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Falcon staff takes on chubby challenge

It was the middle of school one day when our Lifestyle section editors came and started chatting with us. Nothing unusual — just a regular conversation among friends. At the end of the conversation, though, we’d been convinced to take part in the Chubby Bunny challenge.

We know what some of you may be thinking: What even is the Chubby Bunny challenge? We’re glad you asked, because for about a week leading up to it neither of us could even say the tongue-twister name correctly.

The Chubby Bunny Challenge involves two or more people who, for no reason whatsoever, shove marshmallows into their mouth one after another until the phrase “chubby bunny” is no longer pronounceable.

Seemingly simple, it turns out that just a couple of marshmallows completely fills the average person’s mouth, making the average number (according to The Falcon’s extensive research) of marshmallows that fit into a person’s  mouth three.

It’s not too difficult to put marshmallows in your mouth, however; that is the easy part. The real hardship comes when you have to enunciate “chubby bunny” with marshmallows blocking your tongue, an essential element of the speaking process.

This is where our first piece of advice comes in: ALWAYS stuff your marshmallows all the way back up in the roof of your mouth. This leaves room for your tongue to move and gives you the ability to talk, while maximizing the number of marshmallows you can fit in your mouth.

The second tip is to take your time. While this may technically be cheating, waiting for your mouth to fill with saliva and “melt” the marshmallows makes the challenge (albeit more disgusting) easier. As your opponent slowly struggles to fit another marshmallow in his mouth, use the time to plot your next turn and reduce the volume of your marshmallows.

After we both had about three marshmallows in our mouths, it became harder and harder to speak, and Anant came dangerously close to choking. Rotem, on the other hand, was happily stuffing his face with marshmallows, saying “chubby bunny” with no real trouble. We did the challenge three times, Anant sitting back in his seat in disappointment as he lost round after round. It’s fair to say that this challenge isn’t exactly for everyone.

The experience still leaves us with a couple of questions: Why do people do this challenge at all? From what we can tell, it’s more of a hazard than something to do for fun. We highly advise all potential Chubby Bunny undertakers to rethink their decisions, because there are definitely better things to do with your free time.

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