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Social network dares end in tragedy

Published on Aug 2, 2014 6:28 AM
 
Online challenges daring people to set themselves ablaze or douse themselves in ice water are racking up casualties and fueling wonder regarding idiocy in the Internet age. -- PHOTO: DAN MARRIES/TWITTER 

SAN FRANCISCO (AFP) - Online challenges daring people to set themselves ablaze or douse themselves in ice water are racking up casualties and fueling wonder regarding idiocy in the Internet age.

US media reported that a teenager was recovering on Friday from second-degree burns caused by pouring rubbing alcohol on himself and igniting it in a take on a dangerous "fire challenge" shown in videos posted at YouTube and Facebook.

A glance online at Twitter posts with hashtag #firechallenge showed a video clip of a young man apparently setting fire to himself in a bathtub, only to fall out in a desperate scramble to douse the flames and remove his burning shorts.

"Are humans getting more stupid or is this just my perception?" a Twitter user asked rhetorically in a post with the same hashtag.

 
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