Internet challenges are a way for online users to join together and take part in tasks that sometimes leave us laughing hysterically. But other times, Internet challenges are so off-the-wall, we can’t help but scratch our heads and wonder, “What were they thinking?” Some challenges are harmless, but others are just downright dumb.
The 100 Layers Challenge started off in the beauty community, and it was actually quite funny to see a bunch of beauty gurus apply 100 layers of their favorite products, ranging from lipstick to sunless tanner. But the challenge got out of hand when it transcended the beauty world, and other participants recreated it using duct tape, candle wax, Nutella and hair gel. What started off as a fun challenge turned into an absolute mess, but thankfully, no one was seriously hurt while participating.
Some challenges can be harmful if not done correctly. The Rotating Corn Challenge was completed successfully by one man, but other participants found out the hard way that mixing power drills with corn is definitely a bad idea. An unlucky man lost his two front teeth when his power drill was turned on, and another girl had a chunk of her hair ripped out directly from her scalp. If these incidents don’t deter you from doing this challenge, then I don’t know what will.
Some participants have even lost their lives after taking part in a viral Internet challenge. The Cold Water Challenge instructed people to jump into icy cold bodies of water. A Minnesota teen took on the challenge late one chilly night and drowned. Participating in this challenge runs the risk of hypothermia and death. It’s definitely not worth it!
In fact, many of these challenges have hidden dangers, like the Condom Challenge. This gross act involves snorting a condom through the nasal passage, and pulling it out through the mouth. If done incorrectly, you run the risk of choking or causing severe damage to the nasal cavity. The revamped version of the Condom Challenge is less harmful. It simply consists of filling a condom with water, and dropping it on your head. When done correctly, the condom creates a latex dome around the head and neck until it finally breaks and water is sprayed everywhere.
But the dumbest challenge of all would have to be the deadliest. The Pass Out Challenge is a game that has been played for years, but it wasn’t until recently when online users began uploading their pass out videos to the web that it really gained popularity. Those who have tried this challenge breathe heavily before covering their mouths, or they ask a friend to press down firmly on their chest until they go unconscious. This challenge has taken the lives of hundreds of people, including an 11-year-old boy who was found dead in a closet at his home.
We have seen some of the dumbest Internet challenges go viral. Which one is your favorite?