March 18, 2014

Saltine Challenge: Can you eat 6 saltines in a minute?

Desperate times call for desperate measures.  We've had an overabundance of snow days this winter and the kids are actually getting tired of all the days off school.  When they don't want to play outside anymore and cabin fever is setting in, I've had to reach deep into my bag of tricks to keep us all sane and entertained.

Here was a little trick that brought lots of laughs (along with a few crumbs)...



This trick was from way back in my college days.  My friends and I learned about it somehow, then challenged people every chance we got.  In all the times we presented the challenge, we never had anyone who was able to do it (and we won tons of free meals and free drinks in the process!).

You most likely have the supplies on hand, a box of saltine crackers (salted, not unsalted), a timer, and some willing participants.


The challenge is simple... all you have to do is eat (and swallow) the six saltines before the minute timer goes off without getting a drink of water.  You can eat them one at a time, two at a time, or even all six at once.  It sounds easy and you might be feeling pretty confident after the first one or two.  However, you'll soon find that the salt produces extra saliva but then the dry crackers quickly absorb any and all moisture in your mouth.  By the time you get to the last cracker or two, you'll be laughing and crumbs will be flying everywhere.

Check out the fun the girls had with their friend...


We did have to run the vacuum to sweep up some crumbs, but it was a fun little break and brought lots of laughter and giggles.

47 comments:

  1. I love this! It is going on my emergency boredom buster list.

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  2. Oh my. I just tried this (Its 4 in the morning and I haven't been asleep yet) and I managed to get down 2 1/2 crackers before the minute was up. I thought for sure I'd be able to do it. Thanks for the challenge. I need a drink NOW!

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  4. This is very interesting! At first I thought that the challenge is so easy but as I read along, I realized that it isn't that simple after all! Never mind the crumbs that will get scattered...I want to see how kids will win this challenge! :)

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  6. Great way to have your kids choke. As a nurse, I wouldn't recommend these silly & potentially dangerous "challenges" to anyone. There are plenty of safer activities to do if you're really that bored.

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