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It is a truth universally acknowledged that a teen in possession of social media accounts must be in want of a “challenge.” Stunts like dumping ice on one’s head, inducing sudden unconsciousness, setting oneself on fire, and swallowing blowdarts have all had their moment—now, in the days following winter storm Juno, it’s diving into snow with only one’s underwear for protection.
The fad is localized in the Boston area, where enough of the white stuff accumulated to cushion kids hurling themselves from decks, stoops, windows, and cars. But the best part of these Vines and Instagrams is the brief delay between landing and cognizance of the cold.
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Just jumped from my third floor porch and got stuck for about 5 minutes in the snow 😩😩 #BigAssKidProblems #BlizzardOf2015 #ThingsIDoWhenImBored #Blizzard #Snow #HighJumping #ThirdFloor #2015BlizzardChallenge #SnowChallenge #bostonblizzardchallenge #blizzardchallenge #Juno #RhodeIsland #Boston #Massachusetts #Providence #Connecticut #NewYork
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A video posted by “Proud Of Me” video link below (@j_city) on
A video posted by Mass Connect Ent| New England (@massconnect) on
Here’s wishing just one cameraperson had shut and locked the door as their friend struggled to extract themselves from a snowbank, but there’s always the next blizzard.
Miles Klee is a novelist and web culture reporter. The former editor of the Daily Dot’s Unclick section, Klee’s essays, satire, and fiction have appeared in Lapham’s Quarterly, Vanity Fair, 3:AM, Salon, the Awl, the New York Observer, the Millions, and the Village Voice. He's the author of two odd books of fiction, 'Ivyland' and 'True False.'