This challenge involves dumping NyQuil cold and flu medication over chicken and cooking it, purportedly as a protein-infused cold remedy. The Food and Drug Administration has warned against it. "The challenge sounds silly and unappetizing — and it is," the FDA said. "But it could also be very unsafe. Boiling a medication can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways."
Probably the most deadly of them all, the "blackout challenge" entails cutting off one's air supply either by holding the breath or tying something around your neck. The dangerous trend has been around since at least 2008, but it started making the rounds on TikTok again in 2021. The challenge has been linked to more than 80 deaths back when it first emerged, said the CDC.
The "Benadryl challenge" on TikTok encourages people to film themselves taking large doses of the antihistamine containing diphenhydramine, which will induce hallucinations. At least one death, of a 15-year-old girl in Oklahoma, has been blamed on the challenge.
Tide pod challenge
Videos circulated in 2018 on social media showing kids biting into brightly colored liquid laundry detergent packets, or cooking the soap-filled capsules in frying pans, then chewing on them before spitting the soap out. Experts say the game, dubbed the "Tide pod challenge," is dangerous. Some people have been shown foaming at the mouth and coughing violently after doing the stunt.
Milk crate challenge
People have filmed themselves gingerly climbing rickety pyramids made of plastic milk crates, then sending the internet into hilarity when they fall down. Trouble is, people break bones, fall on their faces and get severe head injuries.
One Chip Challenge
A single chip is wreaking havoc in school districts across the country, sending children home sick and sometimes even to a hospital. The “One Chip Challenge,” which has over 850 million views on TikTok, is making a bold return with kids back in class.
The One Chip Challenge, invented by the chip company Paqui, dares people to buy a single “ eye-watering, curse-inducing chip made with the hottest peppers on the planet” that comes in a coffin-shaped box, Paqui’s website says.