9 Most Shocking Teen Fads
Though videos surfaced online as early as October 2012, the challenge recently picked up speed with one YouTube user's post, where a girl completes the challenge while blasting Taylor Swift's "22" in the background -- probably not what the singer had in mind when she wrote the song.
2French Fries Parties
It started in Japan when McDonald's ran a promotion advertising that all french fry sizes were £1. However, it has arrived in Korea and is spreading Westward.
In 2012, a fraternity brother from Pi Kappa Alpha at the University of Tennessee was sent to the emergency room with a blood alcohol level of more than .4 percent (p.s. that's five times the legal limit) following a butt-chugging session. At this level, most people lose consciousness and some die. A blood alcohol content of .45 percent or higher is often fatal. The male student was alright and back in class, but the fraternity was suspended for 30 days.
For those who are wondering what the "cinnamon challenge" is, it's daring someone to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon in 60 seconds without water, and then uploading the video on the Internet. The fad has become a rage among youngsters in recent years.
Thousands of videos on YouTube show people swallowing spoonfuls of cinnamon powder. Most of the videos show people coughing, choking, and scrambling for a bottle of water as their friends watch and laugh at their agony. One of the videos has more than 30 million views.
5Salt & Ice Challenge
In Pittsburgh, a 12-year-old boy will spend the summer recovering as a result of having a large cross burned into his back by his twin brother and a pal as part of this newest challenge.
For the challenge, tweens and teens put salt on their skin and then press ice into it to see who can tolerate the pain the longest. The longer the ice is pressed into the salt, the more serious the injury. When ice is mixed with salt the temperature drops to -17, and exposing skin and bones to this temperature is really painful. If this is done for an extended period of time, it has the potential to badly burn the skin and rupture the bones.
6 Sack Tapping
On May 28, 2010, 14-year-old David Gibbons from Cosby, Minnesota, who had been the victim of the new fad known as sack tapping, ended up in the ER in the early hours of the morning. Having endured a punch to the groin from a fellow student at school, the teenager was awakened several hours later by excruciating pain.
Things did not end well for David, who ended up having one of his testicles amputated. Unfortunately, sack tapping has become the new "fad" in schools nationwide and is even making the rounds at YouTube.com, where "sack tap circles" host actual competitions.
7Blood Sucking, Vampire Style
It's also known as French Roulette.
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