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A French YouTuber claims he has knackered his neighbourhood's drainage system after filling his bath with Orbeez.
Before we go on, a crucial explanation - Orbeez are 'the wackiest little seeds that magically grow over 150 times their size when hydrated in water', according to the manufacturer's website.
As such, you can imagine that filling a bathtub with them probably isn't the best idea. But this is exactly what Cyril Schreiner did.
Predictably, this caused his tub to overflow with the wacky little seeds, and he shared the mayhem with his followers in a video entitled J'AI INONDE MA MAISON AVEC DES PERLES D'EAU AIDEZ MOI - which translates as 'I have flooded my house with water pearls, help me'. Makes sense.
At this point, bagging up the balls would probably be the most logical course of action, but of course this endeavour was about entertainment rather than logic, so he proceeded to pull the plug on the bath tub. Unsurprisingly, this did not get rid of the bathroom ball pit. Instead they started to spill out of his toilet - and his sink too.
Cyril's next course of action was to try and vacuum up the balls, but this just knackered his vacuum too, which started to emit smoke as he sucked up the Orbeez.
Seemingly hell-bent on finding an innovative solution to this self-imposed problem, he then tried pouring salt on them, but this caused a brown substance to splutter back out of the plughole. Best not question that really.
As if all of this fire and brown sludge wasn't enough, Cyril claimed the prank ended up messing up the whole neighbourhood's drainage system, adding that he'd received a letter from the town hall saying the police were searching for the perpetrator.
Now, to say this stunt went horribly wrong seems naive, as the videos have been viewed millions of times - which is the name of the game for a man with 2.7 million followers on TikTok, 1.3 million followers on Instagram and 498,000 subscribers on YouTube.
Indeed, French journalist Vincent Manilève did a bit of digging and said Cyril's mayor described the prank as a 'hoax'.
He said: "I looked where this influencer lived to see if, as he has been saying for several days, the pipes in his street are well blocked by these famous balls. I [asked] the mayor, he knows about it and says it is a 'hoax'.
"He explained to me that the pipeline network is 'private', and therefore that, if his pipes are blocked, it cannot affect the neighbours. The mayor also says that the letter is false, that he went to warn the [police] and that he invited Cyril to discuss it.
"This is on the side of the mayor in any case, it is a snippet of information, but that would partly explain all the storytelling that the influencer sets up on Instagram etc."
We can't be sure how much of the stunt was real or how much was planned. Either way, I think we can safely say we shouldn't fill our baths with Orbeez - unless we plan on achieving some viral fame, that is.
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