Five Challenges We Wish Weren’t #Trending


Will Smith summed up what a lot of us feel about the Internet’s great ability to broadcast stupidity in this 2013 appearance on the Russian talk show Evening Urgant. He was talking about his son Jaden, whose existentialist outpourings on Twitter are a source of much bewilderment and humour for the curious masses. But Jaden, we soon realised, isn’t the lowest of the low; there are several other teenagers who’ve managed to transcend even the established norms of Internet stupidity, issuing and completing ridiculous and outrageously idiotic challenges that have caused us to consider taking a hiatus from the Internet.

1. The Diet Coke and Mentos Challenge

The Diet Coke and Mentos Challenge is nature’s indication that humanity is actively participating in accelerating its own obliteration. The effects of Mentos on Diet Coke is now an ancient experiment—surely the novelty has worn off from when it first became famous over a decade ago. Or so you’d think. The recent surfacing of the Diet Coke and Mentos challenge is a gleaming beacon of what people can descend to during periods of utter boredom. These geniuses guzzle a litre of Diet Coke with a handful of Mentos in their mouths and a camera in hand. The result, as you can see, is a human soda geyser.

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2. The Cinnamon Challenge

These guys clearly have a taste for adventure…or not. This one involves putting a spoonful of cinnamon in your mouth and trying to swallow it. We’re not entirely sure, but we think it should not remind us of exhaust fumes. We’d advise those who take up this challenge to leave the cinnamon in the bun.

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3. The Fire Challenge

This one left us more horrified than anything else. Emptying a bucket of ice-cold water over yourself is one thing, but replace that with kerosene, and you have a formula for fatality right there. The Fire Challenge involves igniting yourself and jumping into the nearest water body, while recording your attempt. It goes without saying that they’ve more often burnt out than faded away.

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4. The Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge

While Kylie Jenner has faced a lot of attention particularly for the mysterious metamorphosis of her lips, people all over the world have tried to trade their intelligence for fuller lips like Kylie’s. Since most of them are not blessed either with Jenner’s name or fame, going under the knife is not an option. So instead, fans of bee-stung lips all around the world have taken to placing their lips in shot glasses and sucking out the air in a desperate attempt to plump up their lips.  The result is the viral #KylieJennerLipChallenge, where young teenagers, some even younger than Kylie, (who’s just 17, btw) photograph their grotesquely enhanced and bruised lips and parade it as a personal achievement.

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5. The Condom Challenge

This one left us flabbergasted, and wondering when the internet stopped being about getting quick access to information and instead become a public platform to display how imbecilic one could be. This challenge was a moment of introspection and raised a number of questions in our minds. The most important, of course, was “WHY?”, closely followed by “How much time do you have?” and “How am I going to heal this mental scar?” We’d suggest you take a look at it yourself, because some things are best left unsaid.

Caution: If you are drinking a glass of water, we’d suggest you put it down.

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