As Buzzfeed noted, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission felt compelled to speak out this weekend against the "Tide Pods challenge" that may well be poisoning thousands of... trend-followers. College Humor touched on the same subject in a 2017 video, called "Don't Eat the Laundry Pods", where a man eats an entire bowl of pods and ends up in the hospital. Someone even came up with the an "edible tide pod recipe", which calls for parchment paper, a brownie pan, and Sprite.More news: Moscow: Trump would make 'big mistake' by leaving Iran deal
Because the pods look like candy, there is a real danger of young kids or older people with dementia mistaking the pods for candy and eating them but the people in these videos know what they're eating and are just doing it because they're idiots who want to go viral. Legit enough that it's apparently become something of a minor public health crisis in the United States, and overnight, the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an actual federal government body, sent out a Tweet pleading with Americans to stop consuming detergent.More news: Voice assistant war between Amazon and Google rages on in CES 2018
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Regarding the challenge, Procter and Gamble issued the statement: "Our laundry packs are a highly concentrated detergent meant to clean clothes and they're used safely in millions of households every day". They should be only used to clean clothes and kept up, closed and away from children. The idea of eating Tide capsules was a recurring joke a few weeks ago; now kids are actually trying to ingest them. You hear that, folks?