TICKLING GETS SOME STICK!
ICKLING can be a dangerous business, I reported.
State laws of Virginia in the US say it’s illegal to tickle women. It’s also impossible to tickle yourself – apparently you don’t find it funny – but it can help bonding between couples.
Now Liz Sharp, of Netherton, adds another facet: “I understand that being tickled by a stranger does not create a response.”
Probably because it is not so much bonding as digital assault.
“Presumably, one needs to know the assailant, sorry tickler, to react. However, may I add that I have never been approached by, and indeed have never approached, a stranger to verify this ‘fact’!”
Quite right too, Liz. I can think of nothing more disturbing than being tickled by a six foot rugby player in a bus queue.
Mind you, I have had the odd moment in years gone by in the Market Hall when I thought I spotted a female friend and gave her a brief tickle around her waist. She was not amused and neither was I when she turned round and I realised she was a complete stranger.
Well, that was my explanation, m’ lud, and I’m sticking to it.