The complete, true story of Charlie Charlie, the ‘demonic’ teen game overtaking …

26 May 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Charlie Charlie Challenge’ sparks Twitter trend, has teens trying to summon demon.

If you are one of those crotchety people who believe the kids these days are somehow less inspired than generations before, then I come bearing new evidence: Even their superstitions are lamer than ours! “Charlie Charlie,” a game/Internet urban legend of sudden and inexplicable popularity, surged to the top of the global social media charts this weekend after kicking around on the Spanish-language Internet for much of eternity. Youngsters across the world have uploaded numerous clips of the apparently simple Ouija board-inspired ritual to Twitter and Instagram in recent days, reports Fox5. The children can ask it any question they want — as long as it can be answered with a “yes” or “no.” They must also chant, “Charlie, Charlie, can we stop?” before ending the game.

Step 5: Say “Charlie, Charlie, are you there?” and ask a question. (i.e., “is one of my friends going to die soon,” “will I go to prom next May.” ) While it’s hard to pin down an exact country of origin, Charlie Charlie (also spelled Charly Charly) has a long history as a schoolyard game in the Spanish-speaking world. It’s claimed that the game is an old Mexican tradition, but there’s no trace of that on the internet, but it seems to have been around for years before it took off this week. Other spectre-seekers have taken a more light-hearted approach, using the ritual to ask which member of One Direction will be her husband or when the new Justin Bieber album will drop. The disturbed Maryland mother found pushing her dead 3-year-old son in a park swing last week had no business caring for the toddler, the boy’s heartbroken father said. Traditionally, this version with the crossed pencils was called the “Juego de la Lapicera” — a term that still turns up lots of creepy stuff on Google — and “Charlie Charlie” was a distinct game, played with colored pencils.

The devastated dad had filed for sole custody of Ji-Aire, whom he described as his happy “little man,” days before the boy’s mother Romechia Simms was discovered pushing his lifeless body in a swing for several hours on Friday. With those boards, players have to keep hold of a glass while it moves around the table — so it’s not difficult to imagine that people might be pushing it around without knowing it. You can do that by waiting until one of their messages appear in the news feed, clicking the little arrow in the top right and choosing to unfollow the person. Per various corners of the Spanish-speaking Internet: a child who committed suicide, the victim of a fatal car accident, or a pagan Mexican deity who now convenes with the Christian devil.

But they are still likely being pushed — the pencils have to be so finely balanced on top of each other that even the slightest movement from a breath or slightly tilted surface will push it around. That’s why the game works reliably, to make the demon at least say no — unlike the Ouija board, it doesn’t require people to work, and so the pencils will always move if they’re aligned correctly. The best thing is to download an extension like Social Fixer — available for the main browsers — which gives you the option to mute whatever you like from your Facebook news feed, among other things. I mean, you should definitely care if you’re seeking supernatural answers to your life questions. (Excepting questions about love, death and money, which — per certain versions of the legend — Charlie will not answer.) Even if that doesn’t exactly describe you, though, Charlie makes a killer case study in virality and how things move in and out of languages and cultures online. You’ll notice, for instance, a lot of players and reporters talking about the game as if it were new, when it’s actually — and more interestingly, I think — an old game that has just recently crossed the language divide.

You’ll still any other updates, even from the friends that post about the challenge — you’ll just get to banish the Charlie demon from your news feed. Just head to the settings page and choose “Mute” — on that menu, add “Charlie Charlie Challenge”, or just “Charlie”, and you’ll never see a post with those words again. You’ll have to download a browser extension like Open Tweet Filter, which adds a mute function to Twitter that works in the same way as the Tweetdeck one.

In both of those situations, people are genuinely more in danger — so the brain think itself into a special fight or flight state that makes it extra-vigilant to noises, so that those dangers can be avoided. While some third-party phone apps do have options to use blocklists (like Tweetbot’s for mobile), the official Twitter one has no such option, meaning that it’s impossible to mute specific words.

These suffer from the same problem as Facebook — since most people visit them on their mobiles, using apps, it’s very difficult to block specific things.

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