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‘Bird Box Challenge’ Believed to Be Cause of Crash


Well, parents, it’s time to have a talk with your kids about a curious phenomenon known as the ‘Bird Box Challenge.’

A long time ago, I said I would never again say, “I’ve seen it all,” and stories like the “Bird Box Challenge” led me to that decision.

To be honest, while I’ve seen trailers for Netflix’s movie, The Bird Box, I haven’t actually watched it, yet. I’m sure I will see it; the trailers certainly look interesting.

From what I’ve been able to glean, the characters in the film are forced to keep themselves blindfolded. Without the blindfolds, they run the risk of seeing some mysterious evil force.

That’s about all I know about the movie. The only other detail I recall offhand is that it stars Sandra Bullock.

Other than that, you may know as much or more about it than I do.

The blindfold portion of the plot seems to have inspired the latest exercise in stupidity. The “Bird Box Challenge” is has become a viral meme in which people record themselves doing things while blindfolded.

If you think the way I do, you can probably already see countless ways in which this could be a spectacularly bad idea. There are plenty of activities in which everyday people might engage that could become dangerous if they happen to be blindfolded at the time.

I would like to assume that driving while blindfolded would strike enough fear in the hearts of anyone who’d contemplate such a move that they’d never actually try it.

I’d like to assume a lot of things.

CBS News reports that a Utah teen attempted such a move and wound up colliding with a pick-up truck.

The Layton Police Department summed it up well on their Twitter account: “Bird Box Challenge while driving…predictable result.”

I have no idea who does their social media, but if I’m ever in the area, I’m going to buy them a cup of coffee!

“Luckily,” they added, “no injuries.”

Luckily? I might have said,”miraculously.”

For some reason, young people can’t seem to resist outrageous “challenges” that they see others doing on YouTube. We’ve seen crazy and potentially dangerous feats like the Condom Challenge, the Cinnamon Challenge and even the Hot Water Challenge.

The reason these challenges seem to be popular, unfortunately, is attention. Kids of all ages seem to think stunts like these will win them fame. In some cases, the fame it wins them is the last moment of fame they’ll ever experience and comes too late for them to enjoy their own notoriety.

Maybe one day the human race will develop a deeper level of common sense.

Until then, we can only hope it happens sooner rather than later.

Patrick is a Christian with more than 30 years experience in professional writing, producing and marketing. His professional background also includes social media, reporting for broadcast television and the web, directing, videography and photography. He enjoys getting to know people over coffee and spending time with his dog.