Man celebrating winning the Paqui "one chip" challenge, where participants had to eat a chip covered in Carolina Reaper chili powder
Man celebrating winning the Paqui "one chip" challenge, where participants had to eat a chip covered in Carolina Reaper chili powder

Food challenges, such as the gallon challenge or the Saltine cracker challenge, are specific challenges or competitions involving food.[1] Milk chugging is a popular competitive eating challenge on college campuses, and was promoted by MTV's Jackass in the late 1990s.[2][3]

With the rise of the Internet, Internet phenomena have increasingly spread through chain emails, YouTube, and social media, encouraging people to "challenge" their friends by spreading the message to others, as well as creating viral Internet memes.

Some "challenges" on the internet can seriously harm participants. The cinnamon challenge, a dare to attempt to eat a specified amount of ground cinnamon within a minute, has a strong risk of people gagging on cinnamon inhaled into the lungs.[4] In July 2015 a four-year-old boy died of asphyxiation after ingesting cinnamon.[5]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Matt Stonie beats Joey Chestnut to win Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest" ESPN. Retrieved 2015-08-29.
  2. ^ Young, Luke (2006-08-29). "Chugging for glory". Technician. Archived from the original on 2010-02-12. Retrieved 2010-07-12.
  3. ^ Colin Campbell; Taylor Knop (June 16, 2015). "NC legislators chug milk in annual contest". News & Observer.
  4. ^ Painter, Kim. "Cinnamon challenge". USA Today. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
  5. ^ "Kentucky Mom Urges Kids To Stop 'Cinnamon Challenge' After Son Dies: 'Cinnamon Can Kill'". Medical Daily. June 9, 2015. Retrieved June 10, 2016.