The internet can sometimes be a pretty strange place. Because everyone has pretty much equal access, which trends go viral can be a democratic process - and what people choose to consume isn't always what's expected. Nowhere is this more true than in the realm of the online "challenge," iterations of which we've seen blow up over the past few years.
Some of the most well-trained fighters on the internet have been sharing one very peculiar skill on social media - and a lot of famous faces have gotten involved.
The internet has really taken over the world.Trying to imagine life before we had such constant online access seems almost impossible now. And because we're now all so intrinsically connected, the internet can offer some us something pretty unique.
Which can lead us down some pretty weird paths.The fact is, basically anything goes online. It's a place that's both incredibly individualistic, but also gives us a sense of belonging and community - which sometimes leads to pretty strange results.
Humanity has an intrinsically competitive nature.And when you have a space wherein literally millions of us can interact, that means there's also a space wherein literally millions of us can compete.
This has led to a certain internet phenomenon.That of the "online challenge." Basically, someone comes up with a bizarre concept, dares others to try it, and it spirals out of control for a number of weeks ... or until the next challenge comes along.
Over the years, we've seen some pretty weird ones.Perhaps the first online challenge, the cinnamon challenge peaked in popularity in early 2012. In this challenge, users had to hold a spoonful of the painful, powdery spice in their mouths for sixty seconds - a feat which proved near impossible.
Others had more of a purpose.In the summer of 2014, a popular social media trend involved dumping an entire bucket of ice water over one's head. Rather than just being an unpleasant experience, it was supposed to raise awareness of ALS, too.
But some challenges were truly stupid.At the end of 2017, teens around the world decided to give into their basest instincts and start consuming Tide laundry pods. This challenge was actually incredibly dangerous and resulted in six deaths.
So you can see why online challenges have a bit of a dubious reputation.In some ways, they seem to appeal to our most unattractive qualities as humans - the desire to show off, the desire to fit in, and, of course, the desire to get attention.
But, once in a while, something different comes along.And the latest challenge that has taken the internet by storm is surprisingly skillful - and actually interesting to watch.
It started with skilled MMA fighters.These athletes are incredibly disciplined and hardworking - so it's not exactly surprising that they can perform feats that most mere mortals can only dream of.
The challenge in question?Well, it involves an expertly executed spin kick. This means it's not just about raw power, but precision, balance, and skill, too.
And how do they test that?These perfect spin kicks are being used to do something decidedly fiddly - removing the screwed on cap from a bottle. Don't believe us? Read on.
The challenge appears to have been started by MMA fighter, Max Holloway.
Be curious my friends! #challengeaccepted #bottlecapchallenge Passing this on to our guy @JohnMayer …. hey John if… https://t.co/yR1vWHnBXh— Max Holloway (@Max Holloway)1561741133.0
The original post quickly garnered lots of responses.
@BlessedMMA @JohnMayer @erlsn WIN #challengeaccepted #bottlecapchallenge #challenge #ufc https://t.co/LtKGbuBfDU— A/P (@A/P)1562013310.0
Others took a different approach.
@BlessedMMA @Anpherknee @JohnMayer @erlsn Now my turn https://t.co/TCiFydMq4n— Fastbreak32 (@Fastbreak32)1561747388.0
Some people even recorded spoof videos.
@realjstatham @JohnMayer @jmoontasri Hold my beer.. https://t.co/HPZfD9dWsB— Goose Wayne Batman (@Goose Wayne Batman)1562017760.0
Then the internet noticed something exciting.
@BlessedMMA @JohnMayer Let’s gooooooo! https://t.co/5KamwcPVto— Errolson Hugh (@Errolson Hugh)1561744782.0
Unbelievably, Mayer delivered.
Mayer wasn't the only celeb participant.
I couldn't resist 😉 #BottleCapChallenge Inspired by my action idol #JasonStatham, I will repost/retweet the Best I… https://t.co/eh4fxBtdkD— Akshay Kumar (@Akshay Kumar)1562130070.0
Some of the attempts are absolutely incredible.This bottle cap challenge with a breakdancing twist may be our favorite - and perhaps the most skillful we've seen...
Although not everyone was quite on point.
Some attempts were just plain hilarious.
#BottleCapChallenge (Disclaimer: I didn’t read the directions. Am I doing this right?) https://t.co/bwPn7EmBSI— Christopher Daniels (@Christopher Daniels)1562130797.0
There were some pretty unlikely participants.
And two of pop culture's most legendary badasses got a lot of attention.
Excellent job Jason Statham, I tip my cap to you. I’ll take it from here. I nominate Floyd Mayweather.… https://t.co/GvVPPp1x1k— Conor McGregor (@Conor McGregor)1562017618.0