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Rich people are really into it for some reason.
Many patrons of the internet are left scratching their heads in bewilderment at the falling stars challenge, in which people pretend to fall on their faces—for fun?
The #Fallingstarschallenge reportedly started in Russia, according to Rojak Daily. It quickly became popular, specifically with super-rich Russian folks. Why are rich people pretending to fall down on Instagram? To show off their money, of course.
What is the Falling Stars Challenge?
The idea behind the heavily posed falling star challenge photos is to make them as ridiculous as possible. A top tier falling stars challenge post isn’t just a person with their face on the pavement, one leg still just barely in the car. It also includes all of the objects the person was supposedly carrying when they fell “scattered” very unconvincingly around them.
This makes it prime territory for the rich who want to be famous. An average person might have a commuter car and their baby supplies bag at their disposal. A millionaire can “fall” out of a sports car, a yacht, or even from a private jet onto the tarmac. Often the mode of transport is enough of a status symbol, but some will pose with expensive products spread around them, or get straight to the point and just fan out some cash to “fall” onto.
To be fair, average folks are doing the falling stars challenge too. But their versions are less eye-roll inducing and more fun. Although equally obviously posed, there’s just something extremely wholesome about a child pretending to fall out of a toy car and “spilling” their toys everywhere.
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We all know from America’s Funniest Home Videos and YouTube compilations that people falling is very funny, especially when they don’t actually get hurt. Fake falling seems to be less so, especially when the person is gently laying their face on a pile of money.
H/T Rojak Daily
Alex Dalbey is a writer and zinester currently living in Saint Paul, Minnesota. They have written for The Daily Dot, Kill Screen, The Lingerie Addict, and Bullet Points.