A young man from Kentucky was arrested and charged with criminal trespass and unlawful transaction with a minor, after he was caught in an abandoned building with several juvenile runaways and a bunch of alcohol.
However, that’s not what is making 18-year-old Micah Musser’s story go viral.
As Musser’s mugshot reveals, his neck is plastered with an absurd number of hickeys, the sight of which has caused a sensation on social media, reports The Smoking Gun. A hickey is “a temporary red mark on someone’s skin, often the neck, where someone has sucked or bitten it as a sexual act,” notes Cambridge Dictionary.
The same effect can also be achieved by other means, including “cupping therapy” — an ancient Chinese remedy that uses heated glass cups to create suction on the skin.
“The suction of the cup pulls the skin and tissues up and away from the body,” explains alternative health expert Mike Adams on NaturalNews. “Unlike accupressure or massage therapy, which compresses muscles and tissues, cupping therapy decompresses by gently pulling tissues outward.” He goes on to note that if you leave these cups on any area of your body for more than a minute, “they will produce a blood circulation pattern commonly called a ‘hickey.'”
Mostly likely, Musser got his profusion of hickeys the old-fashioned way, though the identity of the neck-sucker is not noted in the police report.
According to a court citation, the minors were found crashed out on the floor of the abandoned structure, which was strewn with “empty alcoholic beverage containers.”
Musser confessed to police that he and the minors had consumed the alcohol after gaining entry to the boarded-up property the evening before. He was then booked into the Louisville Metro Corrections jail, where his infamous hickey-laden mugshot was taken.
He should perhaps consider himself lucky. At least compared to the teenager in Mexico City who died after his hickey created a blood clot that resulted in a fatal stroke, as reported by Popular Science.
Dying from a hickey is highly unlikely, according to Charles Abrams, a hematologist at the University of Pennsylvania.
“I’m very surprised that a hickey could actually do this,” Abrams said when informed of the Mexico City case. He said it could happen if a person’s blood vessels are torn as a result of the hickey.
“But I think that would be pretty hard to do,” he added. “It has to be real trauma in order to cause an arterial clot, probably much more significant than the trauma that it takes to form a clot in a vein.”