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‘Bird Box’ Inspired Teens Crash Car Into Truck While Blindfolded

In the hit Netflix movie Bird Box, characters must wear blindfolds at all times while outside (even while driving) to avoid seeing the monstrous creatures whose appearance causes humans to go insane. What should go without saying is that we do not live in the Bird Box universe, so no one should attempt to drive with a blindfold on.

Sadly, many human beings, curious to see whether they can navigate their lives without sight (as the characters in Bird Box did) have been attempting the “Bird Box Challenge.” The rules of the challenge are simple: do something you’d normally do, but you must now be blindfolded.

For tasks like making the bed or putting on shoes, the results are fun and harmless. For situations like driving a car, people’s curiosity can result in real danger.

Despite Netflix’s warnings “not to replicate the movie,” a 17-year-old driver in Layton, Utah, crashed her car into another while driving blindfolded. A 16-year-old was in the car with her, but, thanks to some extraordinary luck, no one was injured.

While many of the challenge videos are harmless, Netflix has had to warn many to be conscious of the risks. In some videos, a “woman nearly burned herself on a heater, a boy repeatedly crashed into furniture with his tricycle, and a blindfolded toddler slammed into a wall.”

Twitter is collectively facepalming over people’s willingness to put themselves at risk:

It shouldn’t take an advanced degree to realize driving with a blindfold on is a BAD idea.

In the meantime, however, there have been a few examples of the challenge going off without a hitch!

The Bird Box Challenge was also attempted several times in popular culture long before the movie ever came out…

If you haven’t seen it yet, check out Bird Box on Netflix! Maybe don’t worry too much about trying the Bird Box Challenge, and definitely don’t bother if you’re on the road.


Written by Collin Gossel

Collin Gossel is a writer and comedian living in Brooklyn, New York, but there are nights when he looks up at the stars and wistfully thinks to himself “there’s got to be more out there…” You can catch Collin improvising new musicals every Tuesday night at the Magnet Theater’s Musical Megawatt, or follow his unfiltered thoughts on Twitter and Instagram @CollinGossel.--