The once-popular Hot Water Challenge is gaining popularity again. Participants must spill boiling hot water onÂ their friends or make them drink it throughÂ a straw. Naturally there are consequences toÂ such a challenge.
A young man inÂ the US city ofÂ Indianapolis poured boiling water onÂ his sleeping 15-year-old friend, leaving him withÂ severe burns toÂ his head and chest. He will now spend a week inÂ a hospital and it will take him months toÂ restore his skin. He was still luckier thanÂ last year’s victim. Ki’ari Pope, 8, fromÂ Boynton Beach, Florida died fromÂ the injuries she received afterÂ drinking boiling water asÂ a part ofÂ the challenge.
The Hot Water Challenge dates back toÂ 2014, when a video emerged where a sister spills a pan full ofÂ boiling water onÂ the back ofÂ her unsuspecting brother, leaving huge scars asÂ a result. The challenge was spread throughÂ hundreds ofÂ fake videos, where people appear toÂ drink or pour hot water onÂ themselves. But once inÂ a while a person actually tried toÂ do the challenge forÂ real. Now the challenge seems toÂ have regained popularity onÂ social media.
Many Twitter users were left perplexed onÂ how people might not understand how threatening the challenge can be and participate inÂ it.
Hot water challenge really? How stupid do you have toÂ be toÂ pour boiling hot water onÂ yourself?
âÂ J.D (@JD01976) July 30, 2018
Are yâall getting stupider or what? Hot Water Challenge? Lmao. Iâm ready toÂ start the Pick Up A Book Challenge
âÂ branganronpa V3 (@youvebeenSLAIN) July 28, 2018
Can you believe that children are trying this new âHot Water Challengeâ where they throw boiling water onÂ their friends or they pour it onÂ themselvesâŠ. What inÂ the FUCK is going onÂ with humanity?? Is this natureâs way ofÂ killing offÂ our species?? I just donât get it!!
âÂ Kevin Lynch (@kevinlynchnj) July 30, 2018
Some twitterians forecasted that such challenges would be the “downfall” ofÂ humanity, while others suggested it might reduce amounts ofÂ stupidity onÂ the planet.
This hot water challenge is just another reason why our generation is going toÂ be the downfall ofÂ man đ
âÂ Andre Biasella (@popederp) July 30, 2018
Hot water challenge? Either drink hot water throughÂ a straw or get doused inÂ it. People stupid enough toÂ try that should try the stop breathing forever challenge. #hotwaterchallenge
âÂ MojicaSan (@MojicaSan) July 27, 2018
Apparently thereâs a âhot water challengeâ. Doctors need toÂ stop treating anyone that does these internet challenges. Let natural selection do its thing
âÂ Clay Chung (@meshkeee) July 29, 2018
Certain Twitter users urged others not toÂ judge the younger generation inÂ general just because part ofÂ it does a “dumb challenge.”
my mom said this onÂ facebook and reading this fromÂ really actually makes me sad and hurts. likeÂ you literally get mad when people generalize you yet you generalize millennials all the time. this kids friend poured hot water onÂ him forÂ a dumb hot water challenge that iâve never+ pic.twitter.com/kNYCdZaq0a
âÂ em âĄ shinee (@lgbtjong) July 30, 2018
Some netizens though were left amazed byÂ the hot water challenge.
I see that some kids started a âhot water challenge.â They bring water toÂ a boil, then either drink it or dump it onÂ someone. Sounds likeÂ a blast
âÂ Bass Ackwards (@Chadinthe502) July 30, 2018