Would you rather see who can...shove the most marshmallow's in their mouth, chug a gallon of milk in an hour, OR swallow a spoon-full of cinnamon? Well much like Planking, these two feats have been just as prolific in popular and material culture as the Sunggie. For every generation its a different sort of challenge, where today it's Vodka eyeballing and smoking Smarties while yesterday it was sniffing Pixy Stixs and passing-out during Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board. The real question is what happened to drinking a little NyQuil, smoking a joint, taking a shot, or drinking a beer? Instead kids today are of drinking hand-sanitizer and sticking vodka soaked tampons up their asses.
Its tough being a teenager, you have hormones flaring and your parents blaring. Lets start off the seemingly wholesome challenge of chugging a gallon of milk in less than an hour. First off, why milk? Well the properties of milk make it that much more difficult for your stomach and lower intestines to process, along with the fact the stomach can technically only hold a half-gallon of liquid.Your vomiting reflexes will most likely kick in, thus creating a white waterfall of mucus milk and curdling crud. It is hard to believe that nobody has ever died from this, aside from some fraternity fucks puking off a bridge onto coming traffic and causing an accident. Following this funk, the cinnamon challenge is the idea to swallow a spoonful of cinnamon with out spitting a sand storm. Although seemingly harmless, this one left one teen in the hospital for four-days with pneumonia and a collapsed lung. Cinnamon is so drying that it is nearly impossible to swallow, thus causing the participant to choke, gag, vomit, inhale grounds into the lungs, and run the risk of dying. Although not as dangerous, smoking smarties and sniffing Pixie Stix leaves particles in the lungs but at less velocity.
As for butt-chugging or the alcohol enema, this is the most dangerous because it leads to faster intoxication and inability to vomit due to over intoxication, not to forget the direct poisoning of the intestines. And the most impressive of teen trend is binging on hand-sanzi, where through a distillation process involving salt, kids are turing the gel into a 120 proof moonshine. Yikes. So the the next time you want to catch a buzz, forget going to the bar, swing by your nieces or nephews for the underground shit.
100 Objects of Popular and Material Culture is an blog exploring the manifestations of human consumption and commodity-ization. The purpose of this experiment is to explore material and popular culture in contemporary society by using objects and concepts to prompt wider questions and reflections. So by emulating The British Museum's and Neil MacGregor's format of A History of the World in 100 Objects I plan to satirically analyze and reinterpreted 100 material culture objects over the course of 2014. Material Culture is the study of our culture's consumption of stuff; namely the manifestation of culture through material productions where people's perceptions of objects is socially and culturally dependent. With this, objects reflect conscious and unconscious beliefs on the the individuals who fabricated, purchased, or used them, and by extension the society where they live. So examining materiality, cultural truths and societal assumptions may be discovered. As anthropologist Arjun Appaduai states "in any society the individual is often caught between the cultural structure of commodity-ization and his own personal attempts to bring a value and order to the universe of things." Objects and commodities make up a much larger symbolic system consisting of want and need, socio-economic status, fashion, etc. Often times form follows function whether the commodity, market, and or consumer forever evolve around one-another. Philosopher Pierre Bourdieu's theories of capital flow full circle; where regardless if you are a minimalist or a hoarder the world is made up of things and everyone will leave their footprint on the earth. So by humorously analyzing marketed objects and concepts, hopefully this blog will provide further incite into ideas of over-consumption, a disposable society, consumerism vs. anti-consumers, planned obsolescence vs. sustainability, as well as the greater good of mankind and future generations.