The Hot Water Challenge, And What You Should Tell Your Kids

First of all, it’s not just hot water, it’s boiling hot water. It’s sometimes called a “prank,” but pranks are supposed to be harmless, fun, and a minor inconvenience, not life-altering.

The basis of the challenge is that someone boils water, takes that water and dumps it onto an unsuspecting person. If that doesn’t make you lean forward in your chair yelling “idiot!” at your computer screen or phone right now, I don’t know what will.

As you can probably assume, people are becoming terribly disfigured by this challenge. It’s boiling hot water. Water boils at 212 degrees. I don’t know about you, but anything above 110-ish degrees is already awfully uncomfortable for me, even for a couple seconds under the faucet. Imagine someone dumping a pot full of boiling water down your back, like in this video below.

So yeah, pretty stupid, right? It gets worse. Some “friends” (with quotation marks, because apparently they revealed that they didn’t like the girl in snapchat videos earlier) invited a girl to a sleepover, and while she was sleeping, they poured boiling water on top of her. It burned her back, chest, face, and shoulders. She was burned so badly that doctors won’t even let her see the burns – she has no idea to what extent she was burned. She’s just 11 years old. The 12 year old who poured the water was actually charged with felony assault. Another person dared her cousin to DRINK the boiling water. She suffered burns to her mouth and throat, resulting in a tracheotomy, and she actually wound up dying from suffocation after several months of suffering during recovery. She was just 8 years old.

So yeah, make sure your kids know about the “challenge” as it’s called, and that it’s absolutely nothing like what a prank should be. What happened to the good old days of putting tape under someone’s computer mouse or tickling their face after giving them a handful of shaving cream?

Internet popularity, man.


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