yes he just went on like nothing happened afterwards, it was one of the funniest/strangest/most disgusting and confusing things I’ve ever seen in my life."
There are pictures of that incident, too. Carney is yet to offer any insight into what might go through someone’s mind in such a moment.
But the image that has cost him his career, if genuine, would still not make the 28-year-old the first high-profile figure to bring the digestive process full circle in front of a camera.
British adventurer and television presenter Bear Grylls has imbibed his own urine via a rattlesnake skin flask, downed faecal liquid extracted from elephant dung, snacked on deer poo and rehydrated by way of an enema (while rafting).
"It’s amazing what you can do when you’re hungry," Grylls has said.