Oh man, guys. Some of the latest crazy YouTube trends are getting doctors and parents all worked up, and not to sound like an old person, but I can’t say I really blame them.
Doctors in Chicago are warning parents to make sure their kids stop sniffing around the kitchen looking for food to do dangerous stuff with. And by dangerous stuff, I mean mainly attempting the cinnamon challenge, the marshmallow challenge or snorting nutmeg. Um, what? That was kind of a weird sentence to write. But seriously, there are a bunch of kids and teens out there who are actually getting really hurt trying to do these crazy stunts.
If you’re not big on weird Internet trends, I’ll fill you in. I was introduced to the cinnamon challenge last year, when my little sister and her friends gleefully told me how they spent the afternoon eating mouthfuls of cinnamon and then throwing up. When I stared at them in shocked horror, they told me they put a video on YouTube, no big deal. What is the cinnamon challenge? It’s when you try to eat one full tablespoon of cinnamon without drinking water for 60 seconds.
That might sound relatively harmless, and that’s probably why there are hundreds of videos on YouTube of teens just like my sister attempting to do it themselves. But it’s actually pretty dangerous. As Dr. Christina Hantsch points out, “The dry, loose cinnamon triggers a violent coughing effect and also a burning sensation that actually can lead to breathing and choking hazards.” I have no idea why this became popular, but for some reason, it is.
The marshmallow challenge is pretty weird too. I guess it’s when someone tries to fit as many marshmallows in their mouths as possible. While it does make for some oddly funny videos of puffed up cheeks, it’s not exactly something we should all be doing. Dr. Hantsch notes that two children have already died attempting to stuff marshmallows in their mouth. That’s pretty scary.
While I’ve never heard of the nutmeg snorting craze, apparently it’s a thing. Snorting large amounts of nutmeg creates a hallucinogenic reaction, sort of like a homemade high. Do I even have to say how silly this would be to do?
I know that there are tons of weird trends out there that doctors say teens do when really a lot of teens have never even heard of them (like butt chugging). And obviously I know not all of you do these things. But I’ve personally witnessed the cinnamon and marshmallow challenges being attempted by several people I know. And guys, just don’t do them. I know you want to make a really funny video to share with people, and I know you want to try to get in on what looks like harmless fun. But it’s not so harmless when you can get seriously hurt doing it.
Have you ever tried the cinnamon, marshmallow or nutmeg challenges? Would you ever? Do you think they’re stupid or funny? Tell us in the comments!