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WARNING: The following challenges listed are absolutely NOT to be partaken in, as they are either dangerous or illegal. If you take part in any of these challenges then know that this wiki is not responsible for your actions (and frankly, you deserve it if it backfires).
"A huge number of children are being exposed to suggestions about how to kill yourself. There is nothing funny about it. There's nothing cute about that and it's extraordinarily harmful."— Douglas Goldsmith when talking about the Momo Challenge
Internet Challenges feature Internet users recording themselves taking a challenge and then distributing the resulting video through social media sites, often inspiring or daring other users to repeat the challenge. They are oftentimes worth several memes of popularity, depending on the virality of the challenge. Most of the time, they are dangerous, but not all of them.
List of challenges
- Cinnamon Challenge
- This involves filming oneself eating a spoonful of ground cinnamon in under 60 seconds without drinking anything. This creates a serious health risk as cinnamon coats and dries the mouth and throat which may result in irritation, pneumonia, a damaged lung, etc.
- Tide Pod Challenge
- This involves the consumption of Tide Pods - a laundry detergent pod - and needless to say, it's toxic.
- Ghost Pepper Challenge
- The Ghost Pepper, or "Bhut Jolokia", is one of the hottest and most-painful-to-consume chillies in the world. One poor guy ended up having a hole burned through his esophagus after attempting the challenge.
- Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge
- For this challenge, one's required to insert their lips into a shot glass, small jar, or bottle, then suck out the air, creating a vacuum. The hope is they'll end up with pouty lips like the reality TV star. This may not have lethal results, but can still result in injuries.
- ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
- This famous challenge involves dumping of a bucket of ice and water over a person's head, either by another person or self-administered, to promote awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and encourage donations to its research. While most people who did it donated money to the ALS association (around 100 millions of dollars were raised), there are still people who did it without donating and just to get popularity.
- Don't Judge Challenge
- This one is more silly than harmful, the participant records oneself at a close-up angle while wearing heavy makeup to appear as unattractive as possible, before transitioning into another self-portrait in which the he/she is shown in their most photogenic form. This started out as a campaign to combat body shaming.
- Knockout Challenge
- It involves knocking the other participant out to win, comes with a disclaimer that it may cause brain damage.
- Fire Challenge
- As its name suggests, it involves setting oneself on fire using flammable liquids such as witch hazel, hand sanitizer, nail polish remover, etc.
- Bird Box Challenge
- Where individuals wearing blindfolds while trying to do ordinary activities just like in the movie, causing injuries to some. In January 2019, a 17-year-old girl in a blindfold taking part in the craze drove into oncoming traffic in Utah and crashed her car, prompting state police to issue a warning same as Netflix.
- White Baby Challenge
- A challenge that was apparently created by white supremacists in order to trigger SJWs.
- Charlie Charlie Challenge
- A modern incarnation of a Spanish paper-and-pencil game called Juego de la Lapicera. Like a Magic 8-Ball, the game is played by teenagers using held or balanced pencils to produce answers to questions they ask. Teenage girls have played Juego de la Lapicera for generations in Spain and Hispanic America, asking which boys in their class like them.
- Ouija Board Challenge
- A flat board marked with the letters of the alphabet, the numbers 0–9, the words "yes", "no", "hello" (occasionally), and "goodbye", along with various symbols and graphics.
- Players take turns asking questions and then "wait to see what the planchette spells out" for them.
- Condom Challenge
- Type 1: Inserting a condom into one's nostril, snorting it back through the throat and coughing it out of the mouth. Choking hazard.
- Type 2: Filling a condom with water and dropping it on the participant's head to... test its elasticity?
- Type 3: Manually stretching a condom directly over one's own head. Choking hazard!
- The original rules of the game require the participants to film themselves drinking a pint of an alcoholic beverage, usually beer, in one gulp and upload the footage to the web. But it became more and more extreme as time passed.
- Salt & Ice Challenge
- Participants pour salt on their bodies, usually on the arm, and ice is then placed on the salt. And, yes, it hurts - a lot.
- One Finger Challenge
- Unlike other challenges, this challenge is more pacifistic than others. Participants have to take nude selfies of themselves in the mirror, but with only one finger covering the obscure parts.
- Yoga Challenge
- Just like the One Finger Challenge, no suicidal elements are involved, although it requires a lot of flexibility to do. Two or more participants combine yoga poses where the second yoga pose is performed on top of it and onward. (For example, Participant one is doing a headstand pose while Participant two is doing a scorpion pose on top of Participant one.
- Roundabout to Death Challenge
- Participants sit on the middle of a roundabout as it spins at high speeds using the rear of a motorbike. To put in perspective, the G-force that is experienced in this challenge is normally experienced by astronauts or fighter pilots in controlled environments. Injuries related to G-force excess in a non-trained average person.
- George Floyd Challenge
- This challenge involves two people (mostly whites). One lies down, and the other puts his knee on the person’s neck, basically representing George Floyd’s death. Not only this is disrespectful towards George Floyd and his relatives, but it is also extremely racist.
