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GloZell does the Cinnamon Challenge. "What's the Cinnamon Challenge?" This. (Can the Cinnamon Challenge kill you?? Unlikely.)
posted by hermitosis (77 comments total) 19 users marked this as a favorite

 
The horrible wobbly rattle-noise in that long cough at 1:18 is just sublime.
posted by hermitosis at 9:53 PM on February 5, 2012


Looks like we can shut YouTube down now; we have a winner.
posted by Help, I can't stop talking! at 10:02 PM on February 5, 2012 [4 favorites]


From the "Unlikely." link:

and it seems only a matter of time until the challenge delivers a fatal blow to some unsuspecting teen.

Really now?
posted by aaronbeekay at 10:08 PM on February 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


The way she composes herself as she brings the pitcher to the front table. Steadies herself. Prepares to deliver a valedictory remark. Then coughs out another brown cloud and doubles over hacking again. This is pathos, friends. Sublime pathos.
posted by Homeboy Trouble at 10:09 PM on February 5, 2012 [8 favorites]


Oh my! How I cried... It feels so wrong to laugh as someone struggles to breath in front of you... "Over and out"
posted by greenhornet at 10:09 PM on February 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


But I cracked up when she broke out the ladle. I don't know if I believe she actually didn't know what the challenge specified, but oh man. That was like, half that bottle of cinnamon.
posted by aaronbeekay at 10:10 PM on February 5, 2012 [4 favorites]


Surely youre not supposed to use and entire ladle full.
posted by T.D. Strange at 10:10 PM on February 5, 2012


Having followed GloZell for a while on YouTube, basically she'll do ANYTHING for attention, but is pretty entertaining about it. I am 100% sure she is just playing dumb by using the ladle -- she just wants to put on a bigger show than everyone else. However, I'm also 100% sure that this is what it really looks like when you engulf a whole ladle full of cinnamon, so acting clever will only get you so far.
posted by hermitosis at 10:13 PM on February 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


Really now?

god knows if there's anything teens are good at, it's finding new and dumb ways to kill themselves.
posted by empath at 10:15 PM on February 5, 2012 [4 favorites]


That looks similar to, but worse, than the time my friend decided she wanted to find out what happens when you snort citric acid.
posted by aubilenon at 10:25 PM on February 5, 2012


Shit is unpossible. I've seen it attempted many times. Ever see a really drunk guy attempt it and projectile vomit? Yeah I no longer allow people to try this in my apartment for just that reason.

Check out ayyonline chili challenge.
posted by Ad hominem at 10:27 PM on February 5, 2012 [3 favorites]


Damn kids. Get out of my spice cabinet.
posted by desjardins at 10:32 PM on February 5, 2012 [15 favorites]


I think the reason that people keep doing it is that it's really hard to believe that it isn't possible.

Would people try a 'black pepper' challenge?

Or a 'salt' challenge?
posted by empath at 10:33 PM on February 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Over and out.
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 10:34 PM on February 5, 2012


10 pretzel challenge, doable.
Bend over at the waist, lean your head against the wall and try to stand up, doable by women only.
Hold someone down with denal floss, doable. Hold the denal floss on their upper lip right under their nose
10 vodka tonics in an hour, sadly doable.
posted by Ad hominem at 10:40 PM on February 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


Really now?

If you watch a bunch of the youtube videos of people doing this, as I have been doing for the last half hour now, there are definitely moments where people can't get a breath down. I have no doubt that in some fringe case the challenge + a panic attack could kill someone or at least put them in the hospital.

That won't stop me from daring all my friends to try it next weekend, of course.
posted by no regrets, coyote at 10:40 PM on February 5, 2012


Our governor did it too.
posted by SisterHavana at 10:41 PM on February 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


The governor didn't even blink!
posted by empath at 10:43 PM on February 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


(Can the Cinnamon Challenge kill you?? Unlikely.)

Unlikely, but entirely possible. Got asthma? You gonna die.
posted by Sys Rq at 10:43 PM on February 5, 2012 [2 favorites]


Or a 'salt' challenge?

