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Tide Pods: How and Why the Meme Began

A. Becerra, Contributor

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Tide Pods: How and Why the Meme Began

Over the past years, social networking sites have been setting huge trends through the sharing of viral clips and memes. Recently, the Tide pod challenge began, pressing empty-headed adolescents to set the toxic pods in their mouth and to bite down and chew on them. How much damage has the challenge caused to people everywhere? According to Lindsey Bever from The Washington Post “[Just in the first thirteen days of 2018] there have been 37 reported cases.” In thirteen days, 37 Tide pod related emergencies, making the amount of Tide pod emergencies equal to a whopping 2.85 emergencies per day. Even when this challenge has not been as commercial as it has been for the past months The Consumer Product Safety Commission stated that from the year 2012 through the days before the challenge even began there had been eight Tide pod related deaths which should have corroborated to the original divisor of the Tide pod challenge that his or her creation would harm so many people.

Why are these pods so dangerous? According to Robert Gronkowski (No! No! No!) Tide pods are supposed to only be situated inside the Tide pod container and inside the washing machine and because these pods are not meant for human ingestion, the pods contain dangerous chemicals which if swallowed will tear apart your insides, such as Hydrogen Peroxide, which can be toxic enough to kill.

Why have people decided to adopt this challenge and go through with ingesting the pods even after they’ve seen videos of people harming themselves by eating the pods? Although I’m no rocket scientist, I can infer that people aren’t eating these pods for their nutritional value, nor are they ingesting them for their flavor. I assume that these teens will go as far as it takes to get a like even if it means hurting themselves in the process. I hope that in the future people will be able to comprehend what the challenge is doing to them, or if they can’t at least try to make the challenge fun.

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