When the ice bucket challenge came out in the summer of 2014, it immediately spread worldwide with celebrities, athletes and politicians taking part in the fun. It was done in the name of ALS research, and helped raise awareness and funds for a good cause. Forbes reports that over $115 million was raised by the viral internet trend, and has led to breakthroughs in the field.
The latest trend that is sweeping across schools in the UK is one that not only doesn’t stand for anything, but instead has been sending some children to the hospital. In the “salt & ice” challenge, children and teenagers have been putting the two substances on their skin to create a chemical reaction that causes burns similar to frostbite.
When salt is added to ice, it lowers the temperature of the cube which in turn draws the heat out of skin cells, reduces blood flow and can result in something akin to third degree burns. It’s a dangerous trick that has been around for a long time in schoolyards, but with the advent of social media is now gaining popularity.