Yikes, please nobody do this. I'm reminded of the woman who mistakenly killed that kid recently with a tablespoon of Zatarain's spice.
posted by threeants at 10:49 PM on February 5, 2012 [1 favorite]


Late at night in a Shari's diner, I had a friend challenge me to do this when I told I had never heard about it. It took me all of two seconds to tell him that I knew what would happen and that no I didn't want to do it. He proceeds to call the waitress over and tells her tor bring back a tablespoon of cinnamon. "Okay, I'll play along" I thought. Dumped it into my mouth while holding my breath and waited a good while for my mouth to produce enough saliva to swallow it down. I eventually did it without to much difficulty, but I'm not sure if there's some stipulation like how much or time or no breaths. That was around 10 years ago, so I'm not so sure this qualifies as the hot new viral meme.
posted by P.o.B. at 11:07 PM on February 5, 2012


Hold someone down with denal floss, doable. Hold the denal floss on their upper lip right under their nose

I cannot wait to try this.
posted by desjardins at 11:32 PM on February 5, 2012 [4 favorites]


The best part is that her poop will smell like muffins for like a week.
posted by LordSludge at 11:34 PM on February 5, 2012 [31 favorites]


I hate the cinnamon challenge. About a decade or so ago I was at a house party telling a friend about it when some big dumb drunk obnoxious stranger staggered up and started talking about how it sounded stupid, eating a spoonful of cinnamon is easy, anyone could do it, etc. I wanted to show obnoxious guy up, so I offered him twenty dollars if he could do it. He agrees, gets a spoonful of cinnamon, and downs it with no problem. The worst that happened is that he said, "yuck, that was gross." So I had to pay up, looking like an idiot. Stupid fallible cinnamon challenge.
posted by painquale at 11:55 PM on February 5, 2012 [7 favorites]


About a decade or so ago I was at a house party telling a friend about it when some big dumb drunk obnoxious stranger staggered up and started talking about how it sounded stupid, eating a spoonful of cinnamon is easy, anyone could do it, etc. I wanted to show obnoxious guy up, so I offered him twenty dollars if he could do it. He agrees, gets a spoonful of cinnamon, and downs it with no problem. The worst that happened is that he said, "yuck, that was gross." So I had to pay up, looking like an idiot.

Dude, you were cinnehustled.
posted by dirigibleman at 12:01 AM on February 6, 2012 [23 favorites]


I'm going to file this with overhyped hot sauces under "pain is not a flavor".
posted by Kid Charlemagne at 12:20 AM on February 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


Why. Why. Whyyyyyyy.
posted by OnTheLastCastle at 12:21 AM on February 6, 2012


Bless you, LordSludge. Eponbelievably funny, and I needed a good laugh.
posted by deanklear at 12:29 AM on February 6, 2012


Somebody clue me in: is it that the cinnamon is spicy and burns your mouth, or that it's such a fine, dry powder that it's impossible to choke it down?
posted by The Tensor at 12:38 AM on February 6, 2012


Don't die wondering, The Tensor...
posted by Trivia Newton John at 12:45 AM on February 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


"In the United States of America, cassia is often sold under the culinary name of "cinnamon" ... Cassia cinnamon's flavour is less delicate than that of Ceylon cinnamon; for this reason, the less expensive cassia is sometimes called "bastard cinnamon"."

I guess that begs the question whether the cinnamon challenge goes down a little differently in the US compared to other countries.

As far as the German food safety agency's warning, liver damage was specifically mentioned as a risk from overconsumption, and that's unique to the faux cinnamon we use in here the US.
posted by crapmatic at 12:45 AM on February 6, 2012


Somebody clue me in: is it that the cinnamon is spicy and burns your mouth, or that it's such a fine, dry powder that it's impossible to choke it down?

It's extremely fine and dry. It's not so much the taste, although it is a factor, but you can even try this out with some good tasting protein powder and have the same problems. It immediately sucks all the moisture out of your mouth and essentially closes off the passage way like cement. Can't swallow, can't breathe, can't chew. So people either panic and breathe a bit of it in or just straight spit it out. You have to allow your mouth to produce enough saliva to get any action happening, but the other part of that is it becomes a solid bolus sitting in middle of your mouth and chewing is really tough when you can't get the mechanics of your mouth into action.
posted by P.o.B. at 1:05 AM on February 6, 2012 [6 favorites]


aaronbeekay: My thoughts exactly. "It is only a matter of time until (ANY ACTIVITY WHATSOEVER WITH NO KNOWN FATALITIES) horribly claims its first victim, therefore were must get angry about it and stamp it out at any cost right now!"
posted by BiggerJ at 1:26 AM on February 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I'm more of a Chubby Bunny person, myself.
posted by alex_skazat at 1:56 AM on February 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


weird. I just discovered this the first a few hours ago, and here it is. Reminds me of the prank in college of getting someone really stoned and daring them to eat saltine crackers.
posted by billyfleetwood at 2:02 AM on February 6, 2012


