The Tiktok Milk Crate Challenge, The Fastest Way To The Hospital Bed

The Tiktok Milk Crate Challenge, The Fastest Way To The Hospital Bed

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The Milk Crate Challenge



The internet is always agog with challenges, and a lot of people jump in on them to go viral, while ignoring the possible negative implications. We have seen a lot of challenges come and go.

While some of them are fun to participate in, others are totally either dangerous or immoral. One of such immoral challenges being the silhouette challenge that threw the internet into the frenzy of obscenity. Now, another dangerous one is trending, and the big question is, would you jump on the bandwagon?

The truth is that the internet is both a blessing and a curse. Many people have benefited from the power of social media, while others have either gotten scammed,wounded, wrecked or fallen prey to mischievous plans of very bad players.

This new trend is called the milk crate challenge or crate challenge. It is another creation of the internet that has caused a lot of problems and equally entertained many. This challenge went viral in August 2021. It involves stacking milk crates or similar structures to form a podium that forms a pyramid. The participant would then start a journey that most likely ends in pain or possible hospitalization.

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The Milk Crate Challenge



The process involves climbing the stack of crate stairs, walking precariously to the top and down the other side of the pyramid. Each step inches the participant closer to victory or a fall of a lifetime. The possibility of a successful climb is very unlikely as it is hard to brace for the wavy and shaky movement of the pyramid induced by your weight and possibly, fear of height. 

Cheered by a crowd of onlookers, the courage to win surges and the courageous climb continues. In some cases, there would be people on ground to watch your  performance, and while some would cheer you to success, others would make taunting chants and booing to make you fail. These are the possible reasons it is hard to make it successfully up and down the crate.

Also, a more serious reason while you are most likely going to fail is because of the physics of stability. The challenge tests your ability to maintain your stability while climbing. In physics, what is called the "centre of gravity" has a lot to do with being stable or not. The centre of gravity simply describes the point where your mass or weight and that of the crate can be pinpointed. What happens is that a higher centre of gravity disrupts balance and increases the chances of falling or toppling over, while a low centre of gravity helps maintain balance. While up the crate, the higher you climb, the more the position of this gravity changes to an unfavorable point and as you inch closer to a higher centre of gravity, quaking of the podium begins and an eventual follows. So, the next time you are tempted to try any challenge that involves climbing, remember the physics explained herein, you do not have to be a physics guru to understand this one.

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The Milk Crate Challenge


 
Also, the medical implications of such a fall could be life threatening. At, the moment, we do not know what the figures are in in terms of casualties. Besides, medical practitioners are already warning against trying this dastardly fun act. An unlucky fall which is very likely can break your arm, leg, wrist, neck and so on. The possibility of sustaining a spinal chord injury is possible. The implication of a spinal chord injury is the paralysis of a part of the body, and that could result to buying the big one.

The social media giant TikTok among others, that helped make this challenge viral, said it would erase search results for "milk crate challenge" while stating that it was against their policy that prohibits content that promotes or glorifies dangerous acts.

While many are criticizing TikTok for allowing this trend on their platform, I would rather agree with a Youtube comment of a person after watching a compilation of epic fails from the challenge. He said"after watching this, I now believe that people are not foolish for lack of education", you can not agree any less, if you have seen similar compilations like this one. Rather than blame an innocent social media platform, the bulk of the blame firsts start with any participant that gets involved.

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The Milk Crate Challenge



In addition, the challenge has been taken a step ahead. A lady has made the challenge more difficult, you may want to know what this one is all about, the lady as seen in a video, was climbing a pyramid of bottles just as you would see in the milk challenge. She made it through the top of the bottle on high-heeled pair of shoes,down and up again. One needs no schooling to know that refraining from this one is the cheapest wisdom.

We live in a world of trends where everyone tries to live their lives in conformity, but we all should know that trends come and go, and we should not do things because others are doing them to avoid getting our fingers burnt.

You can see epic fails from the challenge here

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