The exponential growth of social media has brought with it some bizarre modern phenomena. One of the more recent ones is the viral online challenge. Some viral challenges have been for worthwhile causes in the past; however some are just mere fun. The latest craze on the block, #thebottlecapchallege has been taking the internet by storm. The popularity of the bottle cap challenge started in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA), and the pros made it look easy. The premise is simple on paper, however it is evidently far less simple to achieve in practice: All you have do is deliver a spinning back kick to an unscrewed bottle cap and knock it off the bottle without knocking the bottle over. You must the proceed to post the proof on Instagram.
As the challenged gained popularity, Jason Statham decided to undertake the challenge with the utmost agility and finesse:
After being challenged by John Mayer, Statham wrote in the caption of his post, “#bottlecapchallenge #challengeaccepted @erlsn.acr This thing landed on my head from @johnmayer but will quickly go to a couple of fellas we’ve seen do push-ups badly.” He also made a couple of challenges, adding, “All yours @guyritchie and @jmoontasri,” referencing martial artist James Moontasri. Ludacris also commented on the post, writing, “And the winner is…..” while John Mayer, 41, accepted defeat, writing, “You: tall Keanu. Me: short Keanu.”
Moving on from Jason Statham, Conor McGregor, the former UFC lightweight and featherweight champion, took the challenge from actor Jason Stratham, and executed it impeccably. McGregor then proceeded to nominate none other than… Floyd Mayweather, his opponent and arch rival in The Money Fight. While Mayweather took advantage of his leverage to dictate the terms of their 2017 boxing match, for the bottle cap challenge, he won’t be able to negotiate the ruleset and change it to punching exclusively, so don’t hold your breath waiting for him to take Floyd up on the challenge.
The bottle cap challenge has also made its way across the oceans! Recently, Siddhant Chaturvedi posted a video in which he undertook the challenge. He effortlessly executes the daunting task and makes it look ever so easy.
The origin of the worldwide challenged was traced and it initially begain approximately a week ago by taekwondo champion Farabi Davletchin from Kazakhstan. Farabi posted the first bottle-cap video from his Instagram account, @farakicks. In the video, Davletchin kicks the blue cap of a plastic water bottle clear off (while someone holding the bottle, which appears to be more than half full). The video was filmed in slow motion, to highlight and accentuate the precision of the kick. He captioned the challenge #farakickschallenge, but also used the hashtag #bottlecapchallenge. Davletchin initially challenged actors known for their martial arts stunts, including Jackie Chan and Jean-Claude Van Damme, but surprisingly, Canadian fashion designer Errolson Hugh happily took up and embraced the challenge. Not only did Hugh successfully kick a pink cap clear off a glass bottle, but he did it in such a way that in slow motion, the cap appears to drift upward like a butterfly. Hugh, 47, hashtagged his video: “#notbadforafashiondesignerlol”
To pass on the challenge and keep the chain going Hugh challenged the UFC’s Holloway, 27, who gladly delivered an expert bottle blow, sending the cap spinning in out of control. Incredibly, however, the cap did not part from its bottle. Realizing the cap would not budge, Holloway punched the air and let out a frustrated shout. As the challenge continues to gain popularity, on lookers are excited to see who will take part and how creative they will get.