Dumbest Internet Challenge Yet Has Teens Popping Detergent Pods in Their Mouths

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In a world of dumb social media trends, we may have reached peak idiocy. Somehow the absurd and dangerous ‘Tide Pod Challenge’ has become a thing among teenagers, and is on the verge of going viral. The challenge involves filming yourself biting on one of the colorful laundry detergent pods, posting the video online, and daring friends to do the same. In the videos, teenagers are seen chewing on the pods, gagging, spitting up the colorful liquid, and sometimes even swallowing them. The so called “delicious-looking” pods are very hazardous to human health, and doctors have had to issue warnings about the dangers of eating them. Any amount of liquid from the pod can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, burns, and in severe cases, death. The concentrated detergent contains highly toxic chemicals like ethanol, hydrogen peroxide and various polymers, none of which you want anywhere near your mouth, ever. “They should not be played with. Even if meant as a joke. Safety is no laughing matter,” Tide said in a statement. “Our laundry pacs are a highly concentrated detergent meant to clean clothes, and they’re used safely in millions of households every day. They should be only used to clean clothes and kept up, closed and away from children.” Despite these warnings, the craze only seems to be picking up momentum. We’re just two weeks into 2018, and already 40 cases of detergent ingestion have been reported by The American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC), half of which involved intentional ingestion.

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