You’ve probably heard about the Tide Pod challenge where people bite into laundry detergent pods because…
Right, actually, you know what? I’ve been reading about this for a while and I don’t know why the f*ck anyone is doing this. I have no answers for you on WHY someone do this. There are rumours it began with autism support groups on Tumblr but there’s no actual evidence that story is true. I’ve been wracking my brain and I simply cannot imagine of any reason why anyone would do this.
However, that aside, people ARE doing this.
If you’re anything like you’ve been reading about people doing this and getting kinda confused. On one side of the conversation you have a bunch of very angry people screaming at the top of their voice,
“DON’T DO THAT ARGHGHGHHSADHA!” while on the other side of this are snickering Instagram using teenagers trying to eat Tide Pods. I’m willing to confess honestly that while I have never ever wanted to eat a Tide Pod I don’t actually know what would happen if you ate one.
And then I found this video.
So let’s get the following out the way. Eating Tide Pods can have serious consequences. Detergents are composed of products designed to break down the proteins in your food that stain your clothes. Interesting fact, you are made of proteins. Your skin is covered in protective oils that prevents detergents from actively hurting your hands (but if you’re like me, it will still cause horrific eczema) but the parts of you on your inside?
Like your tongue?
The Tide Pod will cause those permanent damage, and it will hurt. And for one young man it got much worse. He had to be rushed to hospital and nearly died of his injuries because the sheer shock of biting into the Tide Pod caused him to inhale.
It only carried a little bit of the detergent to his lungs but that was enough to leave him gasping for air for hours until his mother arrived home and called an ambulance. When he arrived at the hospital he was mere moments from death and had caused severe damage to his stomach, oesophagus, and lungs and was only saved by his mother’s quick thinking.
So in conclusion, if you eat a Tide Pod you will melt your f*cking mouth, stomach and possibly lungs.