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online craze Gardai warn new Tik Tok challenge is like 'playing Russian roulette' after woman is hospitalised

What started out as an innocent game has turned highly dangerous over the last month as bored teens attempt the latest craze to create more engaging content for their followers.

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TikTok is a social network where users upload and share videos

TikTok is a social network where users upload and share videos

TikTok is a social network where users upload and share videos

Gardai believe the latest social media challenge "will cost lives" and compared it to "playing Russian roulette" as impressionable and bored teens take to Tik Tok's 'ghosting' game.

What started out as an innocent game has turned highly dangerous over the last month as bored teens attempt the latest craze to create more engaging content for their followers.

Martin Guilfoyle is among the most-followed Irish DJs on Tik Tok who says: "You'd put a bed-sheet over your head and have your photo taken in public, in a funny or a quirky place and post it.

"I think someone just decided it'd be funny or hilarious to do it by lying down on the road and trying to stop cars."

Controversy

The public have now been warned by gardai not to carry it out on the roads after a woman in Limerick was hospitalised for a number of days last month after carrying it out.

"An Garda Siochana have been made aware of a social media trend circulating online called 'ghosting'," said a garda spokesperson.

"This ongoing trend challenges persons to lie on a roadway with a sheet placed over them in an at-tempt to stop oncoming traffic. It's like playing Russian roulette; the consequences are unimaginable," he continued.

It's not the first time a social media challenge has caused controversy in Ireland and around the world.

Here we take a look at some of the worst and best challenges:


NEKNOMINATION

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Neknomination

Neknomination

Neknomination

In 2014 Neknominate became one of social media's most infamous games where idiotic followers on SnapChat and Twitter would film themselves drinking a pint of an alcoholic beverage, usually beer, in one gulp and upload the footage.

A participant then nominated another person to do the same within 24 hours.

As it spread, it escalated, with nominees performing the challenge in more extreme circumstances.Suddenly they were drinking more potent beverages, large bottles of alcohol, in one go or engaging in dangerous activities either during or immediately after drinking.

Several deaths, including some in Ireland, were attributed to the craze, including victims from Carlow, Dublin and Clare, with a father of one victim appearing on the Late Late Show warning youngsters not to partake.

Among well known people who took part was Marc O'Neill (pictured right) from TV3's Tallafornia, who was pictured on the front of the Sunday World downing a bottle of Captain Morgan rum in one go.


PLANKING

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Planking

Planking

Planking

Believed to be the first social media challenge of them all, planking involved lying on a flat surface or holding the body flat while it was supported in only some regions, with other parts of the body suspended.

Many participants in planking photographed the activity in unusual locations and shared such pictures through social media.

Planking gained popularity rapidly from early-mid 2011 until it slowly phased out in early 2012.

Several deaths and injuries have been blamed on the fad as users attempted to make their 'plank' more daring.

Among those who've been pictured doing it are UFC star Patrick Barry and singer Regina Spektor, while it has been referenced in songs by the likes of Eminem, Kanye West and Jay-Z.


LIP CHALLENGE

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Lip Challenge

Lip Challenge

Lip Challenge

In an attempt to get the perfect pout lips like influencer Kylie Jenner, someone created the Lip Challenge in early 2015 and it quickly caught on.

Teenagers all over the world started inserting their lips into a shot glass, small jars or bottles before sucking out the air, creating a vacuum.

The hope was that they'd end up with pouty lips like the reality TV star. But most attempts went awry as girls ended up with bruises, soreness and even torn skin.

While no one died from this stupid challenge, the severe bruises would last for up to ten days and some participants even needed antibiotics after they developed infections from severe suction.


THE CINNAMON CHALLENGE

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The Cinnamon Challenge

The Cinnamon Challenge

The Cinnamon Challenge

The Cinnamon Challenge is a viral food challenge that involves people recording themselves, eating a spoonful of ground cinnamon in under 60 seconds without drinking anything.

The challenge, similar to the Kylie Jenner 'Lip Challenge,' was met with scrutiny due to health risks for the mouth and throat from swallowing cinnamon.

The challenge has been around for about 15 years but peaked in 2012 and then again in 2014.

It has been done by various athletes and celebrities and has been included in television shows and reality game shows. This challenge was mainly posted through YouTube and Facebook.


THE MANNEQUIN CHALLENGE

The Mannequin Challenge is when a group of people remain frozen like mannequins while a song, usually Black Beatles by Rae Sremmurd, is playing in the background.

This challenge originated at Edward H. White High School in Jacksonville, Florida, when a student decided to stand completely still at the front of the class and other students joined in.

The Mannequin Challenge spread like wildfire as celebrities, professional sports teams, activists and even politicians joined in on the viral trend, using the hashtag #MannequinChallenge on Twitter and Instagram as it exploded in November 2016.

Among celebrities who have taken part are singers Garth Brooks, Britney Spears, Paul McCartney and Taylor Swift, former First Lady Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton, who did it with her husband Bill, and rocker Jon Bon Jovi among others on her campaign plane.


HARLEM SHAKE

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The Harlem Shake

The Harlem Shake

The Harlem Shake

The Harlem Shake - not the dance from the 1980s - is a 30-second video that begins with one person in a mask or helmet on, dancing to the beginning of Harlem Shake by Baauer surrounded by people not paying attention.

The meme usually features participants performing flailing or in convulsive movements and was established in a video uploaded on February 2, 2013 by YouTube personality Joji on his DizastaMusic channel.

The video featured the character Pink Guy from The Filthy Frank Show entitled Filthy Compilation #6 - Smell My Fingers, which featured a section in which several costumed people danced to the song Harlem Shake by Baauer.

Fifteen seconds in, the song features a bass drop and that is when the video includes a jump cut to the entire crowd dancing wildly, usually using props and costumes.


ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE

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The Ice Bucket challenge

The Ice Bucket challenge

The Ice Bucket challenge

This craze from 2014 is perhaps the most famous of all the social media challenges and proves that not all of them have to be dangerous and stupid.

What started as a fundraising campaign, the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, quickly transformed into one of the biggest viral sensations ever, drawing in celebrities, such as Oprah, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates.

The challenge took form in 2014 when golfer Chris Kennedy was nominated by a friend to partake in the Ice Bucket Challenge. He selected ALS and passed it on due to a relative suffering from the disease and within a few years more than €130million had been raised for the charity.

Of course, just because it was for a good cause it didn't stop some idiots trying to make it more dangerous and several people ended up in hospital when they used more ambitious props like diggers to dump the iced water on them.


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