The Bottle Cap Challenge Is Taking The Internet By Storm

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Celebrities like Jason Statham (L) ,John Mayer (M), and Mariah Carey (R) have helped make the Bottle Cap Challenge viral (Credit: @jasonstatham, @johnmayer, @mariahcarey Instagram)

The Internet loves a fun challenge. Over the years, thousands of people have doused themselves in ice for the charitable ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, frozen in action for the Mannequin Challenge, and even picked up garbage for the Trash Bag Challenge. The latest to join this never-ending trend of viral competitions is the Bottle Cap Challenge.

One of the most athletically-demanding challenges to go viral, it requires participants to unscrew a bottle with their foot, while attempting a swift roundhouse kick. Started by Taekwondo instructor and fighter Farabi Davletchin in late June 2019, the challenge started to pick up steam after American musician John Mayer nailed the task in early July. Mayer dared English actor Jason Statham to do the same, who in turn passed the baton to director Guy Ritchie. The celebrity videos, posted on social media apps like Instagram, caught the public's attention and a new Internet trend was born.

Though the initial videos mimicked Davletchin's deft martial arts move, participants, which now include corporations, have gotten increasingly creative since. Extreme Sandbox, a US-based heavy equipment adventure company, slid off the bottle cap of an oil gallon with a 26-ton Komatsu excavator.

German automobile manufacturer BMW used the challenge to showcase its vehicles and the driving skills of the company's head instructor, Claudia Hürtgen. Meanwhile, Minnesota-based Matsuura Machinery performed the trick with one of its 5-axis automated machining tools!

Though all the videos are entertaining, the best one, thus far, is of Ultimate Fighting Champion (UFC) legend and current Light Heavyweight champ Jon Jones attempting the challenge. In the clip, the boxer pretends to attempt the roundhouse kick but shies away from actually kicking off the bottle cap. He then calmly leans over, and unscrews the lid the old-fashioned way — with his hands!

Thinking of participating in the fun challenge? Here are a few tips from experts. Start by loosening the liquid-filled bottle's lid until only a few twists remain. Then place it on a ledge or table at chest height, or even lower, depending on your kicking prowess. Use a plastic bottle so there is no danger of it breaking in case you topple the whole thing over and, most importantly, make sure your camera person is ready to capture your feat.

Resources: Metro.co.uk, Interestingengineering.com

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  • lovebooks123
    lovebooks123Thursday, June 4, 2020 at 11:16 am
    the last one was so what
    • animereina2020
      animereina2020Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 7:54 pm
      Lol! I think I would fail the bottle cap challenge! Me: tries to kick the water bottle cap but instead kicks the whole water bottle and spills all over the place. Water Bottle: Not cool! You just kicked me, and now I showed you who's boss! Mwahahaha!
      • animereina2020
        animereina2020Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 7:51 pm
        I used to go to karate and learned how to do round house kicks
        • augy
          augyWednesday, April 22, 2020 at 1:37 pm
          that is fun
          • bookfan2008
            bookfan2008Monday, April 20, 2020 at 4:52 pm
            This is kinda weird and cool at the same time:)
            • bsc
              bscMonday, April 20, 2020 at 6:33 am
              cool
              • winterlynx
                winterlynxMonday, March 30, 2020 at 7:46 pm
                This is wierd
                • kotlcfitzphie13
                  kotlcfitzphie13Thursday, March 12, 2020 at 5:46 pm
                  Awesome, i don't like karate or taekwondo, but the challenge is cool!
                  • wither
                    witherSunday, March 8, 2020 at 10:25 pm
                    Bottle flip is better.
                    • mastatom999
                      mastatom999Friday, March 6, 2020 at 8:53 am
                      i wanna try!