Six Flags's 30-Hour Couples Coffin Challenge Is the Ultimate Relationship Test

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Last year, Six Flags celebrated Fright Fest by daring guests to spend 30 hours trapped in a coffin alone. The theme park is tweaking the challenge slightly this Halloween season in a way that will make it either more or less terrifying, depending on how you feel about sharing personal space.

From 4 p.m. on Friday, September 27 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, six couples will get cozy in six coffins at Six Flags America in Woodmore, Maryland. The couples can consist of any two people who are willing to split a cramped casket, whether they're friends, family members, romantic partners, or total strangers. They should also fit (relatively) comfortably together into the 6-foot-by-5.4-foot space [PDF].

Couples can bring pillows, sleeping bags, and anything else they need to make their tomb feel more inviting, just as long it fits inside the coffin when the lid is closed. After settling into their temporary resting places late Friday afternoon, contestants will have a few more chances to see daylight before the challenge ends. They'll be allowed to leave for designated bathroom breaks and sit up in the coffin to take meal and phone breaks. Each contestant also gets a “Get Out of the Coffin Free Card" they can use to rise from the grave for six minutes at any point in the challenge.

To keep things interesting, and to ensure one couple is left laying when the 30 hours are up, contestants will face mini-challenges throughout their trial. Some possible tasks might include fishing a mysterious item out of a bucket, laying in a coffin covered in worms, or retrieving a prop from a haunted house. Both halves of the couples must complete the challenges together; the only exception being if a contestant wants to use the one “Skip the Challenge Card” they receive at the start of the contest.

The couple that survives to the end of the competition will be rewarded for their bravery. The grand prize consists of $600 split two ways, two 2020 gold season passes, and a Fright Fest prize package. If you and a loved one are up for the challenge, you can fill out the online application form with your personal information and a short essay explaining why you want to take the 30-hour coffin challenge. Applications are due by midnight on September 20.

Spending 30 hours in a coffin isn't for the faint of heart, but people have endured worse. Several people have survived being buried alive for days—though, granted, they didn't have to share the experience with anyone else.

Missing the Days of Clippy? There’s an App That Will Bring Him Back

The Science Elf, YouTube
The Science Elf, YouTube

Some Microsoft Office users might still brace for the appearance of a certain nosy, wide-eyed paper clip whenever they type Dear at the top of a fresh Word document. After all, Clippy was the anthropomorphic pet we never asked for, yet tolerated through several formative years of computer technology.

Though Clippy—short for Clippit—may have been on the receiving end of an industry-wide eye roll in the late 1990s, it’s hard to ignore how much he seems like an early, distant ancestor to applications like Alexa and Siri, upon whom society has developed a pretty significant reliance. Whether you think about the injustice against Clippy every day or you’re just a normal person who likes any excuse to indulge in ‘90s nostalgia, we have news for you: You can rescue him from the void and host him on your very own Mac desktop.

According to Lifehacker, the app was created by a developer named Devran “Cosmo” Uenal, who debuted the program on Github earlier this month. This rather chilled-out Clippy won’t burst into your Word document and offer unsolicited advice on how to write letters, but he’ll still entertain you with animated performances if you right-click on him and choose “Animate!”

As you can see in Uenal’s Twitter video, he might don a pair of oversized headphones and mime a music jam sessions, or he might transform into a googly-eyed, heavy-eyebrowed checkmark.

To download the paperclip pal for yourself, scroll down to the “First start” section on the Github page and click “Download Clippy for macOS,” which should trigger an automatic download. Click on that installation file, and then follow the rest of the directions in the “First start” section to open Clippy on your desktop. From there, the fun is endless.

And, if you’re hungry for more history about the world’s most hated virtual assistant, you can read more about his tragic life here.

[h/t Lifehacker]

The World's Spiciest Chip Is Sold Only One to a Customer


If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get pepper-sprayed directly in your mouth, Paqui Chips has something you can’t afford to miss. Following the success of their Carolina Reaper Madness One Chip Challenges back in 2016 and 2017, Food & Wine reports that the company has re-released the sadistic snack. Continuing their part-marketing gimmick, part-public safety effort, the Reaper chip won’t be sold in bags. You just get one chip.

That’s because Paqui dusts its chips with the Carolina Reaper Pepper, considered the world’s hottest, and most (attempted) consumers of the chip report being unable to finish even one. To drive home the point of how hot this chip is—it’s really, extremely, punishingly hot—the chip is sold in a tiny coffin-shaped box

Peppers like the Carolina Reaper are loaded with capsaicin, a compound that triggers messages of heat and pain and fiery consumption; your body can respond by vomiting or having shortness of breath. While eating the chip is not the same as consuming the bare, whole pepper, it’s still going to be a very uncomfortable experience. For a profanity-filled example, you can check out this video:

The chip will be sold only on Paqui’s website for $6.99 per chip or $59.90 for a 10-pack. The company also encourages pepper aficionados to upload photos or video of their attempts to finish the chip. If it becomes too much, try eating yogurt, honey, or milk to dampen the effects.