As Americans prepare to travel to visit family and friends for Thanksgiving, they should do everything possible to avoid participating in the latest viral Internet trend: The Backpack Challenge.
After the relatively laid-back tone of last week’s Mannequin Challenge, the Backpack Challenge seems especially harsh. It involves students lining up in two rows facing each other (as if they are about to play a particularly vicious game of dodgeball) and then hurling their weighty backpacks at a person who is trying to run the gauntlet without getting concussed.
As one Twitter user (and Backpack Challenge participant) put it: “That stuff hurt.”
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Why this challenge? Is it a masochistic rebellion against school? A plea for help from students overburdened by useless homework? Who knows?
As for its origins, New York magazine noted, “The original, shared by Twitter user Abucci Wood, whose bio proudly proclaims him the inventor of the challenge, has been retweeted over 26,000 times and counting. There are dozens more videos just like it under the hashtag #BackpackChallenge.”
Like many other Internet crazes before it, the Backpack Challenge and the bruises it no doubt creates will (hopefully) fade fast. In the meantime, if someone issues a Backpack Challenge, tell them you can’t participate; you’re still perfecting your Running Man.