What is the Charlie Charlie Challenge?
Charlie Charlie Challenge
Sitting by a bonfire last night, my partner asked me about the Charlie Charlie Challenge. I was clueless, but interested enough to listen and watch what she found for me on the internet through her phone. Apparently, it has become popular among teens and young adults. Then I realized the latest fad is the Charlie Charlie Challenge. It can found in any search engine and any streaming video site, such as YouTube. In this challenge a piece of paper is divided into four parts, each part labeled yes or no, with two pencils intersecting forming a cross over the lines that divide the paper. Those who perform the challenge feel they are summoning a demon “Charlie.”
Just what is the Charlie Charlie Challenge origin? According to BBC News (2015) the closest they have found were a video using glass beer bottles set up just as the pencils are in the Charlie Charlie Challenge with the same set up of yes or no beneath them, just as the pencils are. As I further researched, I have found the best origin to be from the Dominican, in which students would perform this for humor purposes in schools. It seems Charlie is a child who has committed suicide, a car crash victim, or a Mexican entity who is in contact with the devil (The Washington Post, 2015). This is a trend that has picked up quickly during this month.
As with any trend, should you be worried about this one? It depends! Are you a skeptic when it comes to the supernatural or paranormal? Do you believe spirits can follow you? One would conclude worrying is subjective. Personally, a game is a game and that’s how I view it, but you won’t see me taking a chance playing it at my house. You just never know.
BBC. (2015). Where did Charlie Charlie challenge come from? Retrieved from http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-32887325
The Washington Post. (2015). The complete, true story of Charlie Charlie, the ‘demonic’ teen game overtaking the internet. Retrieved from http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-intersect/wp/2015/05/26/the-complete-true-story-of-charlie-charlie-the-demonic-teen-game-overtaking-the-internet/