The internet is a strange, sometimes beautiful, sometimes dark, sometimes ridiculously stupid place. In proof of its ridiculousness, there are countless times the mayhem of anonymous crowds/virtual personalities online took things too far, like, way too far. You know the times: the “challenges” and online crazes that everyone was doing for a hot second until they spun of control. While there are internet fads that, from time to time, supposedly advance the cause of greater good, some of these dangerous internet fads even landed some poor schmucks in the hospital, and the worst fads of all left a few people dead.
Many of these internet crazes are not only stupid, but are potentially harmful. They should all be left back in the dark ages of the internet where they originated, but unfortunately, every time a bad internet fad dies, it seems another one just pops up in its place.
Enjoy perusing this compilation of internet throwbacks and vote up the absolutely most ridiculous ones but please, don't try revive these trends by trying any of them at home. The fads have come and GONE, with good reason.
The #YOLO Challenge
Everyone is familiar with the YOLO. It’s penetrated the vernacular and there are even songs about it. If you’ve been living under a rock in the 2010s, YOLO stands for “You Only Live Once.” Back in 2012, there was a social media fad to post a video prior to you or someone else doing something potentially dangerous and completely stupid, followed by #YOLO. A 21-year-old aspiring rapper, Ervin McKinness, recorded himself drunk driving and speeding at 120 m.p.h. He tweeted “Drunk af going 120 drifting corners #F*ckIt YOLO.” Just a short while after that tweet, McKinness crashed his car and he and four friends were all killed. Well, you may only live once, but you only die once too. Do you really want to last thing you ever do on this Earth to be completely moronic?
The Choking Game
This online “game” was around since 2005, but became increasingly popular on the Internet in recent years. The “choking game” or “space monkey” is extremely dangerous and resulted in several deaths. The most recent death happened in 2016. Karnel Haughton, a 12-year-old boy from the UK, died after playing this game. In the game, teens either choke themselves or have someone else choke them until they almost pass out. This depletion of oxygen gives them a temporary high. However, it can have potentially fatal consequences.
The Tide Pod Challenge
The Tide Pod challenge took over the internet, memes, and even national headlines in late 2017. Yes, people literally ate laundry detergent. It clearly says on the packaging that you need to call the Poison Control Center if you ingest one of these Tide Pods. But, kids will be kids, and this new wave stupidity is taking over the Internet. It got so out of hand, YouTube banned any videos depicting this behavior. Procter & Gamble, the company behind Tide Pods, said that they are “deeply concerned about conversations related to intentional and improper use of liquid laundry packs.” Maybe we should just let social Darwinism run its course with this one.
The Gallon-Smashing Challenge
This challenge is just intolerable. Kids thought it would be a hilarious idea to go into grocery stores and smash gallons of milk and juice on the floor. They would pretend to slip and fall in this obnoxious prank and slam these containers against the ground making a terrible mess. Not only is this unbelievably stupid, it’s also illegal. At least three teenagers were charged with misdemeanor destruction of property and disorderly conduct for this “prank" in Virgina.