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Is that a French horn in your pocket?

Twitter’s been wildin’ out lately, especially when it comes to new challenges. There’s been a nudes-filled #WhipItOutChallenge and even a revenge-fueled #CreditCardNumberChallenge. And they’re exactly what you think they are: whipping out genitals and MasterCard info like there’s no tomorrow.

The #WhipItOutChallenge never quite caught on, but shockingly the #CreditCardNumberChallenge did. That is, until Twitter perks up and realizes federal crimes are being committed on its social media site.

Needless to say, it’s gotten trolled a tad.

https://twitter.com/xo_kimberly/status/803615763928121344

But nothing compares to the work of art being done to the #GreySweatpantsChallenge.

The actual challenge is seductively showing what you’re packing in the least sexy garment of all: oversized grey sweatpants. Luckily Twitter is doing what social media intended and turning thirsty followers into the human embodiment of the joy emoji.

https://twitter.com/CorbinBlackard/status/804378438018732032

https://twitter.com/arisiguzo/status/803056496321904640

As Avenue Q says, the internet is for porn. It’s not like there was a real dearth of smut out there. But there was a legitimate need for random objects stuffed into shapeless gym clothes. And these heroes have taken it upon themselves to change that. Bless.

April Siese

April Siese

A former Weekend Editor at the Daily Dot, April Siese's reporting covers everything from technology and politics to web culture and humor. Her work has been published by Bustle, Uproxx, Death and Taxes, Rolling Stone, the Daily Beast, Thrillist, Atlas Obscura, and others. Siese joined Quartz in December 2016.