Introducing the Hair Straightener Tongue Challenge…I think….
Tracing its origins
Hard to explain what makes anyone willingly put themselves through extreme pain for clout (this guy who shocked his dick off by thumbing it into an electrical socket, for instance), and yet here we are with a new trend tentatively named the Hair Straightener Tongue Challenge.
Like the other 18 million people who have seen this video by now, you've probably watched and rewatched this clip of a girl clamping 400 degree ceramic irons onto her tongue, and then freaking out because she clamped 400 degree ceramic irons onto her tongue:
There are hints – just whispers at this point – that this might be part of a wider Hair Straightener Challenge (self-explanatory). Check these out:
Let me guess hair straightener challenge?
— Live Free or die in shackles 💯⛓ (@natebear9) September 26, 2018
— Mayhem Kevin™ 🕷🕸 (@Mayham_Kevin) September 30, 2018
So, apparently it’s called the Flat Iron Tongue Challenge. God, people are stupid.
— Jennifer M. (@dropyourlinen) September 27, 2018
On the subject of burns, I just heard about some "flat iron your tongue" challenge that's making the rounds among the displaced viner sect of the internet. Gotta say, it never ceases to amaze me how innovative aspiring memers are with regard to self-inflicted injuries.
— Vaisz the Orc(tober) (@Vaisz_ThePurple) September 27, 2018
Bogus viral challenges, the kind featured on Fox News as "you won't believe what devil-worshipping teens is into this time," come and go, as anyone who hasn't done the Tide Pod and Snort A Condom challenges will tell you (there's also the Momo Challenge, a thoroughly fake game so poorly conceived that the only aim of it to be just "fucking die").
So a few tweets from locals saying the Hair Straightener Challenge exists aren't enough to say it's definitely real. And yet. There are a lot of videos of girls doing it:
Smh here goes the flat iron your tongue challenge😐 she's a beautiful child,
she needs to stop being a follower before she hurts herself😔 pic.twitter.com/zkHts4LfnJ
— lovelyti (@lovelyti) September 30, 2017
"Did you really think I was gonna flat iron my tongue? Well, you were right."
And here's a whole compilation of them:
So does this mean there's an underground, non-hashtagged, genuine subculture of tongue-burning teens out there, who get high on scalding themselves? Yeah, I guess?