- Benadryl Challenge
- The challenge has the participant eat about 12 to 14 benadryl pills in one sitting, causing them to get high and start to hallucinate. Not only is this challenge very dangerous, but it can be very fatal for those that take part in the challenge.
- COVID-19 Challenge
- Momo Challenge
- This challenge involves participants contacting a stranger concealing themselves as "Momo" using apps such as Facebook's owned messaging app WhatsApp. Momo will encourage the participant to complete various tasks that include self harm to avoid being "cursed" by Momo. The participant will have to provide evidence to continue the challenge. The challenge ends when the participant takes their own life and then record it to social media.
- Eraser Challenge
- This challenge involves participants using an eraser and rubbing it on their skin as hard as possible while reciting the alphabet or other phrases. The result of the challenge is burns and skin abrasions, which could be infected.
- Banana Peel Challenge
- The challenge has a person slipping on a banana peel, trying to recreate the cliched banana peel fall from the cartoons. Surprisingly, this results in people suffering injuries such as increased morbidity and even mortality in some cases through concussions, head traumas, fractures, and potential long-term disability.
- Hot Wax Challenge
- This challenge involves a person covering their faces with wax. After a period of time, they would remove the wax. However, wax can sometimes get into a person's nostrils and ears.
- Saltine Cracker Challenge
- Participants have to eat six saltine cracker within a minute without drinking. This creates a risk because the saltine crackers quickly exhaust the saliva in the mouth. Even though the crackers can fit inside the participant's mouth all at once, it's very difficult to swallow the crackers with a dry mouth.
- Car Surfing Challenge
- The term "Car Surfing" was introduced in the mid-1980s, which involves riding outside of a moving vehicle which is being driven by another person. The term has been popularized from the hyperactive movement as seen in the fad of ghost-riding, except the vehicle remains under control of another person. This challenge involves one person riding on an outside of a vehicle; mainly a car. This challenge has resulted numerous deaths, mainly caused by head injuries. Examples of car surfing include: Riding on a moving vehicle such as the roof, the rear, on the side of the vehicle, etc.; Riding in the box or cargo space of a truck or a pick up truck; Holding onto or being pulled by a moving vehicle; or riding a sofa, a skateboard, a sled or any other object hitched or tied to a moving vehicle.
- The Floor Is Lava Challenge
- The viral challenge, known as Hot Lava, is a challenge which players pretend that the floor or ground is made of lava. Players must avoid touching the pretended lava, as touching the ground would kill the player if they touched the lava. The challenge is still going on to this day, even when we are in a pandemic.
- Banana Sprite Challenge
- The challenge involves the participant eating two bananas and then drink a bottle/can of Sprite without vomiting. Since there are bananas in participant's stomach, then the participant just drank a can/bottle of Sprite. The carbonation in the Sprite expands/bloats the participant's stomach with gas created by the fizzy part of the Sprite, which causes participants to have a very high chance of throwing up. It's the equivalent of gas forcing the food up and out of your digestive system.
- Blue Whale Challenge
- A challenge consisting of players being assigned to a series of tasks for fifty days, tasks start off fairly easy such as listening to certain genres of music to watching horror style movies. As the days progress, the tasks get more and more difficult, including staying up until all hours of the night to mutilating the skin along with carving a whale symbol on their arm. The final task where the challenge ends is when the player commits suicide. If they accept the challenge and refuse to do the task given by the administrator, the administrator of the challenge will dox the player by releasing, publishing, sharing, and/or post extremely personal information or highly-sensitive content online from the player's account.
- Outlet Challenge
- This challenge involved the participant, who would insert a penny into a partially inserted plug which would cause the outlet to spark, possibly frying the wiring or even causing a fire.
- Autism Challenge
- A challenge that originated from TikTok, the challenge simply encourages people to make fun of autistic people.
- New Teacher Challenge
- The challenge involves sending a photo of a disabled person (as their student's new teacher) to the student, the student would normally act negatively (normally by crying or acting out of fear).
- Skullbreaker Challenge
- The challenge involves three people standing next to one another in a straight file line. The person in the middle, jumps out of the air, the other people either sidekick out of the legs of the middle person, this challenge led to many people to go the hospital because of this prank.
Why It's Rotten
- Many idiots are inspired to take part in these challenges without a second thought.
- These challenges can lead to someone being seriously injured or even killed.
- Most of these challenges are mere publicity stunts that gain attention with their idiotic themes.
- There are no reasons to do them whatsoever other than following a dangerous-to-lethal trend.
- People who spread this kind of challenges never warn explicitly about the dangers of doing the challenge.
- The actions they do in the challenges range from questionable such as the Condom Challenge to illegal such as the Blue Whale Challenge.
- Some of these challenges can be unhealthy for the participants such as the Cinnamon and Saltine Cracker Challenges respectively.
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