The Short of It
Kids are intentionally slipping on banana peels and posting their falls online. And no, this is not an April Fools' joke.
It all began when a kid named Jason Oakes uploaded a video to Twitter of himself testing out whether banana peels are actually as slippery as some slapstick TV shows make them out to be.
"Yall I tried to see if banana peels were rlly slipper like in cartoons [sic]," he wrote in the caption.
The verdict? Hells yeah, they are. And Oakes totally wipes out in the last few seconds of the clip.
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Since the teen first posted the video, it's been retweeted more than 100,000 times and duplicated by hundreds of other kids who couldn't wait to jump on board the banana boat. Search the hashtag #BananaPeelChallenge, in fact, and you'll find tons of videos of teens trying to hilariously—and sometimes painfully—recreate the slip and fall.
"They see the attention other kids get and it seems like a good idea at the time," clinical psychologist Dena Rabinowitz told ABC News.
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I have to admit, as a comedy fan, these videos are kind of fun to watch. And I probably would've tried this back when I was a kid, too. But as a parent, I can't help but wonder how long it will take before one of these kids seriously hurts themselves and winds up in the hospital.
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"Adolescents often think they're invincible or immortal, so they just don't think they're the ones who are going to get hurt," said Rabinowitz. "A frank, honest conversation about the real-life risks and the reality of how bad the injuries can be are often enough to help teenagers move into the real world and out of that social media world."