Not only did the beginning of 2018 greet us with the massive controversy around YouTube vlogger Logan Paul filming a dead body in Japan’s Aokigahara forest, but it also brought us one of the most dumb and dangerous social media challenges yet.
When we all thought that the Kylie Jenner lip challenge was bad enough, recently the craze has been to eat laundry detergent pods. What? Yes, kids do the darndest things, don’t they?
Due to the harmful chemicals contained in the product, many youngsters are seriously risking their health when they consume the product and many have ended up in hospital already.
An example was when a college student (unnamed) from Logan, Utah was hospitalised after eating a Tide pod in her dorm. Fortunately, she survived and was still conscious after medics put her in an ambulance.
In response to the craze, Tide Pod’s official Twitter released a video stating that eating the product is a bad idea and that it should be used for “DOING LAUNDRY. Nothing else.”
We still can’t understand why anyone in their right mind would want to eat such a thing (other than “for the views” or “for the lolz”), but hopefully the video got through their thick skulls and that nobody should ever attempt such an insane challenge.
What should Tide PODs be used for? DOING LAUNDRY. Nothing else.
— Tide (@tide) January 12, 2018
However, rumours were spread about Tide Pod apparently discontinuing the product due to the challenge. A screenshot of an alleged tweet from Tide Pod’s Twitter informed users that sales would be discontinued from February 1st as they “can’t risk lives over having clean clothes.”
The tweet, however, was confirmed to be fake and Tide Pods will not be discontinued. Snopes.com were able to determine the tweet as false, for a number of reasons, including: no time stamp at the bottom, the tweet cannot be found on the actual Tide account, the name of the product is rendered as PODS, and not “pods” as the tweet says.
It was a rather clever fake that had quite a few people fooled, but rest assured, Tide Pods are still selling. Also, as dangerous as this ridiculous challenge is; it is highly unlikely a product would be discontinued over the stupidity of these kids.
Hopefully, if they listen in school a little more, they’ll learn that possibly killing yourself is not worth the risk over views or popularity on social media.
<Story by Emily Clark>
Featured Photo Credit: Boston Magazine