‘Tide Pod Challenge’ and more: 6 viral challenges that could make you lose faith in humanity

The year 2018 started some really terrible “challenges” that went viral. Many of them are dangerous to public health.

The year 2018 started some really terrible “challenges” that went viral. Many of them are dangerous to public health.

Here is a compilation of some of the most viral challenges encountered on social networks in recent years:

The final challenge asks people to place their arm over the extremely hot coils of a stove and (I guess) see how long a person can hold their arm over the hot coils before pulling it away. We can’t believe we have to say this, but don’t try this at home. This causes disfigurement to your limbs and potential burns that may not go away.

The most notorious of the challenges in 2018 is the “Tide Pod Challenge”. Called the “Forbidden Fruit” by some online, the trend is for people to ingest the pods and register to react on social media. The problem is that ingesting the pods is poisonous and a health hazard to a person, prompting many people to call poison control in response to the challenge. The “Tide Pod Challenge” stemmed memes, editorial musings, and even tattoos (I’m not kidding).

This one is kind of funny, but more importantly: it’s harmless. The trend is for you to find something at a Hobby Lobby store that can be used as a backdrop for a selfie or a photo taken by someone else. It has gained some viral status online, prompting many to share their artistic photos of their walks through the aisles of Hobby Lobby.

This challenge is truly unsettling but also a bit enigmatic. The challenge has been categorized by some publications as a form of cyberbullying aimed at tricking children into harming themselves for several days before committing suicide. The challenge also asks participants to carve a blue whale in their arms. Do not attempt this challenge in any form.


Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge

This challenge was pretty fun to watch when it’s been around for the past year, but it might cause some issues with your lips. Participants in this challenge would follow a series of steps to make their lips look like Kylie Jenner’s, but the end result caused more trouble than people expected. The Washington Post explains why this trend was concerning.

If someone tried to convince you to eat a spoonful of cinnamon, then they’re trying to get you into the cinnamon challenge. This challenge doesn’t taste good, can cause severe coughing and other issues, according to CNN.


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