The new viral teen video challenge has arrived

Teens eat banana peels, candy wrappers and more in a new viral competition dubbed the ‘Shell Challenge’.

Much like the “Tide Pod challenge,” where teens filmed themselves eating pods of laundry detergent, the shell of the challenge is primarily a Snapchat video craze.

While not as dangerous as ingesting laundry detergent, this new challenge is just as strange.

The teens posted videos of themselves and their friends eating banana peels, apple hearts, plastic wrap, cardboard boxes and more.

Liam Hamm, a sophomore at McClintock High School in Tempe, participated in the challenge by biting into a plastic bag of carrots. His friends captured him in a Snapchat video.

Hamm said there is a national Snapchat story that includes clips of people across the country running the shell on challenge. Most people just bite into an orange or banana peel, but some teens, like Hamm, take it a step further, he said.

“It sounds funny, because it’s not really a seashell but people call things seashells. I guess that’s what’s funny about it,” he said.

Hamm said the funniest shell of the challenge he’s seen so far is someone biting into a lemon peel. Lemon juice squirted in their eyes.

He said he wasn’t sure how the challenge came about, but he’s happy to see it replace the Tide Pod challenge, which he said he would never participate in.

“It’s the Tide Pod challenge minus the fact that it’s not dangerous,” he said.

Hamm admitted that ingesting plastic, like he did, is probably not good for you. But just eating the peel of a banana, like most people do, is not harmful.

Twitter users, however, were not kind to the teens who chose to participate.

“Why do I live in a generation where challenges like the shell challenge exist,” one Twitter user posted.

“I was wondering why baby boomers were judging GenZ until I saw a ‘shell on challenge’ thread. After 12 videos of high school kids eating bananas with the skin on … I can finally say I identifies me with the baby boomers, ”posted another.

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