If you think that’s fun, put a couple of Alka Seltzer’s in your mouth and let them dissolve.
posted by bongo_x at 2:07 AM on February 6, 2012


Nutmeg would be so much more entertaining.
posted by furiousxgeorge at 2:22 AM on February 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


This came up once when I was cooking with friends, so I gave it a try. The challenge is mainly that it takes lots of moisture before it is swallowable, and it's a fine powder that can make you cough if inhaled. If you're careful not to breathe out of your mouth while the cinnamon absorbs enough saliva, it's not too hard. The flavor is a bit spicy, but nothing extreme.
posted by JiBB at 2:33 AM on February 6, 2012


I've done some of these challenges before and they're not that bad if you know what to expect. I shocked people with the eating five saltines crackers in one go in under a minute. (Protip chew your tongue a bit before to get the saliva moving because you're going to need a lot)

Another useful bartrick is eating an entire packet of crisps in a race and the loser buys the next round. Simply open the bag and crush the crisps pour down the hatch and wash down with ale. You'll win easily while everyone else is still picking them out of the bag.

The hard one is the gallon challenge drinking a gallon of milk in under an hour. Just make sure it is skim milk and you will be fine (if you can drink large amounts of liquid) but if it is whole milk there is no way you can digest that amount of fat in time.
posted by koolkat at 2:46 AM on February 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


So, can the cinnamon challenge kill you? Although no accounts of death by cinnamon have been reported, there are indeed risks — and it seems only a matter of time until the challenge delivers a fatal blow to some unsuspecting teen.

Ah, mainstream media. Never change.
posted by Faint of Butt at 3:20 AM on February 6, 2012 [4 favorites]


The cinnamon challenge is probably pretty hard. And that was a lot of cinnamon. But she's still overreacting.
posted by DU at 4:19 AM on February 6, 2012


There's a long line of people torturing themselves for Youtube. For example, there are currently over 3,500 videos of people eating the bhut jolokia, if you're into watching people in pain. And I can't even begin to explain the trend of videos of teen aged boys intentionally crushing their own nuts for the camera.
posted by crunchland at 4:32 AM on February 6, 2012


i stopped watching youtube after that one guy tried to launch a bottle rocket from between his butt cheeks.
posted by quonsar II: smock fishpants and the temple of foon at 4:40 AM on February 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I used to bake raising bread with my young son (he was 2 or 3 at the time), and he loved picking out the raisins that were covered in molasses and cinnamon before I rolled up the loaves. One day I was called away to the door or the phone or something, and when I came back into the kitchen, he'd obviously been at the cinnamon bottle, because he was screaming bloody murder. I guess he thought that if a little was good, a lot must be great! He learned something that day.
posted by rikschell at 4:53 AM on February 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


getting someone really stoned and daring them to eat saltine crackers.

A friend of mine does not, let us say, handle his cannabis very well. So of course I like to fuck with him while he's stoned. A few years ago at a camping trip--we were both too old for this kind of prank--he had maybe had a bit too much, and I suggested to him that maybe a graham cracker would make him feel better.

