• Wed, Jul 30 - 12:30 pm ET

Teen Is Unsurprisingly Injured When He Lights His Chest On Fire For Viral Challenge

kentucky-teen-burned-fire-challengeOh, teenagers, how I love you and your silly antics; dinging, donging, and ditching, smashing gallons of milk in the grocery store, lighting yourselves on fire.

If you search for “fire challenge” on YouTube, you’re going to find a slew of videos of kids (and some adults) trying to get naturally selected by dousing various parts of their bodies in some kind of quick-evaporating accelerant, like rubbing alcohol or hairspray and than lighting themselves on fire.

Because humans are the most intelligent creatures on Earth, sometimes they choose to immolate their chests, and other times it’s their scrotes, because if you want to risk burning something, it should probably be your balls, right?

Most of those videos end with the star of the show shaken up but unharmed (usually the accelerant burns off before the flames have a chance to burn skin) and everybody gets on to comment about how stupid the stunt was.

One Kentucky 15-year-old, though, didn’t come through unscathed. Don’t worry–he’s injured but not too seriously–but he’s nursing his pride alongside his second degree burns. He’s clearly a smart boy, since he seems to have a pretty good grasp of what happens when you mix rubbing alcohol with an open flame:

“I just poured alcohol on it, and lit it, and it just automatically went and burst.”

Someone futilely asked the question, “What were you thinking?” over at WKYT, to which he answered, ”I don’t know, I wasn’t thinking really.”

Truer words have never been spoken. I don’t know why we continue to wonder why the youths do stupid shit. Does no one else remember being a teenager and doing idiotic things without writing up a five-point plan beforehand or mapping out potential consequences? Because I do. Some of them involved fire.

I don’t love it when people go on and on about how these types of stunts are “sweeping the internet” and “exploding in popularity”, because I just don’t think that’s true. Yes, there’s a good amount of videos online of people doing it, but that always makes it sound like teenagers are hiding in basements and self-immolating in packs when really, most kids probably don’t find the idea of lighting themselves on fire appealing.

According to The Washington Post, the Lexington Police have asked child services to investigate the situation, which is a little bit baffling, because if there is one certain thing in this world, it’s that kids of a particular age are going to do idiotic, potentially dangerous stuff no matter how hard you attempt to supervise them. Then again, there could be something else going on that just hasn’t been made public. I will say that if a teenager being an idiot is grounds for investigation, we all might be doomed in a decade.

(Image: WKYTV)

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  • https://twitter.com/perfctlyflawd1 JenH1986

    I’m glad CPS wasn’t called for every dumb thing I did growing up.

    This is further proof teenagers clearly don’t have developed brains yet.

    • https://twitter.com/FaintlyXMacabre Theresa Edwards

      it could be unrelated but yeah, seriously.

  • joanne

    Just give the kid (and all others who are trying this) a copy of The Burn Journals by Brent Runyon. Admittedly his is an impulsive suicide attempt but he sets himself on fire to do it. The pain that he describes is HORRIFYING.

    When I did science club in high school, we did a demonstration for kids about rubbing alcohol, but we used cloth soaked in alcohol not our own chests. (We also did it with some alcohol in our cupped hands but that was for our own interest not to display for children)

  • Véronique the Attachment Shark

    Quick! Someone call the guys that sell Essential Oils so that they can sign this teen up for his own personal healing testimonial! …too soon?

  • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

    I shouldn’t be laughing, but I am totally laughing at this. What a dummy! It is a miracle teenagers manage to make it to adulthood.

    • M.

      I think it’s totally fine to laugh when teenagers hurt themselves doing really dumb things, but that’s just me.

    • Amber Leigh Wood

      Me too. Teenagers have been found stupid stuff for years.
      We used to do the thing in high school where you squeeze the air out of friends and they pass out. A friends bf actually had a seizure one time, which frightened me out of ever doing it again… Not him though. People even taped others doing it, we just didn’t have YouTube to put it on.

    • M.

      We did that too. Teenagers are the dumbest.

    • Ursi

      If I were his mother after the initial freak out and hospital visit I would be laughing at him for the rest of his life.

    • rockmonster

      Hey! We’re not all stupid enough to set ourselves on fire for a dare!

    • Bleu Cheese Bewbs

      I was once a teenager, too. :)

  • Ezzy666

    We used to be just as stupid. We just didn’t have the internet to share what we did with the world.

  • noodlestein’s danger tits

    I hate the idea that goes aorund that “teengagers nowadays” are so much more idiotic, ect, than we were at that age. No, kids/teenagers will and have ALWAYS been stupid. What has changed is how thigs like this are viewed by the world at large. Now people overreact to things like crazy, like that mom in FL getting arrested for letting her 7yo walk to the park. It just infuriates me that CPS is called for things like this when there’s real abuse that goes unnoticed and unreported. Selfies have always been around, kids have always been stupid, and people need to calm the hell down about it. When did everything get so drastic?

    • M.

      Hear hear! I used to light my bathroom floor on fire with hairspray. Because I was smart like these kids. And I totally agree, everyone’s gone batshit crazy overboard about safety. When there are kids that are beaten to death, starved, isolated, and otherwise actually abused, why on EARTH waste time on a mom who just wants her kid to go outside? My brain is constantly exploding.

    • Rachel Sea

      The mirrors in my middle school bathrooms were permanently bollocksed from girls spraying them with hairspray and lighting them.

    • M.

      Because who DOESN’T want to light hairspray on fire once you figure out it can be done!?

    • noodlestein’s danger tits

      Yep! When my brother and I discovered it could be done, it was like MAGIC.

    • noodlestein’s danger tits

      Yep! When my brother and I discovered it could be done, it was like MAGIC.

    • rockmonster

      On one hand…
      and on the other..

    • biggerthanthesound

      My niece was arguing with her mom about getting a cell phone and asked me how old I was when I got one. Uh, they became affordable for the masses when I was an adult, so yeah.

    • rockmonster

      Dad showed me a car phone and an old brick cell once. Alledgedly you can play Snake on the latter.

  • jane

    If teenagers intentionally setting their balls on fire doesn’t cement the theory of natural selection, I’m a monkey’s uncle.

    See what I did there?

  • Rachel Sea

    I was a fire dancer and one of my tricks was to light my hands, arms, and tongue on fire. I always worked with at least one other person so we could provide safety for each other, and guard the fuel and tools. We had to be incredibly alert against drunk party-goes who were aggressively confident that they could do the same things we did. I did a big show with a large group once, and one of the performers left her fuel can open (HUGE no-no, we never worked with her again). A drunk guy got so far as to stick his hand in the fuel, and was trying to light it when me and one of my friends tackled him. He could have burnt all the skin off his hand down to the bone if we hadn’t gotten to him – and that’s why I carried 10 million dollars in insurance.

  • Rowan

    BREAKING NEWS: teen does dumbass thing because he can

    The internet didn’t exist when I was a teenager and guess what? Yeah.

  • guest

    Darwinism.