Forget Tide pods and ice water; the latest TikTok craze is the "outlet challenge." Yes, it's as stupid as it sounds.
The challenge is simple: plug in a phone charger about halfway into a wall outlet, then touch a penny to the exposed prongs. The resulting sparks are supposed to be cool enough to win you instant internet fame.
Courtesy of TikToks4You on YouTube
News outlets all over the country are reporting on this disturbing trend. Fire departments, electricians, and school systems are all trying to get the message out about just how dangerous it is to try this.
Basically, if you see your kids hovering near a wall outlet with a penny in hand, put a stop to the prank. Have a serious talk about the dangers of electricity and fire, then spread the word about this in your own circles.
So a local Boston TV station just did a piece on the #OutletChallenge which was immediately followed by a piece about allowing 16 year olds to vote.— Beagle Fury (@BeagleFury) January 22, 2020
I bet they didn't get the irony.
Dear Teenagers in 2020:— Ron Flesher (@rjflesher) January 23, 2020
Holy shit, have some of you got the IQ of a crayon or something?!#Outletchallenge
A Generation Xer who's way too smart to be pulling such brainless crap
In case you were wondering, the penny creates both sparks and a potential fire hazard because of the electrical arcing. If someone is caught doing this on purpose, they may be liable for any damages incurred. Just ask the teens in Massachusetts who may now be facing fines and possible criminal charges for starting electrical fires.
What are your thoughts on this newest internet challenge? Sound off in the comments!