The Tide Pod Challenge has people eating laundry detergent pods for fun


If you thought that the "Ice bucket challenge", "Mannequin challenge" and the "Invisible Box challenge" were way out off rails, take a moment to discover the brand-new craze that has inundated social media. The challenge consists of actual, real people filming themselves eating the pods, trying (and failing) to keep them down, then daring friends to do the same. Some even choose to cook the pods, boiling them in water and even placing them on top of pizza.

Back in 2015, the Onion published a joking article from the perspective of a child wondering what it would be like to eat the highly enticing red and blue-colored detergent, looking like sweets.

The pods are bright and colorful, causing some children to believe they are candy. Enjoy a meme about it here or there, but don't ingest laundry detergent.

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According to a doctor with the Florida Poison Information Center, any amount of detergent from the pods that is swallowed can lead to diarrhea and vomiting, and, in extreme cases, can be "life-threatening".

"Rob Gronkowski records a PSA to warn people not to eat laundry detergent" is a sentence I never thought I would write, but it's 2018 and seemingly any outrageous thing is possible now so here we are.

The parent company of Tide, Proctor and Gamble, released a statement saying tide pods "Should not be played with, whatever the circumstance is, even if it is meant as a joke". I think I would try something else if I was looking to do something stupid. "It's toxic soap chemicals that these teenage children are putting into their mouths".