The cinnamon challenge was an incredible popular meme for awhile. Rules were to try to swallow a spoon full of cinnamon without any water. That's it. Problem is ground cinnamon dries the throat and mouth, which will lead to coughing and gagging. It might be hilarious to see these reactions on video, but the challenge can still be incredibly dangerous. At the height of the challenge's popularity,U.S. poison control centers receivedmore than 120 emergency calls related to the "game." Participants sufferedlung scarring and ephysema. One person, on their fourth attempt at the challenge, suffered a collapsed lung.
Well, this one is something special. Those taking part in the banana Sprite challenge are required to eat two bananas and drink a 1-liter bottle of Sprite as fast as they can, and then try their best not to vomit it all back up. Most people failed. Similar versions of this challenge are the gallon challenge, which requires drinking a gallon of milk in under an hour and not throwing up. There is also the Mentos and Diet Coke challenge which means drinking the soda and eating the candies in under five minutes and not — you guessed it — throwing up.
No serious health consequences have sprung up from these challenges, but they're still gross. Why would you want to make yourself throw up?
When Kylie Jenner seemed to suddenly have plump lips, everyone wanted to know how they came to be. She claimed (and lied) that she had no cosmetic work done to them, so the internet tested some techniques that would lead to impossibly large lips. Therein came the challenge. Some people found that sucking on a shot glass would create a vacuum that would cause lips to plump up to a comically large size. YouTubers across the world then filmed their attempts at the shot glass challenge. It made for a lot of plumping, saliva and views. It was gross. It was also dangerous. Shot glasses can break, lips can be bruised, and sometimes they bust.
A woman in China was left with a bald spot after taking part in the challenge. She was told that it would grow back normally, but it will be a painstakingly long process.
Many people have criticized the challenge as being unsafe and dangerous because, well, you're putting a power drill near your mouth. But we're pretty sure those warnings were about tooth damage, not sudden, premature balding.
There is absolutely no indication the fire challenge is remotely safe to do. Participants cover themselves with nail-polish remover, set themselves on fire, and try to put the flames out as quickly as possible. It hurts every time. You're guaranteed first-degree burns at a minimum, and third-degree burns on average. An endless amount of teenagers have found themselves in the hospital because of this challenge. Doctor's have already issued a warning multiple times.
The eraser challenge predates the internet. It's a classic endurance challenge that's taken place in school yards and on school buses for years. The challenge was the rub the eraser on your skin and say a word for each letter of the alphabet until you couldn't handle the pain anymore. Then you'd challenge a friend to reach a higher letter than you. In the end, you'd compare red marks on your arms, and decide who is the cooler grade schooler.
Kids are dumb. After the eraser challenge found new popularity on YouTube, some people took the challenge too far. Erasers are able to do real damage on the skin, tearing it apart with each rub. When skin breaks, it becomes prone to infections. One junior-high student had to be hospitalized after his eraser challenge injury became infected. He went into toxic shock and had to be placed in a coma.
In the duct-tape challenge, a participant is wrapped in duct tape and then tasked with getting out of it. Sounds simple enough. One group of teens had a pretty harmful experience, thought. Skylar Fish and his friends were taking on the challenge. When it was Fish's turn, he experienced serious injuries.
"Fish, whose arms and legs were bound while standing, fell and crashed onto concrete, causing bleeding in his brain and crushing his cheekbones and left eye socket."
Fish couldn't break his fall, and as a result, experienced a severe brain injury and a seizure. He was left with 48 staples in his head and is permanently blind in one eye.
The salt-and-ice challenge requires participants to put salt on a part of their body, usually their arm, and then put ice on top of the salt. It creates a burning sensation, and the challenge is to see how long you can withstand the pain. The mixture of ice, water and salt creates a eutectic frigorific mixture which can grow as cold as âˆ’18 degrees Fahrenheit. This sometimes causes second- and third-degree injuries similar to frostbite. Most people who participate in this challenge don't realize the extent of the injuries that can happen, and they are pretty brutal...
The image seen here on the left was that of a 12-year-old salt-and-ice-challenge taker. Doctors said that "within a few hours of the boy's injury, the skin appeared red and by 48 hours, his back developed blistering second-degree burns which will heal over...several weeks," according to CBS News.
The second image comes from from a YouTube video by Brianna Edwards, who took part in the challenge. She claims the challenge burned off layers of her skin, formed a large blister, and then came off. This photo was taken six days after she took part in the challenge.
"I don't think I'm gonna ever do the salt and ice challenge again," she said.
Neknomination is a drinking game popular in Australia that inspired the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Except instead of awareness for a little-understood disease, it led alcohol poisoning and death. The rules of Neknomination were to film yourself chugging a beer in a humorous fashion, and then nominate someone to do the challenge. Participants are encouraged to heighten whatever the last person did. Participants started making the drinks crazier, quickly consumed dangerous amounts of alcohol. In 2014, five men in Australia died after taking on the challenge.
In the knockout game, people film themselves attempting to punch strangers with the intention of knocking them out. This is often done with a single sucker punch for the amusement of the attackers and their accomplices. The knockout game was around for awhile before going viral in 2013 after a series of severe injuries and deaths came about because of it. As a result, officials stepped up and brought about laws and policing that would prevent the game from taking place, causing it finally to decline. In late 2013, a man was charged with a hate crime and sentenced to five years in prison after he shared his video attempt at the game with a plainclothes cop.