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How the microwave challenge is heating up the Internet

By Rediff Get Ahead Bureau
April 04, 2019 13:20 IST
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The seemingly simple viral challenge involves people sitting on the floor and spinning around like a microwave plate.

Have you tried it yet?

What is the microwave challenge?

IMAGE: A ballet dancer attempts the viral microwave challenge.  Photograph: Kind courtesy Autumn Klein

After the Kiki and Handcuff challenge, the latest challenge that has taken over the Internet is the Microwave Challenge.

What is the challenge?

The new online trend which kicked off on the vlogging app TikTok in February involves people sitting on the floor and spinning around like a microwave plate.

The challenge is to spin without moving their arms or legs.

What is the microwave challenge?

IMAGE: Former Miss India Universe Simran Kaur recently uploaded a video of her doing the microwave challenge. Photograph: Kind courtesy Simran Kaur/Instagram

Dozens of videos show people sitting on the floor with their legs stretched out straight in front of them, slowly rotating their whole body in a circle, as if sat on a microwave plate.

What is the microwave challenge?

IMAGE: A gymnast takes the challenge with a handstand.  Photograph: Victorian Guyen/TikTok

The challenge is to make it all the way round -- without moving your arms or legs.

It may seem very easy but it is not.

People are surprised how all these people are moving so smoothly by just sitting on the floor.

What is the microwave challenge?

IMAGE: This particular video (external link) was viewed by over 2 lakh people on Instagram. Photograph: Kind courtesy Live with Kelly and Ryan/TikTok

There are thousands of videos on TikTok and nearly 2,000 tagged posts from across the country showing users taking the challenge and sharing their experiences.

While some have failed, most of them have tried it in their own style and found it crazy.

What are you waiting for?

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