Have you heard of the cinnamon challenge that has been making its rounds on the web lately? This seemingly harmless sounding “challenge” is anything but harmless, medical professionals say.
Urban Dictionary explains what the cinnamon challenge is all about:
A prank in which one person dares another to swallow, without the aid of water, a spoonful of ground cinnamon within sixty seconds. The spice dries the challenge taker’s mouth and is almost impossible to swallow. Some accidentally inhale the cinnamon which causes temporary but severe chest pain, much to the amusement of the challenger. Challengers use prize money as persuasion.
What is wrong with people?
Does this sound fun? Well, I guarantee you it’s not and it can even be downright dangerous. Cinnamon is a very dry powder and can be inhaled by taking a small breath. By then, it is already too late and the person will be gagging and choking — none of which is fun. Although no deaths have been reported yet, the more people that try this just up the odds.
Here’s a rule of thumb: JUST SAY NO. Spare yourself the trouble and decline any offers to participate in this asinine prank.