No crying over spilled milk crates.
Just when you thought it was safe to go back on TikTok. Social media bozos have invented an idiotic tend called the “Milk Crate Challenge,” in which they attempt to traverse a precarious pyramid of milk crates — usually with painful results. Allegedly first showcased on Facebook by Kenneth Waddell earlier this month, videos of the wipeout-inducing trend boast over 15.3 million collective views on TikTok.
The harebrained feat sounds simple enough on paper: A person tries to make it all the way across milk crates stacked in an up-and-down staircase formation.
However, the vast majority of attempts seem to end with the knucklehead taking a giant spill.
In this viral clip with 1.4 million views, a string of “Jackass” wannabes can be seen attempting to tip-toe — à la the Pink Panther — up a veritable Mount Kilimanjaro of milk crates. At various intervals, the rickety structure collapses like a giant failed Jenga game, causing the urban alpinists to topple off the steps with seemingly painful results.
The spine-snapping pastime unsurprisingly metastasized to Twitter, where one video showed a practitioner painfully conking his back after falling off the milk crate Matterhorn. The footage is captioned: “People doing this like they have the best health insurance…”
Thought the challenge wasn’t difficult enough on its own? How about this clip of a man attempting to ascend the makeshift staircase — only to have a kid kick it over when he’s halfway across.
Unsurprisingly, medical experts advise against partaking in the ludicrous challenge.
“The Milk Crate Challenge is very dangerous, and we are seeing many orthopedic injuries as a result of the falls,” Dr. Shawn Anthony, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, told the “Today” show. “Injuries can include broken wrists, shoulder dislocations, ACL and meniscus tears, as well as life-threatening conditions like spinal cord injuries.”
Alas, this isn’t the first potentially dangerous stunt to hit TikTok, which has seen everything from people taking hallucination-inducing doses of Benadryl to swerving their cars crazily in time with music.
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