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The Milk Crate Challenge is trending, and risky. 

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Every now and then, the internet opens a portal on a weird new trend. Enter the Milk Crate Challenge. You can find a growing collection of videos on TikTok, Instagram, Twitter and the like of people stacking milk crates, trying to climb them like a staircase, and taking terrible falls, because believe it or not, piles of milk crates are not structurally sound.

On TikTok, videos with the hashtag #milkcratechallenge had racked up more than 10 million views, and #cratechallenge had more than 82 million views before the platform started taking them down. Here’s what’s going on with the Milk Crate Challenge.

What is the Milk Crate Challenge?

The Milk Crate Challenge involves stacking milk crates in a pyramid of sorts so they form steps. People try to climb up one side and down the other as the stacks get increasingly precarious. When they make a misstep or the physics of the situation just don’t hold out, they fall to the ground, usually on top of the toppled crates. 

Is anyone getting hurt?

So far it’s hard to tell if anyone has gotten seriously injured.  falls could result in injuries like “broken wrists, shoulder dislocations, ACL and meniscus tears, as well as life-threatening conditions like spinal cord injuries.” 

The videos of the falls can be pretty wince-inducing, watching people land on their backs, sides and stomachs, directly on the hard plastic corners of the crates. In one, a guy stands at the very top of the pyramid and wobbles dramatically for several seconds before taking another step and just crashing to the ground. 

Baltimore’s Health Department tweeted a reminder that if you get hurt doing this trend, there might not be a hospital bed for you given the severity of the coronavirus pandemic. 

Then there’s this skilled woman, who managed to get up and down a stack while wearing heels. 

How did the challenge start and what are people saying about it?

It’s unclear how exactly the trend got started, though it seems to have picked up steam over the weekend. On Monday night, it even made Jimmy Kimmel Live when guest host Stephen A. Smith showed some clips and talked about how dumb he thinks the trend is. 

“We’re all so worried about COVID, but TikTok is what’s going to kill us,” he told the audience.