The #MilkCrateChallenge: Pure Hilarity or Total Insanity?

by Shine My Crown Staff

The Milk Crate Challenge has gone viral this month. And while potentially dangerous, the masses are scrambling to upload their very own versions of the challenge to social media.

Some of the challenges include folks attempting to run up and down the stacked milk crates without falling and injuring themselves.

We’ve witnessed women attempting (and succeeding) to complete the challenge wearing high-heeled shoes. Even a bodybuilder climbing to the top of the crate pyramid before getting in a few arm curls with heavy weights — and even while rolling a blunt!

“It’s the biggest thing that’s going on in every neighborhood right now,” blogger and podcaster Itsbizkit told The Washington Post. “You go to any park or public place right now and you’ll see crates there.”

The challenge has not been met without controversy.

Health officials are warning people against partaking in the challenge.

“Everyone needs to do their part in supporting first responders and health-care providers, and that involves not partaking in challenges like this one that are putting additional strain on the system,” Shawn Anthony, an orthopedic surgeon specializing in sports medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York,” told the news outlet.

Even TikTok says it will be removing the videos from its platform.

“We remove videos and redirect searches to our Community Guidelines to discourage such content,” the statement said. “We encourage everyone to exercise caution in their behavior whether online or off.”

“You can open up a textbook, and all injuries are on the table,” said Dr. Rajwinder Deu, a professor of orthopedic surgery at John Hopkins University to USA Today. “Everything depends on your fall, what angle you fall and what part of your body hits the ground first,” Deu said.

Deu says the worst-case scenario could lead to paralysis or even death for unlucky participants.

The #MilkCrateChallenge has been likened to the “Tide Pod Challenge” of 2018, where people filmed themselves ingesting the laundry detergent pods. The challenge led to a spike in calls to poison control centers and laundry pods removed from shelves.

Be safe out there.

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