The New Fun Tastes Funny

by Juliette Akinyi Ochieng | January 16th, 2018

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The New Fun Tastes Funny

by baldilocks

Remem­ber that old warn­ing that came from your par­ents if you said a bad word?

If you say that again, I’ll wash your mouth out with soap.” Of course, my var­i­ous parental units never had occa­sion to give me that warn­ing because I was Miss Goodie Two Shoes, baby. Now might be a dif­fer­ent story.

Any­way, some kids are pre­emp­tively putting soap in their mouths and swal­low­ing it; not because they feel guilty for using four-​letter words; not because they feel dirty inside.

But, just because.

Spring clean­ing may be sev­eral months away, but laun­dry deter­gent is mak­ing big head­lines this week as a dan­ger­ous stunt called the “Tide Pod Chal­lenge” is going viral on YouTube and other social media platforms.

The chal­lenge is for par­tic­i­pants –- pri­mar­ily teens and young adults, in the videos mak­ing the rounds –- to put the pods into their mouths, some­times even chew them, and then post videos of what hap­pens. Some of these indi­vid­u­als expe­ri­ence foam­ing at the mouth and severe cough­ing spells after con­sum­ing a pod.

It’s more than just a strange behav­ior, it’s poten­tially deadly. Here are some facts about the craze to help

friends and fam­ily pro­tect teens from the haz­ardous experiment.

What are Tide pods?

Tide pods, the brand’s ver­sion of the pop­u­lar laun­dry deter­gent pods, are small pack­ets of deter­gent designed to dis­solve while wash­ing clothes. Each pod con­tains pre-​measured, con­cen­trated deter­gent levels.

The out­side wrap­ping of a tide pod is made of polyviny­lal­co­hol (PVA), a water sol­u­ble plas­tic com­pound. For the same rea­son that this packet dis­solves in the machine wash­ing laun­dry [sic], it can also dis­solve in a person’s mouth — lead­ing to the imme­di­ate release and absorp­tion of the contents.

Even if the stuff couldn’t kill you, who would want to put soap in their mouths? The whole rea­son that the old-​school fake threat was so use­ful was that soap tastes horrible.

But, as a friend pointed out, we old peo­ple did crazy things when we were kids. My “crazy” usu­ally involved biking/​rolling skat­ing down a steep incline. Hel­mets and knee-​pads never crossed our minds or those of our parents.

In short, old-​school crazy usu­ally involved fun.

But I guess You Tube fame is the new fun.

May they all remove them­selves from my lawn with prej­u­dice. As a mat­ter of fact, I don’t even want them on my street. That much stu­pid­ity is prob­a­bly more con­ta­gious than this year’s flu.

Juli­ette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was pub­lished in 2012. Her sec­ond novel ten­ta­tively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Fol­low her on Twit­ter and on Gab​.ai.

Please con­tribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Inter­net to keep the lat­ter going and COF­FEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Inde­pen­dent Journalism!

by baldilocks

Remember that old warning that came from your parents if you said a bad word?

“If you say that again, I’ll wash your mouth out with soap.” Of course, my various parental units never had occasion to give me that warning because I was Miss Goodie Two Shoes, baby. Now might be a different story.

Anyway, some kids are preemptively putting soap in their mouths and swallowing it; not because they feel guilty for using four-letter words; not because they feel dirty inside.

But, just because.

Spring cleaning may be several months away, but laundry detergent is making big headlines this week as a dangerous stunt called the “Tide Pod Challenge” is going viral on YouTube and other social media platforms.

The challenge is for participants –- primarily teens and young adults, in the videos making the rounds –- to put the pods into their mouths, sometimes even chew them, and then post videos of what happens. Some of these individuals experience foaming at the mouth and severe coughing spells after consuming a pod.

It’s more than just a strange behavior, it’s potentially deadly. Here are some facts about the craze to help

friends and family protect teens from the hazardous experiment.

What are Tide pods?

Tide pods, the brand’s version of the popular laundry detergent pods, are small packets of detergent designed to dissolve while washing clothes. Each pod contains pre-measured, concentrated detergent levels.

The outside wrapping of a tide pod is made of polyvinylalcohol (PVA), a water soluble plastic compound. For the same reason that this packet dissolves in the machine washing laundry [sic], it can also dissolve in a person’s mouth — leading to the immediate release and absorption of the contents.

Even if the stuff couldn’t kill you, who would want to put soap in their mouths? The whole reason that the old-school fake threat was so useful was that soap tastes horrible.

But, as a friend pointed out, we old people did crazy things when we were kids. My “crazy” usually involved biking/rolling skating down a steep incline. Helmets and knee-pads never crossed our minds or those of our parents.

In short, old-school crazy usually involved fun.

But I guess You Tube fame is the new fun.

May they all remove themselves from my lawn with prejudice. As a matter of fact, I don’t even want them on my street. That much stupidity is probably more contagious than this year’s flu.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng blogs at baldilocks. (Her older blog is located here.) Her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game, was published in 2012. Her second novel tentatively titled Arlen’s Harem, will be done one day soon! Follow her on Twitter and on Gab.ai.

Please contribute to Juliette’s JOB: Her new novel, her blog, her Internet to keep the latter going and COFFEE to keep her going!

Or hit Da Tech Guy’s Tip Jar in the name of Independent Journalism!

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