Ain't nothing like a good challenge to test your gangster or a set of skills you might possess, but how far are we willing to go? The latest internet phenomenon, the Bird Box Challenge, derived from the film of the same name.
The movie Bird Box became popular over the 2018 winter holidays. Since its premier, the film has become notable for its blindfold scenes. Some people have attempted the challenge by doing simple activities, like household chores or playing sports—all while blindfolded. Others are doing dumb s**t, like driving cars.
#Birdbox challenge 💀💀💀 pic.twitter.com/2p0duqam0e— Ja〽️aR🎄 (@JMaLicous4U) December 30, 2018
Many of the challenges became so ignorant, Netflix even made a public appeal via Twitter:
Can’t believe I have to say this, but: PLEASE DO NOT HURT YOURSELVES WITH THIS BIRD BOX CHALLENGE. We don’t know how this started, and we appreciate the love, but Boy and Girl have just one wish for 2019 and it is that you not end up in the hospital due to memes.— Netflix US (@netflix) January 2, 2019
The Bird Box Challenge is not the only internet challenge to come under scrutiny for its dangerous antics, and all internet challenges aren’t foolish. Many are gut-busting, cute and charitable. Here are 10 attention-grabbing internet challenges that are both dumb and dumber, yet for better or worse.
1. The Cinnamon Challenge
This challenge actually predates YouTube, according to Know Your Meme. It originated circa 2000, and is not only harmful—it's painful as f**k. The challenge involves swallowing a spoonful of dry-ass cinnamon, which triggers your gag reflexes while causing you to ingest the powder into your lungs.
The ingredients for this challenge are:
1 tablespoon of cinnamon powder
1 cup of Caucasian courage
1 gallon of stupid
YouTube | Lanikin Malachite
2. The Condom Challenge
It is already sad enough that people don’t know how to use condoms, but misusing them is even sadder. The Condom Challenge hit the innanets in two parts: One part involved sniffing a condom through one's nostril and pulling it out the back of their throat. The second part involved using a condom like a water balloon, dropping it in such a way it wrapped around a person’s head and possibly suffocating them. So first it was dumb, and then it got dumber.
YouTube | Desus & Mero
YouTube | Danny Duncan
Just damn dumb.
Nothing under the sun is new anymore. Lying face down on difficult or illogical surfaces was already a thing when planking crept into pop culture. It was regarded as “playing dead,” planking grew into a trending sensation, and the surfaces became more and more ridiculous.
Planking's peak moment happened in 2008, with the Jay-Z and Kanye song "Gotta Have It."
“I wish I could give you this feeling, I’m planking on a million. I’m riding through yo hood, you can bank I ain’t got no ceiling,” Jay-Z raps.
Although planking as a challenge may have since died out, it has been immortalized in fitness workouts.
YouTube | Channel Ten
4. The Tide Pod Challenge
No commentary. This is just pure f**kery. All YouTube videos highlighting this clown s**t have been removed.
YouTube | Fox News
5. The Fire Challenge
This is where internet challenges go way to far. Using flammable products to set yourself ablaze is not gangster, it is concerning.
YouTube | Inside Edition
6. The Harlem Shake Challenge
This dance craze swept the nation when Bad Boy hall-of-famer G. Dep dropped his hit single “Special Delivery.” Like the song, the hyper-physical dance was infectious—and of course, challenging.
YouTube | Yoshii
7. The Mannequin Challenge
Similar to the Harlem Shake Challenge, the mannequin challenge grew with the popularity of Rae Sremmurd’s “Black Beatles” track. Usual performed in groups, it takes pausing dead in your tracks.
8. The "In My Feelings" Challenge
This is another challenge associated with a lit song. Drake’s 2018 hit “In My Feelings” is the backdrop to the dance craze created by Instagram influencer Shiggy of The Shiggy Show.
YouTube | Drake
We found KiKi yet?
9. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
This was by far the best one of the better internet challenges, due to its charitable effort. Millions were pouring large ice buckets over their heads for a good cause; celebrities got involved, too. Not only did it bring a greater awareness of Lou Gehrig's disease to the public, but since 2014, $115 million has been donated for medical research and services.
YouTube | The Muppets
10. The Plant-Based Challenge
Bey and HOV been vegan for a minute, but now they are challenging masses to get on board. As Blavity reported this past Thursday, the couple recently launched an app that eases vegan meal planning and shopping. Don’t y’all love it when Black folk challenge one another to be great? Let’s pull up in the new year on some better s**t, and leave all those wack challenges to the birds. How ’bout coming up with some new feats, like a Get Money Challenge, Feed the Homeless Challenge, Give a Fuck About a Black Woman challenge—I’m here for that.
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