It didn't.
posted by uncleozzy at 4:59 AM on February 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


Is this the new Old Spice campaign?
posted by Napierzaza at 5:03 AM on February 6, 2012


I'd love to know where this colloquial misuse of the radio operation terms "over and out" got its memetic start. It must have been in a really popular movie or song or something and reinforced very strongly in cultural identities. Because it's such a heinous misuse. It's nothing any real radio operator would ever say. It's the equivalent of saying "i'm done talking and i anticipate a response + i'm done talking and i i do not anticipate a response". Bizarre.
posted by seanmpuckett at 5:07 AM on February 6, 2012


"check and mate"
posted by DU at 5:09 AM on February 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


up next: hats of meat
posted by thelonius at 5:35 AM on February 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I've just watched three of these and in all three cases the cinnamon eater was standing in front of a sink, yet all three still went to the fridge for bottled water. Your job is complete International Bottled Water Association, now please enjoy the laurel and fuck off.
posted by kuujjuarapik at 5:37 AM on February 6, 2012 [14 favorites]


The internet never fails to entertain. God bless people who are bored and have access to a webcam.
posted by Fizz at 5:43 AM on February 6, 2012


the earliest known mention of “Cinnamon Challenge” can be found in a blog entry by Jason Kottke dating back to December 22, 2001.[1]

11 years for the info trickle down.
posted by R. Mutt at 5:53 AM on February 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


* Which means my mother in law should ask about this in about 2019.
posted by R. Mutt at 5:55 AM on February 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Stupid grade school stunts performed by grown-ass adults.
We wouldn't have this without you, Internet! <3
posted by orme at 5:59 AM on February 6, 2012 [2 favorites]


This guy does the Cinnamon Challenge no problem downing a whole bottle of it. He also seems to have no problem eating or drinking anything.
posted by lilkeith07 at 6:13 AM on February 6, 2012


What happens when a stoned person eats a graham cracker or saltine?
posted by Faint of Butt at 6:34 AM on February 6, 2012


This guy does the Cinnamon Challenge no problem downing a whole bottle of it..

Oh sure, easy to do when you're a fremen.
posted by empath at 6:35 AM on February 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


aubilenon: "That looks similar to, but worse, than the time my friend decided she wanted to find out what happens when you snort citric acid."

Ouch. I tried smoking aspirin once (did you never notice that "aspirin" is "aspiring" without the 'g'? I didn't until just now). Anyways, DO NOT TRY TO SMOKE ASPIRIN!

It's called acetylsalicylic acid for a REASON. Shit burns.

Also - saw this clip the other day and was like "hell NO she's not using a ladle... and then she doesn't have water at the ready? oh dear, this won't end well..."

I did the challenge w/my ex's son (he convinced me to do it, and we had it on video, but my ex promptly (and wisely, probably) deleted the video.

Seriously. Not fun.
posted by symbioid at 6:42 AM on February 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


"And I can't even begin to explain the trend of videos of teen aged boys intentionally crushing their own nuts for the camera."

No. Really? No.

Really?

"What happens when a stoned person eats a graham cracker or saltine?"

Yeah, I'm dying of curiosity. Do tell.

"And I can't even begin to explain the trend of videos of teen aged boys intentionally crushing their own nuts for the camera."

Wait...just...mmm...really? No.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 6:45 AM on February 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


I tried smoking aspirin once

I like how you just drop this in the conversation with no explanation.
posted by empath at 6:46 AM on February 6, 2012 [8 favorites]


I couldn't stand the cooning. Natalie Tran manages to be awesomely funny in her YouTube videos without acting like a complete buffoon. I've watched Glozell since a while back but I just couldn't take the cooning any more. It's a well known character that some of us put on from time to time as a joke, but it is funny done 1 out of 100 times, not as a steady character. You're better than that.
posted by cashman at 6:46 AM on February 6, 2012


"Oh sure, easy to do when you're a fremen."

Nah, a Guild Navigator.

"I tried smoking aspirin once"

An ex told me that she had thought I was hard-core because of that vodka enema story that everyone tells about me. I told her, no, I'm just a fucking idiot.
posted by Ivan Fyodorovich at 6:49 AM on February 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


P.o.B.: You said bolus.

*swoon*
posted by flyingsquirrel at 6:49 AM on February 6, 2012


That dude who eats a whole bottle has a video where he eats condoms?

He also drinks 4 jeager bombs in 30 seconds. I know for a fact I could do that.

Stupidest thing I've seen someone snort was Tang mix.

I've smoked cornsilk I made into a giant cigar with newspaper, the newspaper was the worst part.

Swallowing crackers is really hard when you have cottonmouth.
posted by Ad hominem at 6:49 AM on February 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Once more, for effect:

Eating a large amount of salt can kill. Attempt no landings there.

