The Bottle Cap Challenge Is Taking The Internet By Storm


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.


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  • offman55
    offman55Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 9:32 am
    mason is being smart just like the last guy
    • dolphincorn
      dolphincornSunday, January 5, 2020 at 6:45 am
      The videos are so cool😎😆
      • ak-olm
        ak-olmTuesday, December 17, 2019 at 9:07 pm
        Is this the next water bottle trend?😮
        • taylorlovecats2
          taylorlovecats2Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 10:56 am
          i herd it but not tried it yet
          • isie_12
            isie_12Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at 11:57 am
            That last one wa s super funny!😂
            • lily1119
              lily1119Monday, November 25, 2019 at 8:36 am
              I have never known about this, well I've known about bottle cap challenge, but not that it was viral
              • mooshroomz
                mooshroomzSunday, November 24, 2019 at 4:39 pm
                I do taekwondoe and the fact that they could hit a target that is that small with enough force to unscrew the cap is amazing
                • lolman12321
                  lolman12321Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 5:54 am
                  that is so cool
                  • bobby_boshay
                    bobby_boshayMonday, November 11, 2019 at 3:33 pm
                    that last one. just wow. woooow! when people over complicate things.
                    • boomface
                      boomfaceMonday, November 11, 2019 at 10:16 am
                      wow im going to try it