Why Do We Have To Tell Teenagers Not To Eat Soap & Microwave Foil?!

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This year has been the year of progression from the Time’s Up and Me Too movements to marches against gun violence and school shootings. But none of that means we can hide the less progressive, almost shockingly idiotic “challenges” to have graced the Internet this year.

We’re all familiar with them, right? People doing dumb things on YouTube and encouraging others to do it as well. Like the infamous “cinnamon challenge” where the goal was to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon and try not to cough. Or the “hot water challenge” where kids threw boiling water on their unsuspecting friends.

The point is, it’s been happening for a while and despite how forward thinking we’ve become, this year kicked off with the unfortunate “Tide pod challenge” where teenagers were putting the little Tide liquid laundry detergent pods in their mouths and bursting them. And there were countless memes calling them the “forbidden” fruit and dressing the pods on plates to make them look more appetizing. One of the latest challenges revolves around a Japanese Twitter user, @Asu_Astell, who posted photos of himself turning a foil ball into a polished, silver one using a rubber hammer and sandpaper.

The process itself is actually pretty neat, the only problem is, the Internet couldn’t let it stay that way. People have been retweeting the photos and claiming the trick to creating a shiny new silver ball is putting the foil in the microwave. Yes, the microwave. And even more surprising, people have actually fallen for it. I don’t know about anyone else, but I find it amazing that we have to tell teenagers not to eat soap and microwave foil.

Do yourself a favor and try not to follow the crowd. Not only are these challenges stupid, but they are incredibly dangerous. Please watch yourselves. And don’t put foil in the microwave.


By Brianna Thomas, Senior, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep

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