I went camping this past weekend with a few friends, and I heard something from a friend that boggled my mind. Apparently his parents - both Iranian - had each told him, in complete stone-faced seriousness and on separate occasions, that my friend was at risk for being killed by bears while camping… specifically, that the bears might lick him to death.
Apparently - and this is just what his parents told him, so don’t give me any funny looks - bears are known to sneak up on campers while sleeping, and having poked their heads into your tent and seeing your exposed bare feet, they’ll promptly begin licking your feet which will… well, details are sketchy at this point, but suffice to say that you die. Somehow both of his parents honestly believed that bears were known to lick human feet, and that this was deadly.
If I were to hazard a guess, maybe it’s the rough tongues of the bear licking the skin off your feet, reducing the soles of your feet to bleeding nubs, which you somehow wouldn’t notice in your deep slumber? Maybe the bear tickles you to death? Maybe you’d die of embarrassment?
In any case, have any of you heard about a supposedly widespread urban myth, specifically among Persians, that bears are known to lick people to death? My Google search for “bears licking feet” returned results too disturbing to describe, so I turned to you, the internet’s only reliable source.