Depending on who you ask, it’s been a minute since TikTok inadvertently ruined a portion of American life as we know it. A few years ago, we were all dining on Tide pods, and just recently, TikTok convinced an embarrassing amount of females to wear their vaginal secretions like perfume.
So what’s the newest trend? While it would be nice if the newest TikTok clusterfuck included something like compassion for one’s fellow man, or using your blinker in traffic, we regret to inform you that TikTok’s newest trend is actually cooking chicken in Nyquil.
No, you’re not having a weird and deliriant fever dream brought on by a combination of sleepy antihistamines and salmonella, you actually read that right. This week, the FDA is warning Americans not to try the “Nyquil Chicken Challenge” because how in the fuck would you possibly think cooking meat in cold medicine would be a good idea?
According to an article from NPR, the Food and Drug Administration issued a warning telling TikTok users (or any moronic American, really) not to cook their chicken in Nyquil for a variety of reasons.
“Boiling a medication can make it much more concentrated and change its properties in other ways," reads the FDA’s warning. "Even if you don't eat the chicken, inhaling the medication's vapors while cooking could cause high levels of the drugs to enter your body. It could also hurt your lungs."
While we appreciate the FDA looking out for our well being, we’re going to be viciously honest here: boiled down amounts of dextromethorphan and acetaminophen mixed with chicken is far from the worst thing we’ve consumed today, let alone this week.
TikTok has been quick to warn users of the challenge, which has been quite accurately coined as #sleepychicken.
Looking for the challenge causes a warning to pop up on the app that reads “Some online challenges can be dangerous, disturbing, or even fabricated. Learn how to recognize harmful challenges so you can protect your health and well-being.”
While this warning has fantastic intentions, we find it incredibly disturbing that TikTok thinks that its user base has any semblance of critical thinking skills whatsoever.
The challenge was allegedly a joke upon its creation, with a twitter user posting a photo of chicken soaking in Nyquil back in 2017.
“If she makes you Nyquil chicken, don’t let her go,” read Twitter user @trjstn’s tweet, who likely had no idea half a decade ago that by the time his tweet resurfaced on the internet, this nation would be so far gone and back ass-wards that it would actually be taken seriously.
Meanwhile, we sense a resurgence in the hiphop scene when it comes to sleepy chicken. With the popularity of promethazine mixed with sprite in the rap game these days, we think it’s only a matter of time before notable rappers and hiphop artists start filming their music videos while eating chicken cutlets dipped in Nyquil. Unfortunately, that just seems like the obvious next step.