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Internet ‘somersault kiss’ craze dangerous, officials warn

AN Internet craze that has seen people getting injured trying to imitate the “turning a somersault and then kissing” move has prompted a warning from the Ministry of Public Security, which is advising netizens not to try it to avoid injury.

Two young lovers reportedly invented the move and uploaded pictures to Weibo around April 16. Since then, there have been many imitators.

The girl faced the boy and bent in front of him with her face close to the floor. He leaned over her back and grabbed her hands that she extended underneath her. He pulled her up in a somersault, and as she rotated, she latched onto his waist with her legs, coming up facing him and ready for a kiss, the photos showed.

The move soon went viral and created the frenzy of imitation among Weibo users. Friends, couples and even police officers joined the trend.

But not everyone could do the move. Online photos showed some hit the ground with their foreheads and some got scratches on their backs — or worse.

“It perfectly explains ‘No zuo no die,’” a female netizen said. She had a cervical vertebra injured when she tried the move.

“No zuo no die” is a phrase is of Chinglish origin. It means if you don't do stupid things, they won't come back to harm you. “Zuo” is a Chinese character that can mean “act silly or daring (for attention)”, according to the Urban Dictionary online.

On Monday, the Ministry of the Public Security warned netizens not to “show their love at the cost of life.” This move requires a great deal of strength, and without that, injury is likely, its Weibo site said.


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