A freakish new internet trend has teens recording themselves eating Tide laundry detergent pods.
The videos are supposedly made to be amusing; a satirical response to national, commercialized warnings against ingesting Tide pods, which are jokingly referred to as the "forbidden fruit". Soon enough, the ideas turned into reality, giving birth to one of the social media's deadliest trends in the recent times.
Although the pods may have tempting colors and the urge to "join in" can be enticing for young daredevils, doctors and poison experts agree that this particular challenge is completely not worth your 15 minutes of online fame.
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They also noted an additional 14% increase in calls to poison centers concerning exposures to detergent packets for dishwashers.
These laundry packs contain highly concentrated detergent which can harm the human body when ingested.
"Exposures to Laundry Packets, which are encased in a water-soluble membrane that can burst open, are typically highly concentrated compared to traditional laundry detergent and thus can have significantly more serious effects", AAPCC's statement warns.
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The pods in question are the U.S. brand Tide Pods, that look just like candies as they come in an array of colours. "It's toxic soap chemicals that these teenage children are putting into their mouths". Aleguas said he's seen situations where people who don't know they have underlying medical conditions try a stunt like this and must be rushed to a hospital. "I can not believe that people are doing this". "Ending up in the emergency room is no joke", he said, USA Today reported.
By 2015, jokes about wanting to consume the pods had become so rampant that even The Onion had to satirize the topic.
"Our laundry pacs are highly concentrated detergent meant to clean clothes, and they're safely used in millions of households everyday", the statement read.
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