Crocodile Tears – UPSC Prelims

Crocodile Tears:
Around the world, the phrase Crocodile Tears is most often used for politicians who are seen as being fake and theatrical in their reactions to misery and suffering.
What makes the crocodiles cry while eating?
  • While eating the aggressive movement of jaws might be a possible reason for tears. As the movement forces air into the sinuses of the crocodiles and stimulates the tear glands. Hence, crocodile tears are not from emotional distress.
Can a human being also cry while eating?
  • In humans, there is something called “crocodile tear syndrome” or Bogorad syndrome.
  • It is a medical condition in which patients who are recovering from Bell’s Palsy shed tears while eating or drinking.
  • Bell’s palsy is a condition that causes a temporary weakness or paralysis of the muscles in the face. It can occur when the nerve that controls facial muscles becomes inflamed, swollen, or compressed. It can also occur due to a viral infection.
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