Forbidden Fruit

Forbidden Fruit


Angel Gorostieta, Staff Writer

Memes are a funny and entertaining way to communicate with people online and in real life by sharing a good laugh, but are things getting out of hand with some of the newer memes?

In February 0f 2012, the multinational corporation Procter & Gamble introduced the Tide Pods laundry detergent packs. According to Consumer Reports, there were increased calls to poison control centers due to children ingesting the product. On December 4, 2013, Straight Dope Forums member Silvorange submitted a post titled “People Eating Tide Pods” discussing rumors about people eating the detergent packs.

The Tide Pod meme refers to jokes centered around the idea of eating Tide Pods laundry detergent capsules, which are often compared to Gushers candy and other colorful foods due to their packaging and appearance. Online, the references are typically made in a similar vein to bleach chugging and the consumption of other hazardous so-called “forbidden snacks.”

These memes escalated from harmless fun to life-threatening very quickly with the introduction of the “Tide Pod Challenge.”
The challenge involves the contender “eating” a Tide Pod and then spitting the soap from their mouths. Some go as far as actually ingesting the tide pod, which can lead to vomiting, abdominal pain, flatulence, and diarrhea and, in rare cases, vomiting or formation of considerable amounts of foam in the mouth which involves an aspiration risk. A YouTube video detailed the effects of ingesting bleach.  Certain Tide Pods contain bleach. When consumed, which they shouldn’t be, they can cause burns to the digestive track since bleach contains sodium hypochlorite which is corrosive and can destroy human tissue. When bleach is ingested it stays in your stomach for quite a while which can severely damage it. When you are in the hospital the doctors have to extract the bleach from your stomach. But a problem arises, your stomach and esophagus are damaged and no longer functional. To try to resolve this problem you have to have a special reconstructive surgery called a Esophagectory and colon interpositon. This involves cutting the small intestine, unfolding a section of it, making it go over the breast bone, and connecting it to the opening of your throat. And since you no longer have a stomach, you lack stomach acids to break down food. In this case, you’re put on a diet in which you can only consume liquefied food.

  So,  next time you decide to “do it for the meme”, remember that it could lead to you having to eat — or should I say drink — your favorite food.
  Please, if you want to eat a colorful snack, stick to Gushers.