You Can Lead a Kid to High School…

…but you cannot make him think.

Or her.

But probably mostly hims.

What else to think about the latest fad among the young and the brainless: biting into a Tide detergent pods.


They call it the Tide pod challenge, and as the Washington Post explains,

Now videos circulating on social media are showing kids biting into brightly colored liquid laundry detergent packets. Or cooking them in frying pans, then chewing them up before spewing the soap from their mouths.

For generations kids have worked hard to avoid having their mouths washed out with soap, but some in this generation are actually seeking to do it.

And not with any ordinary soap, either: with concentrated laundry detergent.

Needless to say, ethanol, hydrogen peroxide, and polymers aren’t very good for the human body and some young people are learning that the hard way, as they travel to hospital emergency rooms for repairs.

For a while videos of people biting into Tide pods were showing up on YouTube but the folks there are now taking them down as soon as they can find them.

There’s one school of thought that suggests that The Curmudgeon shouldn’t even be writing about this because he could be putting ideas into his readers’ heads.

But he knows that’s not a problem because his readers, unlike the kids snacking on laundry detergent, actually do have minds.

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