NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 3:12 PM
“Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon pours a bucket of water over the head of actress Linsday Lohan last summer as part of the “ALS ice bucket challenge.”
Who doesn’t love a good challenge?
Last month, videos of people participating in the “condom challenge” — where the willing would get a water-filled condom dumped onto their heads that would engulf the skull — took the Internet by storm.
But the viral stunt sparked several safety concerns that included potential choking and drowning risks.
The “condom challenge” is the latest viral stunt to make its rounds on the internet.
Though this is the most recent challenge to go viral online, it certainly was not the first and likely will not be the last.
Here is a look back at some other “challenges” that had the Internet buzzing in recent years:
1. Cinnamon challenge
Back in 2012, many began to record themselves swallowing a spoonful of cinnamon powder without drinking water in an attempt to do so in less than one minute.
The trend quickly gained popularity since those who were unable to handle the spice would cough up a large cloud of orangey smoke.
Doctors and experts warned that the cinnamon challenge could cause choking, difficulty breathing and respiratory problems.
2. Hot pepper challenge
Don’t try this one without a glass of milk on hand.
For the hot pepper challenge, participants record themselves eating the spiciest and hottest peppers they could find, typically a habanero or bhut jolokia (also known as a ghost pepper).
When eating the peppers that rank extremely high on the Scoville scale — (used to measure spiciness) many would begin to sweat profusely, cough violently and even gag on the peppers.
Sadly, many participants made the mistake of chugging water to help during the challenge; however, scientific proof has shown milk is a better choice to drink to avoid feeling the burn.
This YouTuber attempted a variant of the “hot pepper challenge” using a a ghost chili pepper.
3. ALS ice bucket challenge
The meaning behind this challenge was certainly not cold.
Last summer, everyday civilians, celebrities and politicians all got in on the action of dumping a bucket of freezing ice water on their heads.
The reason: To raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, which is a disorder that results in muscle deterioration.
The challenge’s conditions stated that if you declined to have water dumped on your head, you had to donate money to the ALS Association.
The summer campaign for ALS awareness was undeniably successful, with the organization receiving millions in donations.
4. Salt and ice challenge
Another risky challenge was conjured up back in 2012 — this time it was sprinkling salt on a specific area of the body and placing ice cubes on top.
The challenge — “designed” to test pain tolerance — creates a burning sensation due to the chemical reaction of the salt with water on the skin.
As a result, the skin is susceptible to serious burns and frostbite-like reactions.
The “salt and ice challenge” proved to be highly risky as the chemical reaction between salt and ice on the skin could cause serious burns.
In fact, the challenge proved to be so dangerous that a 12-year-old Pennsylvania boy suffered second degree burns to his back after taking on the dare.
5. Kylie Jenner lip challenge
Earlier this spring, the internet was flooded with videos of people attempting to sport and mimic the cosmetic stylings of Kylie Jenner’s enhanced plump pout.
A video posted by Brandi Noll (@aye_its_brandi) on Dec 23, 2015 at 9:21am PST
People would put their lips inside small glasses or bottle openings and suck in, increasing blood flow and swelling the lips.
Doctors warned that taking on the daring phenomenon could cause bruising and scarring.
Jenner tweeted in response to the challenge that she was not encouraging anybody to try and copy her style, but rather she wanted young girls to “not be afraid to experiment with (their) look.”