They're eating what?

January 30, 2018
Written By: Walda Woods

The biggest trend to hit social media these days seems to be the Tide Pod challenge.

Yep, that’s right. People eating laundry detergent...What in the name of all that is good and holy, is going on here?

I’ve said for many years that the whole world is slowly going crazy, but I’d like to change my answer: The whole world is quickly going
KA-RAY-ZEE.

Yeah, that’s what I meant.

Could this really be a bizarre form of peer pressure – or is it just a craving for soapy snacks? Either way, our young people are risking illness and sometimes even death, just to outdo the next guy. Pardon me if I sound like my parents now but back when I was a teenager, the biggest trend I can remember is making a gum wrapper chain -- as tall as my boyfriend.

And the chilling part of this new craze is that 85% of the nibblers are teens. Why do they do it? Your guess is as good as mine, however experts say


It’s because they can.

No other reason. It’s the thing to do – just like planking was.

Times were so different back then. Now, technology, social media and smartphones have made it fairly simple for teens to show off to each other. You can be a star within your own intimate social group – or you can go viral and let the world see how foolish you are.

Teens will play with destiny, engaging in the most unimaginable stunts, such as car surfing, setting themselves ablaze, drinking the alcohol content in hand sanitizer and imbibing entire bottles of cough syrup (just to experience the hallucinogenic affects).

Vodka Eyeballing

Speaking of moronic stunts, Vodka Eyeballing is all the rage now. What’s that, you ask? Well, instead of drinking the vodka shot, you pour it into your eyeball.

That’s right, folks.

And I don’t mean pour it in like an eye-wash and lose most of it down the side of your face. No, no. This is full-on, use-a-funnel and pour it into the eyeball. Pretty much none of it is lost on your face. An abundance of tiny blood vessels help carry the vodka into the bloodstream super-fast, leaving the moron not only sloshed into oblivion, but with burnt corneas as well (typically leading to blindness).

Honestly, I can’t believe I’m writing this.

Reckless, deadly behaviors -- just to get noticed. What about wearing a pair of underoos on your head and swim fins on your feet? Seems like that would get you some attention. And the only risks involved would be your little brother’s stretched out underpants and maybe tripping over your big flat feet once or twice.

But that’s just me.

Like I said -- KA-RAY-ZEE.

Walda Woods


Walda Woods spent many years in the corporate world as a mid-level executive in the telecommunications and deregulated energy arenas. She now spends her time as a freelance writer and editor. Originally from Boston, MA, she currently lives in Topeka, KS to be near her family. Her unique blend of personality, humor and values is sprinkled throughout her writings and keeps her audiences coming back for more.