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Latest Viral Challenge Has People Screaming Into Pots And Trying To Trap The Echo

Amy Pilkington 5 May 2019

We've seen a lot of viral challenges in the age of social media. Some are for a good cause, like the Ice Bucket Challenge, and some are just silly fun, like the Mannequin Challenge.

Of course, there have also been dangerous challenges, like the Bird Box Challenge, which involved people wandering around blindfolded in public.

Mostly, I like the idea of challenges.


They can be a lot of fun and they let you take part in the social media community in a way other than talking about your breakfast or arguing about politics.

As long as people use common sense and don't try the clearly dangerous ones, I don't see the problem.

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While many challenges are based around endurance or crazy antics, sometimes they grow out of curiosity.

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Someone has a stray what if thought, tries it, and if there's a fun result, shares it on social media.

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The latest viral challenge feels like one of those.


Someone, somewhere wondered if you could trap an echo in a pot and #PotChallenge was born.

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It seems to have stemmed from a 2018 video that has recently resurfaced.

In the video a woman screams into a pot and quickly covers it with the lid. When she removes the lid, her scream seems to echo out as though it was trapped.

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It's pretty fun to yell out into a vast open space and hear your voice echo back to you.

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But how cool would it be to trap your echo? It could be like a time capsule where you don't open it for 100 years and it will still be there.

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If this sounds ridiculous, that's because it is, but that hasn't stopped people from trying.

Some people play it completely straight, posting videos proving that the trick actually works.

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In case you haven't realized it yet, it's fake.

You can't actually trap an echo in a pot, but the idea is just so silly that the "challenge" quickly became a meme.

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More and more videos have been popping up, with increasingly silly results.

Most of them use silly music or funny quotes as the "echo," but be careful. In one I found, a guy used the "echo" to spoil Avengers: Endgame.

Don't worry. I didn't include that one in this article.

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Many people who believed it was real were understandably very disappointed.

The Internet can be full of so much trickery and evil.

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This person even had the whole line up going for testing.

They tried them all, so you don't have to.

From a frying pan, to a soup pot, and even a sauce pan, none of them seemed to trap their echo.

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This girl really went for it, only for the pot to echo back betrayal.

She says, "I don't think I sealed it properly."

No, no. You were fine. It just isn't a thing.

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Since it's gone viral, the original Twitter user, @Kevin_Corona18, chimed in to say they were inspired by Mr. Moseby.

He's a character from the kids' show The Suite Life of Zack & Cody, who in one famous scene let out his anger into a pot and covered it. A few minutes later, one of the twins takes off the lid and releases the scream's echo.

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Is this whole thing ridiculous?


Yep, but these days we can all use a little silliness, and I'd much rather have people faking pot echoes than eating Tide Pods. Wouldn't you?

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