#CondomChallenge Goes Viral, But Funny Online Craze Could Be Dangerous

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Condom Challenge
The challenge involves dropping a tied-off condom filled with water on the head of another person usually seated on the edge of a bathtub. Facebook/Chile Vision

A new trend is going viral in social media to promote safe sex by attempting to debunk the myth that a man with a large sex organ could not fit into a condom since a human head could fit into it, according to The Medical Daily.

Similar to 2014’s ALS Bucket Challenge, the #CondomChallenge also places participants at the risk of suffocating and drowning. The challenge involves dropping a tied-off condom filled with water on the head of another person usually seated on the edge of a bathtub. The waterlogged condom is supposed to stay there and snugly wrap around the head and engulf the face, reports the New York Daily News.

Its bubble effect makes the challenge funny. But at least one young woman shared on social media that she almost suffocated while she was doing the challenge. Huffington Post warns that “covering your mouth and nose with an airtight seal can be potentially dangerous and probably shouldn’t be done.”

The first challenge was done on Nov. 16 by two Japanese men who tweeted a video of the challenge. Their tweet got more than 9,000 likes and another 9,000 retweets. On Twitter, a Condom Challenge official account created, posts of the challenge are also seen on other social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram.

The Guardian notes because the recent weeks have been trying, a reference to the Paris terror attacks and its aftermath, “it’s nice to know that no matter how bad things get, there will be people who are prepared to be idiots on the internet.”

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