A roundabout, or merry-go-round, the central component of the challenge
A roundabout, or merry-go-round, the central component of the challenge

The Merry-go-round of death is an internet challenge involving multiple participants, a roundabout (or merry-go-round) and a method of motorisation, usually a moped or motorcycle.[1] At least one of the participants rides on the merry-go-round, while the motorcycle or moped's rear wheel is placed against the disc of the ride, and then used to spin the merry-go-round. The goal is to hold on to the roundabout for as long as possible, though strong centrifugal forces and G-forces means that is almost impossible, and participants may fall unconscious; numerous people have been severely injured[2] as a result of injuries sustained from the challenge, which include those caused by high G-forces that have been described as 'normally only seen in fighter pilots',[3] as well as blunt-force trauma inflicted as a result of colliding with nearby objects while being spun, or being launched from the roundabout into nearby objects. The challenge can be dated to before 2009, when an early video of the challenge involving two teenagers being launched by a roundabout went viral;[4] it received heightened attention in 2018 when a schoolboy from Tuxford, Nottinghamshire, England was subjected to the challenge as a form of school bullying. As a result of being forced to take part in the challenge, the boy sustained serious head trauma that resulted in unconsciousness, his eyes bulging from their sockets, and a potential risk of stroke due to the extreme pressure exerted on his body during the spinning.[5]


  1. ^ Allain, Rhett (2011-09-10). "Spinning Merry Go Round of Death". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  2. ^ "Boy forced into 'roundabout of death' playground stunt left with serious head injuries". The Independent. 2018-09-14. Archived from the original on 2022-05-12. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  3. ^ Reporters, Telegraph (2018-09-14). "'Roundabout of death' leaves boy, 11, with 'fighter pilot' injuries to his brain". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2020-05-18.
  4. ^ "Merry go round of death". wuk72fke, YouTube. 16 March 2009. Retrieved 18 May 2020.((cite web)): CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  5. ^ "Boy's eyes bulge out after 'bullies made him do Roundabout of Death stunt'". Metro. 2018-09-14. Retrieved 2020-05-18.