What is the #CharlieCharlieChallenge that all the kids are playing?


First it was the #KylieJennerLipChallenge. Then came the mysterious Game of 72. Now, following in the foodsteps of those grand trend-itions (sorry; couldn’t resist), it’s the #CharlieCharlieChallenge: the latest Twitter sensation to sweep across the nation. The Charlie fad didn’t originate in America, but it sure is gaining visibility and followers here.

So–what is this secret #CharlieCharlieChallenge? It’s quite simple, really. You take two pencils, and put them on a sheet of paper in the form of a cross. Or, if you like, a lowercase t. Then, in the boxes the pencils form, you write “Yes” and “No” alternately. Like this:



Once you’ve done that, you recite the following powerful incantation: “Charlie, Charlie, are you there?” And then you wait to see in which direction the top pencil rolls. If it points toward “Yes,” congratulations! You are in the presence of a powerful Mexican spirit demon. At which point you erase “Yes” and “No” from the boxes, and fill them in with the answers to the question you’re about to ask of this demon. Which demon will answer, truthfully…from beyond the grave.    



Allegedly, this game originated in Mexico, where it was called “Sí o No” and followed the exact same rules. “But,” you might be asking, “if the game originated in Mexico, why is the demon called ‘Charlie’?” To which the proper response is: “Is that the only logical flaw you see here?”

The game’s principal purpose seems to be to send people out of the room screaming in terror, much to the amusement of the other participants. (It’s rather like a Ouija board in this regard.) Also to while away the lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer, into which most of the game’s participants were launched when school let out nationwide over the last few weeks. But it isn’t even June yet. So, if that’s true, we have a long summer of weird Twitter-inspired games and internet hoaxes ahead of us.


(Photo credits: WENN)

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