Written by S. Bowyer

     Todd Carney, an NRL player, was recently dismissed from his $650k contract with the Sharks because of lewd conduct. While it was not broadcasted in some newspapers what this conduct was, others stated it was for "bubbling." At first this term was new to me, as I hadn't heard of instances of it -- or what it was. So what is it?

     Urban Dictionary, a website where people place in their own definitions -- often funny (and often containing adult content), was a place I checked. I figured the term was new, probably society-invented, and possibly on a user-driven site like Urban Dictionary. I found a great number of definitions for "bubbling", but another article I found confirmed it was the art of urinating into one's mouth. 

     The US news site, Vice, has since contributed it to be the invention of Australians.

     Some common social trends I can understand. One of the last was planking, where people try and lay flat over inanimate objects and have photos taken. While some found it hard to understand, I saw the artistic and creative endeavour of it. It was artwork that you didn't have to be a talented painter or sculpting genius to be involved in. In previous years, similar trends would include finger-painting in the 60s, unusual dance routines we learnt, or even the obsession with the Crazy Frog via ringtones, computer software, games, etc. But how does Bubbling become popular when there is no artistic value to it? 

     Carney's manager has publicly stated that the footballer did not drink his own urine, and that it was merely a photographic trick. "It's a setup, like when people stand in front of the Leaning Tower of Pisa," he said to 2UE radio.

     Carney told 2UE, “The person who took the photo contacted me this morning by text and said, ‘My phone got lost’ — supposedly — and that’s how the photo got out. It was meant to be a joke."


     It has since been considered something within the skating community, and several skateboard icons have spoken up in their experiences with Bubbling.

      21-year-old, "Roach", a popular skateboarder, states that he actually did the act of bubbling, and the photographic proof was placed on a social media site and then republished in a Queensland-based online skateboarding magazine.

      He said, "When you're a bit drunk, you tend not to think through things as clearly."

     Troy Weston told Vice magazine, "It's part of our everyday life. My dad actually taught me how to do it when I was a kid."

     He continued, "I was on tour in Austria, and this other skater, Frido, asked me if I would drink my own p**** for $136. So I explained it's common practice in Oz, and I did it right there and then. . . It took Frido a few days to master the art, though -- he had a weak flow."

     On the other hand, pro skater, John Ryder, told newspapers he hadn't heard of it. "Yeah, this doesn't happen in Oz, at all. Maybe one or two fruitcakes, but that's it. I skate and live in Australia, and have never heard of "bubbling" until today."

     Other commenters claim it was started in a mosh pit, when a young man was so overwhelmed by the effect the music and atmosphere had on him. "this dude straight up p***ed 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 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."

Jezebel.com, a news site with young influence says, 

     "Bear Grylls drank urine and ate fecal matter to survive, but what's the point if there's nothing at stake. And why urine specifically? Why aren't men, as a colleague pointed out, eating their own fecal matter or sucking on used tampons? These things are just as shocking and messy . . ."

      "The point of teen fads . . . is that they're supposed to be fun, get you high (in some way or another) for at least a second and make the olds feel just a little nostalgic for the fleeting gem that was their youth. This fad accomplishes none of those things and fails as a trend, fake or otherwise. "


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