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Please Donít Eat a Tide Pod, No Matter What the Memes Say
New York Magazine ^ | Madison Malone Kircher

Posted on 01/04/2018 11:18:32 AM PST by nickcarraway

Tide Pods contain detergent. For washing your clothes and your sheets. Not for eating. Doesn’t matter how much they look like a snack, or a candy, or an oversize Gushers. You shouldn’t eat them unless you’d like to, well, potentially die. A child might not know better, so you should probably keep them out of reach of little hands — these things have killed before — for safety. (Or just buy some boring, cheaper, non-pod detergent. It works better anyway.) If you, after all of this, are still looking at a Tide Pod and thinking, Maybe just a little bit … you definitely shouldn’t go on Twitter today. Tide Pod–eating, a long-running internet joke, has reached something of a fever pitch this December.

The earliest origins of the Tide Pods–as–food bit date back to an internet forum in 2013, according to Know Your Meme. The topic of said forum, however, was less about Tide Pods as a delicious snack and more about old people and kids accidentally eating them. In the years following, sites like College Humor and the Onion both created content around the idea of edible laundry pods. See here: “Don’t Eat the Laundry Pods” from last March. Communities of people — on Twitter and Reddit — have since become very into talking about eating, or how badly they want to eat, Tide Pods. (I’m assuming that very few to none make good on these conversations, given the whole Tide Pods are poison thing.)

This December, there have been a number of viral tweets about Tide Pod–consumption that seem likely to have been the impetus for the detergent renaissance this week. The most important being a person who tweeted at Gushers on the day after Christmas with something “very important” to tell them. They sent a DM asking if Gushers would consider making a fruit snack shaped like a Tide Pod — which is a great idea if you ask me — so all of the would-be Tide Pod–munchers could satisfy their pod hunger. Gushers blocked the user after receiving the DM.

If anybody knows a gummy company looking for a hot new product, I think we might be onto something here. And again … don’t eat the dang Tide Pods. Though if you do, please have somebody film you and send us the video.


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Food; Health/Medicine
KEYWORDS: boom; memes; notfood; q; qanon; tidepods
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Why people are (mostly) joking about eating Tide Pods

Tide Debuts New Sour Apple Detergent Pods

Maybe Tide should pull this product and go back to the drawing board?

1 posted on 01/04/2018 11:18:32 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Critters, too.


2 posted on 01/04/2018 11:21:47 AM PST by RedStateRocker (Nuke Mecca, deport all illegals, abolish the DEA, IRS and ATF.)
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To: RedStateRocker

What are critters?


3 posted on 01/04/2018 11:22:56 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Personally, I think anyone who wants to nominate themselves for a Darwin award should go for it. Yes, keep the stuff away from children, pets and mentally disabled adults, but everyone else who is stupid enough to eat the stuff because it looks pretty probably shouldn’t be contributing to the gene pool.


4 posted on 01/04/2018 11:24:25 AM PST by Avalon Memories (The question about.out fighting back is not what average people can to do, but how to do we do it?)
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To: nickcarraway

If people want to eat’em, let’em. It’s not like we have a shortage of fools!


5 posted on 01/04/2018 11:26:20 AM PST by beelzepug (The permanent political class that runs this country is...the great(est) danger we face)
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To: nickcarraway; RedStateRocker

I think RedStateRocker means that your pets might eat the pods.


6 posted on 01/04/2018 11:29:09 AM PST by Tax-chick ("It's the end of the world as we know it ... if the sky is falling, I don't want to be below it.")
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To: nickcarraway

Congress critters


7 posted on 01/04/2018 11:29:15 AM PST by SkyDancer ( ~ Just Consider Me A Random Fact Generator ~)
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To: nickcarraway

Is that where the saying “Roll Tide Roll” comes from?
Is it like “Drill Baby drill”?


8 posted on 01/04/2018 11:29:35 AM PST by 353FMG
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If we can’t get people to stop eating glue paste, what chance is there of getting them to stop eating tide pods?


9 posted on 01/04/2018 11:30:12 AM PST by rlmorel (Leftists: American Liberty is the egg that requires breaking to make their Utopian omelette.)
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To: nickcarraway

I think our American gene pool could use a good cleaning.


10 posted on 01/04/2018 11:31:03 AM PST by pinkandgreenmom
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To: Tax-chick

Ever had a TidePod?


11 posted on 01/04/2018 11:33:50 AM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

...and don’t forget those big white mints in the urinals ... don’t eat them either!


12 posted on 01/04/2018 11:34:04 AM PST by ThePatriotsFlag (We are getting even more than we voted for!)
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No, I do an average of five loads a day. I buy Purex liquid in the super-extra-large jug in order to get the lowest price per-ounce.


13 posted on 01/04/2018 11:35:07 AM PST by Tax-chick ("It's the end of the world as we know it ... if the sky is falling, I don't want to be below it.")
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To: nickcarraway

Roll Tide!


14 posted on 01/04/2018 11:37:57 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: nickcarraway

Bloggers should snack on them while devising plans to score traffic.


15 posted on 01/04/2018 11:39:28 AM PST by humblegunner
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...and don’t forget those big white mints in the urinals ... don’t eat them either!

Funniest thing I've read for quite awhile. I literally LOL'd!

16 posted on 01/04/2018 11:42:22 AM PST by Menehune56 ("Let them hate so long as they fear" (Oderint Dum Metuant), Lucius Accius (170 BC - 86 BC))
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To: nickcarraway

Almost every thing these days are designed with the approval of lawyers.

What happened with this one??


17 posted on 01/04/2018 11:42:36 AM PST by Vaquero (Don't pick a fight with an old guy. If he is too old to fight, he'll just dkill you.)
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The lawyers couldn’t resist eating the TidePods?


18 posted on 01/04/2018 11:43:47 AM PST by nickcarraway
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I thought it was going to be a thread against sargassum.


19 posted on 01/04/2018 11:47:41 AM PST by Sirius Lee (In God We Trust, In Trump We MAGA)
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To: Tax-chick

I buy the cheapest for the job. Fine if someone wants to spend 3 times as much for Tide but I reserve the option of snickering at them.


20 posted on 01/04/2018 11:53:26 AM PST by bgill (CDC site, "We don't know how people are infected with Ebola.")
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