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The Milk Crate Challenge explained – please don’t try it at home

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Another day, another social media fad to warn against.

The Milk Crate Challenge is one of the latest trends to sweep the internet, and once again, we find ourselves imploring the public: please don’t try this at home.

Or anywhere else for that matter.

The challenge involves stacking milk crates on top of each other to form a tall set of inclining and declining steps, sort of like a pyramid.

The challenging part of this challenge is the fact that the crate pyramids are not at all structurally sound.

People have to try to keep their balance on the very shaky crates as they step, and often, they aren’t able to complete the challenge and come crashing down to the ground.

It’s thought the challenge started in early August, with the first known Milk Crate Challenge-esque video having been posted on Facebook by a Chicago resident on the first of the month.

However, Know Your Meme has it that a precursor to the 2021 challenge was a video called ‘Guy falls of 6 milk crates’ posted in June 2011.

Whether it directly influenced the current Milk Crate Challenge or not, the trend has been spreading far and wide across the US and beyond a decade later.

Thanks to the combination of schadenfreude for those who fail and admiration for those very few who succeed, Milk Crate Challenge videos have been wildly popular.

Meanwhile, the fact that the crates are relatively readily available means virtually anyone, anywhere can get involved.

 

However, needless to say, falling from such a height is exceedingly dangerous, and medical professionals across the globe have advised strongly against it.

Many American doctors and health departments have spoken out against the trend, citing not just the risks, but the fact that hospitals across the nation are already bring pushed to the brink by the Delta variant.

Dr Charlotte Salmon tells Metro.co.uk that pressure on the NHS is already high enough on this side of the pond too without people taking entirely avoidable trips to A&E.

She says: ‘My automatic thought when I see [the challenge] is that it’s stupid and someone will end up breaking their neck.’

‘I think the thing that gets me with these trends’, she adds, ‘is the influence on younger generations who possibly don’t understand the risks and then could end up with lifelong consequences due to a silly fad.’

Meanwhile, TikTok has disabled the hashtag #MilkCrateChallenge on their site, telling Fast Company: ‘TikTok prohibits content that promotes or glorifies dangerous acts, and we remove videos and redirect searches to our Community Guidelines to discourage such content.

‘We encourage everyone to exercise caution in their behavior whether online or off.’ [sic]

 

Even The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has spoken out, tweeting in response to presenter Conan O’Brien, who joked he was waiting for their approval before trying the challenge.

By way of reply, an FDA rep wrote: ‘Although we regulate milk, we can’t recommend you try that.

‘Perhaps enjoy a nice glass of 2% and return all those crates to the grocery store?’

 


Credit: Original article published here.

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