The Most Viral #Trends To Hit Social Media
Claire Miles - July 15, 2019

Caged Bird

By Maya Angelou

The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays and dares to claim the sky.

But a bird that stalks down his narrow cage can seldom see through his bars of rage his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing.

The caged bird sings with fearful trill of the things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom

The free bird thinks of another breeze and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees and the fat worms waiting on a dawn-bright lawn and he names the sky his own.

But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream his wings are clipped and his feet are tied so he opens his throat to sing

The caged bird sings with a fearful trill of things unknown but longed for still and his tune is heard on the distant hill for the caged bird sings of freedom.

Viral videos are both the best and worst things to happen to our generation. Some of them are hilarious, while others are downright dangerous. Take a look at the top viral videos of all time that prove once again that it is a strange place. 


The Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge


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Fans look up to celebrities like Kylie Jenner so much that they can’t help but try to be just like their role model. Kids place a shot glace around their lips to create suction and plump their lips just like Kylie.



Floss Dance


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16-year-old Russel Horning, aka backpack kid, posted a video of himself stern-faced and swinging his arms left and right, slowly increasing the speed. Everyone began posting videos of themselves, including celebrities like Millie Bobby Brown.


The Belly Button Challenge


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Teenagers are challenging themselves to see if they can touch their own belly button. To measure their tiny waists and hyper-flexibility, the participant reaches their hand around behind their back.



The Condom Challenge


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Condom snorting is a strange fad which involves inserting a condom up the nose and into the back of the throat to be coughed out of the mouth. The hazards of partaking include choking, nasal cavity damage, and infection.


The Tide Pod Challenge


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Teenagers are daring each other to bite into liquid laundry detergent packets. Some others are frying them and chewing them before spitting up the soap from their mouths. 



 Kiki Dance



Drake’s “In My Feelings” plays as someone jumps out of a moving car, dances along to the track and then jumps back in. Police around the world have warned against doing the “Kiki challenge”, after many people attempting the dance have been injured, crashing into poles, tripping on potholes or falling out of the cars. One video shows a woman having her handbag stolen while attempting the challenge and another shows a man being hit by a car while he dances.


Golden Retriever egg challenge



There was a wide-spread dog fact that was so random and interesting that people had to check it out for themselves. The idea is that a Golden Retriever’s mouth is so gentle that they can hold an egg in their mouth without cracking it. 



Cinnamon Challenge


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Participants sputter and choke on a spoonful of cinnamon for fun. Their friends record the whole painful process for viewers to laugh at. There is a lot of discomforts doing this challenge and some people have even gotten hurt. 


Hot Pepper Challenge


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This one is pretty self-explanatory. You have to eat a hot pepper like habanero or a ghost pepper and film the whole painful process. To stop the burning you have to chug milk. Some people have ended up in the hospital.



Rotating Corn Challenge



In this pretty absurd challenge, someone holds a power drill with an ear of corn attached while the other person has to try to eat it. Obviously, this is dangerous and pointless. One girl (in the picture) even had a horrible incident in which the drill tangled her hair and it was ripped from her scalp.


Car Surfing


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You have to be pretty brave and a little insane to partake in this challenge. It involves riding on the roof of a moving vehicle. Other versions include riding in a sofa, sled, or any other thing, tied to the car. Approximately 58 people have died as a result. 



Fire Challenge


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This challenge is literally what it sounds like. People pour flammable liquids all over their bodies and then light themselves on fire. Obvious dangers include first and second-degree burns, as well as lung damage, and running away in panic before dousing the flames first.


ALS Ice Bucket Challenge



Someone dumps a bucket of ice water over a person’s head. It promotes awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and encourages donations. Many celebrities have taken part in it including Taylor Swift, Jamie King, Matt Damon, Robert Pattinson, Mark Zuckerberg, and Bill Gates.



The Floor Is Lava Challenge


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This viral challenge from 2017 forced participants to find higher ground because the floor is “lava.” People go crazy trying to jump around causing chaos and panic as they throw themselves on random objects to avoid the floor.


Banana Sprite Challenge


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This viral trend almost always results in nausea or vomiting. You need to eat two bananas and drink a can of Sprite without getting sick.



Salt and Ice Challenge


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This challenge is so dangerous, it’s definitely one that should not be a trend. People pour salt and ice on their bodies. For those who don’t know, this dangerous combination causes second and third-degree burns similar to frostbite.


Charlie Charlie Challenge


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This 2015 challenge was inspired by a Mexican demon named Charlie. It works similarly to a Ouija board; two pencils lay in the shape of a cross on a piece of paper marked with “yes” and “no.” The person asks out loud, “Charlie, are you there?” and the pencil spins to “yes.”



The Harlem Shake


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The Harlem Shake is a classic viral sensation. In the video, one person is dancing while everyone else is going about their business. The bass drops and everyone starts dancing like crazy. At its peak, people uploaded their video to YouTube thousands of times per day. 


The Mannequin Challenge


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A viral video that started in October of 2016, everyone has to remain completely frozen while the video is recorded. Usually the song “Black Beatles” Rae Sremmurd. It gained a lot of attention from sports teams, athletes, and celebrities. The photo above is Taylor Swift and her friends doing the challenge.



Gallon Smashing



This prank is just thoughtless and messy. In 2013, it became popular to deliberately drop jugs of milk all over supermarket aisles. The prank became a viral sensation.


The Apes**t Challenge



This hilarious trend hit the internet in the summer of 2018 when Beyoncè and Jay-Z dropped their joint album Everything Is Love. Their video for ‘Apeshit’ starred the two megastars dancing in front of masterpieces in the Louvre museum in Paris. Inspired fans tried to improvise the scene and film themselves hilariously dancing around in a bed sheet.



Snoot challenge


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The cutest challenge that has ever hit the web is simple in concept, but harder said than done. A dog is filmed sticking their nose into their owners’ hand where it fits perfectly.


Whisper Challenge


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First made popular by Jimmy Fallon, this hilarious challenge involves someone wearing headphones and playing music. The other person says something out loud and the other has to try to read their lips to figure out what they’re saying.



Bottle-Flipping Challenge


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This challenge became so popular that it even inspired apps to replicate the experience. Participants partly fill a plastic water bottle up and toss it with the purpose of it landing right-side up.


Ko Ko Bop Challenge


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The Seoul based boy band, Exo, inspired a viral trend that took over social media. Fans try to mimic the choreography from the music video to “Down Down Baby.” It basically just involves a lot of hip thrusting.