The Dangers of Stupidity: The Dumbest Internet Challenges

The Internet has enriched our lives in unimaginable ways. Not only has it democratized information, ushered in a new era of globalization, and connected us in ways we never thought possible, but it’s also gifted us with the phenomenon known as the Internet challenge.

While some challenges have the ability to do good, like the Ice Bucket Challenge, which raised money for ALS research, most are just stupid and sometimes even downright dangerous. Here are the most reckless challenges that have been circling the Internet in the last few years.

The Cinnamon Challenge

The Cinnamon Challenge, in which a person films themselves attempting to eat a spoonful of cinnamon in 60 seconds without drinking anything, sounds innocent enough but can actually cause more damage than you might think.

The Cinnamon Challenge has been floating around the Internet since 2001 but got so popular by 2012 that there were more than 30,000 videos on YouTube, including ones made by politicians and NBA players. Doctors have warned that swallowing dry cinnamon is dangerous because it can cause gagging, choking, vomiting, and if inhaled, can affect your breathing. One Michigan teenager was even hospitalized for a collapsed lung after her attempt at the Cinnamon Challenge in 2013.

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