The Tide Pod challenge was ridiculous. The bottle cap challenge is somewhat entertaining. The ice bucket challenge supposedly raised money or awareness for a good cause (not sure how?)... now there is a new "challenge" floating around the inter-webs called the Number Neighbor Challenge.

At first I thought it was kind of dumb, but the more I looked into it, the more I think it's kind of interesting. Here is how it works: You take your phone number, and then reach out via text message to the two people that are one number up or one number down from the last digit of your cell phone number. For example, the last digit of my phone number is 3.  If I choose to do the Number Neighbor Challenge, I send a text message to the two people that are one number off from mine.  If their number matches my number, but ends in 2 or 4 instead of 3, I would send those people a text.

What do you say on that first, awkward text message? Well, that's kind of up to you and how brave/crazy/lame you are. I guess you might start with some sort of intro like, "what's up, neighbor"? And they'll be like, "who the hell is this?"  And then you'll tell them that you are Number Neighbors. If they haven't heard of the "challenge" you'll have to explain to them what it's all about. Maybe you'll become best friends! Or, (most likely) they'll think you are a super weirdo and ask you to never text them again.

According to Twitter, one person who tried the Number Neighbor challenge allegedly got Barack Obama's cell phone number. Was it real? I have my doubts. I suppose it's possible, but it seems super unlikely.  Either way, at least the Number Neighbor challenge seems relatively harmless and maybe you'll end up making a new acquaintance? Or, maybe it's just dumb and we should all just get back to work.

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