Hashtag Challenge

Jan 17, 2020
Originally published on January 24, 2020 9:50 am

In this audio quiz, contestants strike a pose and stay verrrrry still as they identify viral internet challenges.

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OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Our next game is about viral Internet challenges. You know, I miss the days when you could just throw a slice of cheese on your baby just for you.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: We're going to play you a clip. You're going to identify the viral Internet challenge. And the points are doubled. Nancy, you're in the lead. And if you stay in the lead, you're in the final round. Christian, you need to get more points, or you have to do the Brooklyn challenge. That is when you drink a large cold brew out of a paper straw before it disintegrates.

(LAUGHTER)

CHRISTIAN THOMSEN: Has it ever been done?

EISENBERG: Nope, it's never been done.

NANCY LIBOW: I'm a Brooklyn girl. I can do that.

EISENBERG: You can do it.

(LAUGHTER, APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Here we go. In 2014, this challenge raised $115 million for the ALS association.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

STEVEN SPIELBERG: Oh, man. That's cold.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Christian.

THOMSEN: The ice bucket challenge.

EISENBERG: Yeah, that's the ice bucket challenge.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: And I believe we were listening to Steven Spielberg's ice bucket challenge. Participants hold a pose while Rae Sremmurd's track "Black Beatles" plays in this challenge named for dress forms that date back to 19th century France.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "BLACK BEATLES")

GUCCI MANE: Rae Sremm, Guwop, Mike WiLL.

SWAE LEE: (Singing) I sent flowers, but you said you didn't receive them.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Christian.

THOMSEN: Mannequin challenge.

EISENBERG: Mannequin challenge. That's right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: In 2019, Netflix urged its viewers to not hurt themselves participating in a challenge inspired by this horror film.

(SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "BIRD BOX")

SANDRA BULLOCK: (As Malorie) Under no circumstance are you allowed to take off your blindfold.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Christian.

THOMSEN: "Bird Box" challenge.

EISENBERG: "Bird Box" challenge, yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Although I have been one to - I walk into mirrors. Does anyone else do that? When they have a mirror in a store, you just walk right into it. People are shaking their heads. Yes, you do it.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Get my eyes checked. They're, like, no, they're fine. It's just your brain.

LIBOW: I know that has happened.

EISENBERG: You know that has happened, but not to you?

LIBOW: No.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: That's sort of like support, Nancy.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: All right. This is your last clue. At the height of this 2012 challenge, Ugg boots were temporarily banned from a Pennsylvania middle school after a student used them to smuggle this spice into the cafeteria.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: (Yelling, coughing). My eyes are watering everywhere.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #2: My throat is on fire.

UNIDENTIFIED PERSON #1: It's burning. OK, seriously, do not do this. This is horrible.

(SOUNDBITE OF BELL)

EISENBERG: Christian.

THOMSEN: Cinnamon challenge.

EISENBERG: Cinnamon challenge is correct.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: All right. Great game. Christian pulled ahead and is going on to our Final Round.

(APPLAUSE, CHEERING)

EISENBERG: Do you have what it takes to be an ASK ME ANOTHER contestant? Go to amatickets.org to apply. Coming up, we'll play a game with Justin Long, who's a Mac. We'll see if when he doesn't know the answer, he stalls and becomes a spinning rainbow.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I'm Ophira Eisenberg, and this is ASK ME ANOTHER from NPR.

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