TikTok's Viral Chair Challenge That Only Women Can Complete Has Us All Baffled
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There's a new viral challenge doing the rounds, and it truly will blow your tiny little mind - because it makes ABSOLUTELY NO SENSE WHATSOEVER. Take a look:
You see, it seems that only women are able to complete this strange chair challenge, which surfaced on TikTok but has since been replicated on other social media channels.
The challenge requires you to walk up to a wall and take two steps back - with each step being the length of your foot - before bending over at a 90-degree angle and placing your head against the wall.
You then place a chair underneath yourself and attempt to stand up while holding the piece of furniture.
It sounds simple, but it turns out not everyone can do it - as Krystyna Sorrentino, 32, and her fiancé Devin, 29 soon learned when they decided to take a stab at it.
In the footage of their attempt, you can see Krystyna, 32, bending down to retrieve the chair and then standing up fully, on her first attempt.
However, Devin, 29, doesn't find the challenge as straightforward. After completing the setup, he struggles to keep his balance and becomes stuck when trying to stand erect.
Krystyna said: "We saw this challenge on TikTok randomly when we were just hanging out late one night trying to figure out how to use the app so we decided to try it.
"We woke up the next morning with one million views!
"When you follow the instructions and just do it without thinking too hard about it, he couldn't do it.
"However when he sat and concentrated about it, he could do it."
Many experts have waded in to try and explain why men appear to be struggling so much with the challenge.
Some people claim it's all down to our centre of gravity, with US scientist Jeremy Johnson writing in a blog post: "Interestingly enough, many girls can successfully complete this challenge, while most boys cannot.
"Why? Again, it's all about the centre of mass.
"The centre of mass for most girls is lower to the hips, while the centre of mass in boys is much higher.
"Therefore, for most girls, the centre of mass while bent over the chair is above their feet, while the centre of mass for most boys is above the chair."
Tried the tik tok chair challenge cause i thought it was fake...... #TikTok #ChairChallenge pic.twitter.com/5Nf5NYsMAt
- Izzy Sam (@SamTwizzy5) November 20, 2019
Meanwhile, Professor Brian Ford at Cambridge University, believes the size of men's feet might have something to do with it.
He told The Sun: "It is true that women have a lower centre of gravity than men, by several centimetres, but that has no bearing on this crafty little trick.
"Men have longer feet than women. Two paces back for a man would be some 60cm, for a woman it's more like 50cm.
"So to begin with, the man is forced further away from the wall.
"The man's larger feet mean he is farther away from the wall than the woman, and is thus leaning forward.
"The woman's legs are closer to the wall, and are thus leaning back."
I'm so confused.