Wow… just when you think that things can’t get even more insane, teens surprise you! There’s a new Internet challenge where teens film themselves while they eat Tide laundry detergent pods. That’s eating poison. A number of kids have died already from this.
Tons of social media videos show teens gagging and spitting out detergent as they bite into the pods. Some teens are cooking them in frying pans, putting them on cereal or even pizza before consuming them. This is a lethal stunt that can induce diarrhea, vomiting, cardiac arrest, a trip to the emergency room, or a poison-induced coma, health experts are saying in published reports. Dumb doesn’t begin to cover this fad. Who thinks this crap up?
Dr. Alfred Aleguas Jr., managing director of the Florida Poison Information Center in Tampa, told USA Today that swallowing even a small amount of the detergent can create a life-threatening situation. That does not surprise me in the least. For example, the detergent can burn the esophagus, or it can enter the lungs and cause breathing difficulties. There have already been episodes of accidental ingestion where babies get into the pods and then chew on them. Even some adults with dementia have been known to do that. But you aren’t going to avoid that sort of thing. However, teens knowingly eating poison as part of an Internet challenge? That’s a whole new special kind of stupid.
According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, 10,570 children 5 years-old and younger were exposed to laundry detergent packets in 2017. That means the product was either ingested, inhaled or absorbed into the skin or eyes. Not all exposures are poisonings or overdoses, the AAPC states on its website. The way to avoid that is to put the detergent up. Kids always get into stuff if left where they can reach it. But it shows you that the pods are poisonous and definitely not to nibble on.
Laundry pods also pose a real risk to people with dementia, who may mistake the pods for candy, Consumer Reports noted. The federal Consumer Product Safety Commission found that eight people died – six adults with dementia and two young children – from ingesting laundry pods. So, why would anyone knowingly try and eat these things? Either because they don’t know better or they are morons.
Tide actually came out with a statement in response to this Internet fad: “Our laundry pacs are a highly concentrated detergent meant to clean clothes and they’re used safely in millions of households every day. They should be only used to clean clothes and kept up, closed and away from children. They should not be played with, whatever the circumstance is, even if it is meant as a joke.”” The Internet challenge may have been created in response to a 2017 College Humor video “Don’t Eat the Laundry Pods,” published reports stated.
This isn’t the only dumb Internet challenge out there. There’s no shortage of them… teens pouring salt in their hands and holding onto ice until it burns, setting themselves ablaze using rubbing alcohol and throwing boiling water on unsuspecting people. Some are deadlier than others. If I believed in evolution, which I don’t, I would say this is selective removal from the gene pool.
It all started as some kind of lame joke. The lure of Tide Pods, which look almost like candy, broke into satirical conversations as early as 2015 when The Onion published a column from the perspective of a child who wanted to eat a blue and red detergent pod. This followed numerous reports that pods were getting into the hands of curious toddlers, which can cause serious harm as previously stated.
A March 2017 video likely generated the biggest controversy over students eating pods. In College Humor’s Don’t Eat The Laundry Podsvideo (since removed from YouTube), viewers see a college student tempted to eat Tide Pods. After researching how toxic the pods are, he still ends up gorging on a bowl full of pods. The video ends with the student saying he doesn’t regret it on an emergency backboard. Ideas and even dares about eating the pods followed on Reddit and Twitter. Then came the ‘Tide Pod Challenge’ and more people got sick or died. Ingredients in the pods include ethanol, hydrogen peroxide and polymers – a highly-toxic mix of detergent meant to wipe out dirt and grime.
There are a lot of idiotic fads out there, but some of them are deadly. You would think that teens would instinctively know better than this, but evidently not. Detergent pods are a wondrous invention, but they are meant for the laundry, not as a joke or a prank. It never ceases to amaze me how people can create new and more horrific ways to off themselves.
Total Stupidity! Not only that….just watch.
In many states, because of stupid teenagers and their antics, adults already have to show our I.D. to buy Drano and Nyquil, now it looks like Tide Pods will be next. Thanks to morons! Nice work!
If someone you know ingests a Tide pod or any chemical ingredient, you can contact poison control at 1-800-222-1222.
H/T Maggie Remington