Move over Tide Pods: 'Condom snorting challenge' latest trend to go viral

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In America the "challenge" dates back to at least 2007, when a YouTuber uploaded herself snorting a condom, but YouTube pulled the video for containing "harmful or risky content".

"Even if you manage to successfully pull the condom out through your mouth, inhaling a condom up your nose would be very uncomfortable and potentially quite painful". Typing the Condom Challenge into YouTube will leave you with an array of videos of young people snorting condoms up their nose.

In answer to the several queries we've received: yes, the videos are real.

We hasten to add this caveat, however, that despite what you may have read in alarmist press coverage of the phenomenon in early 2018, it is not accurately described as a current "craze", "fad", or "trend". According to the Sacramento Bee, the condom-snorting challenge isn't exactly new - in fact, it's been around since at least 2013 when YouTube star Savannah Strong posted a video of herself completing the challenge.

Condoms were never meant to be used like this, but that's allegedly what's happening.

Tide Pods are so January.

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The "Condom Challenge" is not only gross, it's risky. Teens are circulating videos on social media in which they insert a condom in one nostril, inhale it, and extract it through the mouth.

In fact, most of the discussion on social media seems to be filled with people who are confused about why the "condom challenge" might be a thing - not people who are actually doing it.

Health authorities warn that the new "game" poses a real risk and can kill. A report published in 2004 in the Indian Journal of Chest Diseases and Allied Sciences detailed an "accidental condom inhalation" in which a 27-year-old woman unintentionally sucked a condom down her throat and into her lungs during oral sex. One suffered from pneumonia, while the other got a small piece of the condom lodged in her appendix and had to undergo surgery.

This challenge would "demonstrate to everyone that you have absolutely no proper judgment", Lee wrote.

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