The internet is full of crazy people. You can tell by the ridiculous kind of challenges you’ll find all over it, especially on Youtube. You don’t have to be crazy to do some of these challenges, but others are downright insane. It seems like every month or so there’s a new challenge going around be it on Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, or every other social media site. People would do these challenges as long as it will get them views or likes, but is it really worth and at what cost? And while there’s been plenty of challenges that have popped up over the years, here’s a look at some of the craziest challenges the internet has ever provided.
1. The Cinnamon Challenge
This challenge was popular back in 2012 and it required people to record themselves swallowing a spoonful of cinnamon powder in less than one minute without drinking any type of liquid. The trend gained traction quickly, with most of the videos of ending with kids spitting out giant clouds of cinnamon smoke. While cinnamon itself isn’t exactly dangerous (unless you had an allergy), there was still some dangers. Doctors warned that the challenge could cause choking, difficulty breathing and even respiratory problems.
2. The Hot Pepper Challenge
The hot pepper challenge while being one of the most obvious challenges you’d find on Youtube and the rest of the internet, is still one of the craziest challenges to pop up. While for many of us Malaysians, popping some chillies aren’t much of a challenge, the ones used in these challenges might give you some pause.
You definitely shouldn’t be trying this one without a glass of milk right next to you. Usually, these challenges involved eating a bhut jolokia pepper, a ghost pepper, Carolina reaper or any other ridiculously hot chilli pepper straight into your mouth. Often the case, people end up retching or drinking copious amounts of water after eating the pepper, but studies have actually shown that milk helps cool down your mouth a lot more than water does. Don’t even try doing this unless you really like your spicy and hot food, even then we don’t recommend it.
3. The Ice Bucket Challenge
Most challenges are usually for the views on whatever social media they’re on but sometimes, sometimes, there are challenges for that are done for a good cause. The ice bucket challenge was one of them. Everyone from normal people, celebrities, and even politicians got in on the fun of dumping a bucket of freezing cold water onto their head.
The main reason for the challenge was to raise awareness for ALS, or amyotrophic later sclerosis, a disorder that results in severe muscle deterioration, and it was mostly known as the ALS ice bucket challenge. The challenge was simple enough. You either donated to the ALS Association or dumped a bucket of cold water on your head, but a big credit to many of the people doing the challenge was they usually ended up doing both.
4. The Salt and Ice Challenge
While some challenges could be ridiculous and painful, some were downright dangerous. This particular challenge that came about, the salt and ice challenge, was one of the more dangerous challenges back in 2012. It involved putting a sprinkle of salt on your bare skin then holding an ice cube in that same spot for an extended amount of time.
Now if you know at least a bit of chemistry, this isn’t really a good idea. Mixing salt and ice can cause a chemical reaction that will give you a burning sensation. Do it long enough, and pain isn’t the only thing you’re going to be feeling as your skin can actually end up with serious burns and frostbite-type reactions. In fact, there had been some mishaps that happened to people that did the challenge, with some of them coming out of it with serious injuries.
5. The Tide Pod Challenge
The latest challenge to hit the internet not too long ago was the Tide Pod challenge. What’s a Tide Pod? It’s basically a kind of laundry deterget by the brand Tide. Yes, laundry detergent, and if you haven’t figured out what the challenge was yet, it basically involved challengers to basically bite into a Tide Pod.
Needless to say, this wasn’t exactly a good idea or even safe. We’re talking about laundry detergents here, used to washed clothes and containing god knows what sort of harmful chemicals in them. Many of these videos end with the challengers (which were mostly kids) spewing bubbly soap or the detergent out of their mouth and while this may seem funny initially, but if you think about it, the dangers involved are just ridiculous.
So there you have it, some of the craziest challenges ever on the internet. What do you think? Is it worth doing challenges for a bunch of views and publicity?