This message has been brought to you from the guy who answers nearly ALL "Can I eat this?" questions with "Yes."
posted by IAmBroom at 6:51 AM on February 6, 2012 [5 favorites]


Stupid grade school stunts performed by grown-ass adults.
We wouldn't have this without you, Internet! <3


I disagree. We'd still have it, it just wouldn't be as widely publicized or easily spread through the masses.
posted by Fizz at 6:52 AM on February 6, 2012


Stupidest thing I've seen someone snort was Tang mix.

The stupidest thing I've seen someone snort was black pepper mixed with wasabi powder.

This was someone who never did drugs and didn't drink.
posted by empath at 6:53 AM on February 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Ad hominem: "Swallowing crackers is really hard when you have cottonmouth."

Why would your snake matter? Does he like crackers too? Then give them to him, he might bite you.
posted by Splunge at 6:56 AM on February 6, 2012 [3 favorites]


Snakes do not like crackers, especially when they are high.Oddly, they have no problem with the cinnamon challenge.
posted by Ad hominem at 7:24 AM on February 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


Wait...just...mmm...really? No. --- I don't seek them out, but they're commonly featured on Attack of the Show. I suspect it's a derivation of the stuff featured on Jackass years ago. I don't really understand it myself, but it's definitely a thing.
posted by crunchland at 7:44 AM on February 6, 2012



empath: "I tried smoking aspirin once

I like how you just drop this in the conversation with no explanation.
"

Kids do stupid things, here is an anecdote of such stupid things in a thread about kids doing stupid things. Is that better? I had no real explanation, I just thought "hey let's try this!" I eventually got smarter w/my drug usage...
posted by symbioid at 8:48 AM on February 6, 2012


Or do you mean "I smoked it in a Mtn. Dew. Can bowl"?
posted by symbioid at 8:52 AM on February 6, 2012


DO NOT TRY TO SMOKE ASPIRIN! It's called acetylsalicylic acid for a REASON. Shit burns.

Shoulda freebased it.
posted by exogenous at 10:26 AM on February 6, 2012


bout a decade or so ago I was at a house party telling a friend about it when some big dumb drunk obnoxious stranger staggered up and started talking about how it sounded stupid, eating a spoonful of cinnamon is easy, anyone could do it, etc. I wanted to show obnoxious guy up, so I offered him twenty dollars if he could do it.

And that's the entire internet, right there folks.
posted by Stagger Lee at 11:18 AM on February 6, 2012 [1 favorite]


empath: "The stupidest thing I've seen someone snort was black pepper mixed with wasabi powder.

This was someone who never did drugs and didn't drink.
"

...and who clearly didn't need to.
posted by Joakim Ziegler at 11:28 AM on February 6, 2012


A dreamer of pictures
I run in the night
You see us together,
chasing the moonlight,

My cinnamon girl.
posted by banshee at 3:03 PM on February 6, 2012


Oh yeah. I did this on a retreat at university. We were divided for the weekend into half a dozen or so groups which periodically had to select one of their members to fulfill a fear-factor-style challenge.

So there we are standing in front of the rest of the group holding a dixie cup with a heaping tablespoon or so of cinnamon.

(1) Chug. Hey, this is dumb. The cinnamon is now entirely in my mouth and I will now swallow.

(2) (while swallowing) That's weird, where did all the saliva in my mouth go?

(3) Uh. Holy Shit. There is cinnamon stuck in my throat and I cannot swallow any more because I am no longer producing saliva.

(4) COUGH CINNAMON LIKE A MOTHERFUCKING DRAGON.

(5) OH GOD THIS IS NO LONGER FUN. MY NOSTRILS ARE FILLED WITH CINNAMON. MY MOUTH IS FILLED WITH CINNAMON. MY THROAT IS FILLED WITH CINNAMON. I CANNOT BREATHE.

(6) (running to washroom with six other half-blinded, asphyxiating, coughing participants)

(7) (vomiting in sink/toilet/garbage receptacles)

(8) (rinsing mouth furiously)

(9) (blowing nose until mucus is no longer brown for rest of night)

(10) (being super-pissed for the rest of the weekend at the idiot organizers of the event who apparently had never actually done this and did not realize how extreme this would be)
posted by tivalasvegas at 7:20 PM on February 7, 2012


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