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Photo Of New Tide Pod Donut Emerges Online, Because Of Course It Did

Photo Of New Tide Pod Donut Emerges Online, Because Of Course It Did
4 months ago

You may have heard of the Tide Pod Challenge? It's the latest viral craze sweeping the internet, because we all know that Tide Pods filled with detergent are the yummiest of snacks to get you through the day, right?

Believe it or not, this is a real viral challenge.

According to The Washington Post...

"One expert conceded that young children are inclined to explore but was surprised at the number of older children and teenagers who are putting the packets in their mouths.
Last year, U.S. poison control centers received reports of more than 10,500 children younger than 5 who were exposed to the capsules. The same year, nearly 220 teens were reportedly exposed, and about 25 percent of those cases were intentional, according to data from the American Association of Poison Control Centers.
So far in 2018, there have been 37 reported cases among teenagers — half of them intentional, according to the data."

Videos of teenagers trying to eat Tide Pods in various ways swept YouTube, which eventually led to YouTube taking these videos down.

A spokesperson for the website sent this statement to various publications...

"YouTube’s Community Guidelines prohibit content that’s intended to encourage dangerous activities that have an inherent risk of physical harm. We work to quickly remove flagged videos that violate our policies."

And for those who can't infer the dangers of ingesting detergent, The Independent broke it down...

"Detergent - which is used to break up components of waste, is composed of a mixture of synthetic chemicals - and their most important ingredients are surfactants.
Surfactants, long-chain molecules that attach both to water and grease, form “supermolecules” when they are dissolved in water. Our mouths and digestive systems are full of water - as well as fats. And having these aggressively stripped away from your digestive system is harmful."

They go on to explain that ingesting surfactants in large amounts can cause nausea, diarrhea, stomach upset, shortness of breath, foaming at the mouth, and occasionally, death.

But never fear! If you want a tasty looking alternative to eating an actual Tide Pod, this Wednesday, Hurts Donuts in Missouri showed us this (actually) edible homage to the colorful detergent...

I thought this might clear up any confusion there might have been but now adults are throwing donuts in the washer.

Posted by Hurts Donut - Springfield MO on Wednesday, January 17, 2018

This person called up the franchise and asked about the donut, giving us this delightful additional information...

Many were amused...

But many were shaking their heads...

And this person felt that despite the fact that the donut is edible, that this may still encourage people to participate in the dangerous challenge...

Let's all hope that people just opt for the edible version instead.

H/T: Twitter, Facebook, Washington Post, Tech Crunch