Tap the surface of a non-existent box, place your right foot on top of it and then hop over to the other side. Sounds simple, right? No.
Forget about lying flat on the ground, pouring ice-cold water on yourself, freezing up like a dummy or flipping empty bottles to appease your social media followers, because stepping onto and jumping over a non-existent box is all the rage now.
The new trend, aptly termed the “Invisible Box Challenge,” has been around for a while, but has only recently turned into a full-fledged internet obsession.
For those unaware, it constitutes pretending to tap the surface of a phantom box before placing your foot on top of it and then using your other foot to step on and over it.
Sounds easy, right?
Well, it is anything but. In fact, it is a lot harder than most people might think.
Earlier this year, Dontez Hines, a basketball player at Anderson University in Indiana, posted a clip of himself performing the now-viral stunt.
However, it was the video posted by Ariel Olivar, a cheerleader for Manval High School in southeastern Texas, which really got the proverbial ball rolling.
She also did a follow up:
“It’s hard to explain, I just keep the leg in the same exact spot,” she later told the Houston Chronicle. “The technique, if you want to make it look like [the video], is to bring the other leg higher than the other as if you are actually stepping over a box.”
Olivar’s incredible performance immediately went viral, inspiring scores of social media users to attempt the challenge.
Some were actually successful (to an extent) at hopping over an imaginary box:
Some failed miserably at it:
Meanwhile, some were just too cute:
This is the perfect explanation:
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