Throughout the years, some strange, senseless, dangerous and ludicrous challenges have evolved through the internet. Some of these challenges include the cinnamon challenge and the Tide Pod challenge. However these challenges formed, and no matter the dangers of them, people still did them. Why? Most likely to get their 10 seconds of fame, whether that would be from completing the challenge or being hospitalized and making the local news. Either way, these challenges are still happening today and they need to stop.
Since 2017, there have been many internet challenges. How does this work? One person uploads a video, the video goes viral then other users on the internet attempt to do the challenge. The challenges usually don’t last too long, a few months at most. This is mainly because once one challenge is deemed uncool or over, another one sparks interest, and it is just a repeating pattern year after year.
Some challenges from 2017 were:
Invisible Box Challenge: Inspired by Justin Bieber, this challenge consisted of challengers pretending to jump over an invisible box.
The Mannequin Challenge: As the name suggests, this challenge was the act of getting a group of friends and freezing when doing tasks, acting like mannequins. The challenge was also not considered the “official” Mannequin Challenge unless it was filmed with the song “Black Beatles” by Rae Sremmurd.
The Bow Wow Challenge: This challenge started when rapper Shad Moss, or Bow Wow, posted a photo of a private jet on his Instagram page; the caption stated that he was on his way to New York City. However, it wasn’t really his photo, and followers began to respond to this deception with their own inspired images. The challenge was to post relationship goals, dream vacations and toy cars in a way to make it look like it was actually happening, but it wasn’t.
Even though 2017 was a rough year for challenges, 2018 took the prize for ridiculous challenges. Now, onto honorable mention challenges from 2018. According to Mashable.com, the “Best Internet Challenges from 2018”:
#InMyFeelings Challenge: This challenge erupted after singer/rapper Drake released his album “Scorpion.” Users started to dance to the song “In My Feelings.” The most iconic line was the beginning of the chorus: “Keke, do you love me?” Most challengers would do this challenge as they were coming out of a moving car. The challenger, usually the passenger, would hop of the car, no matter the speed, and do a sequence of moves to the song.
Dele Alli Challenge: After soccer player Dele Alli made an interesting, and complicated, hand gesture, challengers began to try to imitate the gesture. That is all.
What the Fluff Challenge: Probably my favorite challenge because it caused no harm. Pet owners would hold up a blanket, blocking them from their pet, and quickly hide behind a wall or door when they dropped the blanket. The furry friend panics and pure cuteness arises from these videos.
The Tide Pod Challenge: Challengers would eat, yes eat, Tide Pods and hope they wouldn’t die.
As more challenges will appear in 2019, hopefully no one will be senseless and put their lives, or others, in danger.
As these challenges have all gone viral, there have been a handful of Blackburn students who have done at least one of these challenges. As names were not given, there was confirmation. So, just a reminder, if a challenge is dangerous, be smart before an attempt is made.