If you haven’t heard, a fun new trend is the Tide Pod Challenge.
What started as a joke about how the bright colors of the laundry detergent pods make them look strangely delicious has morphed into some surreal situation where people were warned of an epidemic of people eating detergent pods that hadn’t happened and by doing so, caused it to happen.
The memes won’t stop just because people are actually putting laundry detergent in their mouths, and yes, that means the Sharks are now part of this, too. We dug deep into the data and the results may surprise you.
pavelski: would never eat a tide pod— sie nicole ✌ (@nowyousieme) January 18, 2018
burns: thought the meme was ironic, is shocked that people are actually eating tide pods
ward: prevents others from eating tide pods
cooch: eats a tide pod out of self-loathing
hertl: genuinely thought it was fruit
burns and jumbo: ate a tide pod once on a dare. they dared each other because they both wanted to try it.— sie nicole ✌ (@nowyousieme) January 18, 2018
martin: stares you in the eye as he eats the tide pod— hierdonskoimus bosch (@atrodorsus) January 18, 2018
Jumbo: "What's a Tide Pod?"— Sleepyhead McDonald's (@no_treefiddy) January 18, 2018
Timo tricks Lebanc into eating a tide pod.— lias andersson’s lack of fucks (@homenotahotel) January 18, 2018
@KyleDemetrius Boedker: Holds the tide pod forever with the intention of eating it but eventually just gives it back to the store clerk....am I doing this right?— Steve Fishman (@SFish415) January 18, 2018
The discourse has spread. A familiar face and friend of the blog has put together these nifty charts for optimizing Tide-pod-eating viz-needs, which were quite useful as we became overrun with data:
Which leads us to this horrifying conclusion:
thanks for following pic.twitter.com/AMAXhx5ML5— hierdonskoimus bosch (@atrodorsus) January 18, 2018
Now keep in mind, this is just by the numbers and numbers don’t tell a complete story. It’s about using these numbers in conjunction with the eye test to explain what’s going on. Data is a tool, not an answer. Draw your own conclusions, but there’s a pretty compelling case made here.
I don’t believe in much, but I believe in Tide pod eater, Martin Jones.
Nothing in this is serious except that y’all shouldn’t eat Tide pods. I shouldn’t have to say that.