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Tide pods and whether the San Jose Sharks would eat them

This is exactly what it says on the tin.

San Jose Sharks v Arizona Coyotes Photo by Norm Hall/NHLI via Getty Images

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.

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:

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.