In a future that is rapidly approaching, if not already arrived, our children will be raised entirely by YouTube. Not just in the sense that we will be parking them in front of nightmarish procedurally generated approximations of educational content for countless hours a day, but also in the sense that YouTube will be directly responsible for teaching our children not to do things like scream racial slursshoot videos of dead bodiesand now not to drink laundry detergent. Seems like a bad idea!
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Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Eating laundry detergent pods could land you in the emergency room. A link has been sent to your friend's email address.
We can't believe we have to say this, but you really shouldn't be eating Tide Pods. Not because of a challenge, and definitely not because they for some reason look delicious. They are not.
The phenomenon is suspected to date back to when online satire publication The Onion published an article from the perspective of a toddler determined to eat a red-and-blue detergent pod. Joe Krug, said to Fox If any of the detergent manages to get into the lungs, it can also cause respiratory distress.
The Internet loves a good challenge, and some of the more famous ones—such as the Running Man Challenge, SoGoneChallengeand Mannequin Challenge —are fairly wholesome, and well, not dangerous. So it's no wonder that when something like the absurdly ridiculous Tide Pods Challenge rolls around, kids thoughtlessly try to jump on it. The perfect meal.
There have been numerous media reports discussing how children and those with dementia could endanger their health or life by consuming the pods, mistaking them for sweets. The pods have been sold since In late DecemberTide Pods became the center of an Internet meme popularized on Twitterwhich involves a dare to intentionally consume the pods.
The vast majority of the cases involved ingestion, the American Association of Poison Control Centers said on Tuesday. People have been posting online memes and videos that joke about eating the packets, which are brightly colored and resemble candy. Like all household cleaning products, they must be used properly and stored safely. Earlier this week, the poison control association said there have been 39 reported cases of teenagers intentionally exposing themselves to liquid laundry pacs within the first 15 days of this year.
The challenge is simple: Eat a packet of laundry detergent, preferably in front of a wide internet audience. Unsurprisingly, a not-insignificant number of intrepid youths have answered the call. Any number more than zero of people willingly eating laundry detergent should qualify as shocking, and 39 certainly counts.
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