Gut Check: Making simple sense out of life
By Lenore Skomal Erie Times-News staff blogger
Lenore Skomal is an award-winning author and veteran journalist in all forms of media. She is a weekly columnist and daily blogger for the Erie Times-News. She’s authored 17 published books, including an anthology of her columns, Burnt Toast available on her website www.lenoreskomal.net.   Read more about this blog.
Posted: March 20th, 2012
Have you heard of the cinnamon challenge?

It’s dangerous. And ludicrous, too.

The cinnamon challenge has been ranging around the Internet for the past few years, and been around way longer than that. But lately has wound up in the headlines because of reported cases of people, mostly kids, being sent to the hospital.

What’s the cinnamon challenge? It’s a dare that’s pretty much gone viral online. The dare is to eat a spoonful of the dusty spice without sipping water or any other liquid. Even if you did drink water, cinnamon is one spice that doesn’t dissolve in the conventional sense, like say, salt.

The problem? Choking. Throwing up. Even seizures. Cinnamon, like most spices, isn’t meant to be eaten by the spoonful. But kids will be kids, and dares are, well, dares. Thousands of videos on YouTube attest to this.

What do you think?

 

 

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