In recent years, there has been a bizarre trend for online eating challenges. For some reason, there is an audience out there who find watching people chow down on weird stuff truly captivating. Remember the Tide Pod challenge? The company ended up having to speak out against the trend, as a worrying number of people decided to film themselves eating these highly dangerous (and undoubtedly disgusting) laundry detergent capsules.
It's clear eating challenges aren't for the weak. But one which has recently taken the internet by storm looks potentially even more hazardous than the rest. A vlogger known as Seaside Girl Little Seven has gone viral for all the wrong reasons, as she attempted to consume an octopus - while it was still alive! The octopus wasn't having it, though, and ended up retaliating in a painfully ironic way - and the internet can't believe it!
If there's one thing the internet loves, it's a challenge.
via: ShutterstockThe idea of setting a task that few can complete (but many will enjoy watching) is something fairly unique to the online community.
And there's one area where these challenges typically manifest.That's in the world of eating. Consuming strange substances (sometimes under a time crunch) is a popular internet trope.
An fairly early option was the cinnamon challenge.In this feat, participants had to attempt to swallow a teaspoon of the potent spice without any water.
To be fair, this one was pretty funny.The challenge was essentially impossible, and so it was basically an excuse to watch people choking and coughing out plumes of powder.
But some challenges have been a little more problematic.At the beginning of 2019, something called the "Tide Pod challenge" started creeping up online.
It all started when people noticed something strange.
@Kevintronlol @caradelevigene @RobGronkowski Tide Pods are laundry detergent. They are made to clean clothes and nothing else.— Tide (@Tide)1516848131.0
Many people admitted they shared the fantasy.It became a meme, sort of playing on our weird compulsions. But then some took it a step further.
Many began sharing viral videos of them eating the pods.The problem? These detergent filled pouches were extremely dangerous for human consumption - even as a joke.
In fact, things (kind of) got serious.
What should Tide PODs be used for? DOING LAUNDRY. Nothing else. Eating a Tide POD is a BAD IDEA, and we asked our… https://t.co/X0QqVnvJCX— Tide (@Tide)1515795314.0
So it's clear these challenges aren't all fun and games.In fact, when serious health issues could be the result, perhaps it's best sticking to eating things purely for sustenance and enjoyment?
Although you can't convince everyone.There are many people out there vying for internet attention, and who will go to pretty bizarre lengths to get it.
As one vlogger proved this week.
via: Daily MailShe has an internet persona known as "seaside girl Little Seven" on Chinese video sharing platform Kuaishou.
She's clearly a fan of an octopus.
via: Daily MailIt appears she enjoys both playing with them and eating them, if her web presence is anything to go by.
But her latest post took her love to a whole new level.
via: Getty ImagesIn it, the vlogger attempts to eat a Giant Pacific Octopus. But not only does she not season or cook the fish - she actually tries to eat it alive.
This enormous octopus is no joke.They can grow to absolutely enormous sizes. Along each of their eight arms, a fully grown member of the species will have almost three hundred powerful suckers.
Eating almost alive fish is actually a delicacy in some parts of the world.The fact it's sometimes still moving is thought to be a credit to its incredible freshness - although there's something a little bit creepy about it.
Not put off, though, the vlogger attempted the strange challenge.She shared the results on her social media platforms - and they were not what she expected.
She first attempted to put the octopus in her mouth.Although for many, octopus is a delicious snack, we're pretty sure the reason for eating the creature live was not its taste.
Nonetheless, she (bravely?) made her attempt.
via: Daily MailAt first it seemed as though everything was going according to her (slightly bizarre) plan.
But then things took a turn.It seemed as though the octopus realized what was happening to it - and decided it needed to take its revenge!
It decided to retaliate in a distinctly octopus fashion.
via: Daily MailIt pulled itself away from the vlogger's waiting mouth, and suctioned itself to various areas of her face, instead.
It's clear octopuses are not to be messed with.For creatures who look like they're made of jelly, they're actually surprisingly powerful - and those suckers really pack a punch!
At first, the vlogger laughed along.
via: Daily MailBut it quickly became apparent it was actually not joke, as the octopus refused to let go and started to hurt her.
The giant Pacific octopus is actually a very successful predator.It can use its many powerful suction cups to pull in a large number of types of prey - including (it seems) human beings!
The girls seemed a little shaken up.
via: Daily MailAlthough after giving up on the challenge, she did make a promise that she was going to try the bizarre attempt again.