The Cinnamon Challenge: Teenagers are Really Stupid

Cinnamon Challenge

In a new report doctors are warning retarded teenagers everywhere to not, I repeat not, take the Cinnamon Challenge.

The Cinnamon Challenge prank, which has been depicted in tens of thousands of YouTube videos has led to hospitalizations and a surge in calls to U.S. poison centers.

The report, published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, found that the stunt and its growing popularity have led a rise in cinnamon related poisonings. The dare is so popular that poison control centers received over 200 calls related to it in the last year and at least 30 teens nationwide needed medical attention after taking the challenge.

“People are being poisoned and sickened because of this,” said Dr. Steven E. Lipshultz, an author of the new report and a professor of pediatrics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. “We have seen a rise in calls to poison control centers around the United States that mirrored the rise in YouTube videos and their viewing. And that’s just for the acute issues.”

The fad involves daring someone to swallow a spoonful of ground cinnamon in 60 seconds without water. If you fail at the task, an orange burst of “dragon breath” spews out of your mouth. And if you succeed? The potential results of eating so much of the spice include choking, throat irritation, breathing trouble, and even collapsed lungs.  And if you’ve got asthma? Well let’s just say the Cinnamon Challenge won’t help it.

But apparently this challenge isn’t limited to bored teenagers. Illinois Governor Pat Quinn also got in on the action. Surprisingly, he has no problem keeping the powder down. Unlike this teenage prodigy:

Via: The Associated Press

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