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Let's start with a basic fact here: the Tide Pods Challenge is the most idiotic trend that has hit the Internet in a long time. And, believe me, as someone who has made a living on the Internet — seriously, I'm consumed by it 24/7 — I've seen a lot of dumb trends. But the Tide Pods Challenge is the one that really puts stupid on the map.
What Is Tide Pods Challenge
First off, guys, it's F'in laundry detergent! I don't know about you, but eating such a thing does not sound too appetizing to me. It's like accepting the fact that you enjoyed all those times your parents washed your mouth out with soap when you were younger after swearing. No one enjoyed that, even the morons who are doing this Tide Pods Challenge and videotaping it in hopes of viral infamy.
Second, like all concentrated soap products, Tide Pods are basically toxic packs, just waiting to harm your insides if you consume them. According to Dr. Sarang Koushik, a resident in ABC News' medical unit, here are some of the dangerous effects, per ABC News:
“They contain dangerous chemicals that, if ingested, can lead to life-threatening breathing problems, damage to the esophagus from the corrosive ingredients, burns, blood pressure changes, gastrointestinal problems and neurological symptoms, including loss of consciousness."
Needless to say, Dr. Koushik isn't a big fan of this viral challenge that people are participating in. More so, he's really, really smart, so I'd say his opinion is pretty valid when it comes to the harmfulness of such activity. You would think people would be smarter than this, but, alas, 2018.
To help spread the word about why the Tide Pods Challenge is dumber than running head first into a brick wall — or something similar — Tide tweeted out an important message. Hell, they even got New England Patriots tight end and resident party boy, Rob Gronkowski, to take part, hoping the humor would lead to better education and lead to less people participating.
Only time will tell if the whole Gronk angle works or not, but, hey, at least Tide is trying to stop the bonanza.
How Did the Tide Pods Challenge Start?
I really wish this was a joke, but, according to the website KnowYourMeme, the Tide Pods Challenge trends started after an article was published on *The Onion* back in December of 2015. Since then, there were several memes that hit the Internet and, alas, people took the thing too far. In the two years that the Internet was first introduced to the challenge, it spread into the viral videos that we've been seeing more recently.
Let's not kid ourselves, because the Tide Pods Challenge is just the latest Internet trend in which people are doing viral challenges. From things like the Ghost Pepper Challenge, the Cinnamon Challenge, the Knockout Challenge and even the Condom Head Challenge, this latest one is equally as dumb. In fact, given the potential health consequences, it may be the most moronic yet!
What Happens To The Body When You Eat A Tide Pod?
As we've stressed a number of times throughout this article, eating Tide Pods can be lethal! Most recently, a video has been made, based on a true story, of a 17 year old who ingested three Tide Pods in one go. The teenager, JR, as he's called in the video, explained that he wanted to experience the "greatness of laundry pod flavor" and become "Internet famous". We sincerely wish we were fabricating those statements, but, a las, we are not — this, unfortunately is real life. The doctor in the video, Dr. Bernard explains the moments following JR's ingestion of the Tide Pods:
"After putting three pods in his mouth, he felt a slight burning sensation waft up into his nose. Huddled over the sink, JR was prepared to spit out the detergent as soon as he started biting. But as soon as he chewed down on the pods, biting into the vinyl plastic, laundry detergent poured into his mouth. He was suddenly overcome by a severe burning and numbing sensation on his tongue. JR began coughing and retching and detergent began to seep down into his throat."
By this point, it became glaringly clear to JR that he had made a mistake. After the liquid began seeping down into his throat, JR inhaled some of the detergent into his trachea, compromising the tissue. This immediately resulted in the liquid entering his lungs and as a result of the severe coughing, the detergent continued to lodge deeper and deeper. Following this, JR vomitted and lost consciousness, grabbing his chest in pain while his lips turned blue.
JR was able to make a full recovery, but Dr. Bernard is confident that had he not received immediate medical attention, his Tide Pod Challenge would have cost him his life. This example, while extreme, is entirely possible any time someone puts a laundry detergent pod in their mouth, regardless of whether they intended to fully ingest it or not.
Tide Pods Conclusion
YOU SHOULD NOT EAT TIDE PODS! Yes, guys, that's me yelling at you. If you really want to sound smart when talking about the Tide Pods Challenge, you can start by telling all those idiots who are participating in the viral challenge to stop. And, now that I've given you a little bit of background as to what the whole thing is, let's just go ahead and stick to using Tide Pods for what they're meant to be used for — stepping on and popping as if it were a mini paint pod!
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