Orbeez Challenge

As an old man who will be80 this fall you can probably guess I’m not much for social media.  I am not on Face Book (excuse me – Meta), Instagram, Twitter, Reddit, Tumblr et al.  I can be seen nowhere but here.   I am not one of those oblivious folks, decidedly younger, walking swiftly straight ahead staring at a phone while bumping into me.

I have seen four young girlfriends sitting together, not talking to each other, staring at their phones.  Young men at a holiday family gathering sitting at the table, speaking to no one, pressing buttons for hours on end.

Considering the effect of these platforms on humanity, particularly on our politics, I have come to the conclusion that social media does more harm than good.  But hey! That’s just me being an old crank.

Now not being a fan of social media in general it is safe to assume I have never seen Tik Tok. Recently here in Florida Tik Tok has made the local news as young vacuous air heads have been arrested for participating in the Orbeez Challenge.

What are Orbeez you ask?  Tsk tsk.  You really need to “get with it” as we used to say.

In a nutshell, Orbeez are actually super-absorbent polymers that grow to more than 100 times their volume when placed in water. And just what the hell are polymers, you ask? And what are Orbeez made of? Excellent questions! The Orbeez website (which is about as scientific as I feel like getting about this), says that polymers are several molecules joined together and they grow when the water is absorbed in the spaces between the molecules. Apparently, polymers were invented way back in ancient times – the ’60s to irrigate crops during droughts.

In many households these tiny colorful spheres have usurped Disney characters and baby shark as the latest kid craze.    For now, you can see, even from the packaging, that they look like tiny little marbles, but they feel like eyeballs (feel free to tell that to your kids to gross them out).

So what’s the big deal?

Well so happens that toy makers, when they see good thing are now manufacturing electric gum ball blaster guns which fire the little Orbeez like an automatic weapon.  See Amazon.


MSSSM Gel Ball Blaster, Electric Gel Ball Guns With 10000 Water Beads For Outdoor Activities- Shooting Team Game For Boys And Girls Ages 12+(Orange)Above is an electric gel ball blaster gun available for $86 on Amazon.  It fires Orbeez like an automatic weapon, and comes in camo or black.  Kind of realistic looking at a distance don’t you think?

Now take the Orbeez and the gun to a moron on Tik Tok.  The challenge?  Shoot up strangers with the beads and put the video on Tik Tok as #orbeez for all the other morons to giggle over.  I guess the object is to get a couple of million other morons to view your video.  Get enough views and you might be considered an “influencer” I guess.

And so here in the Florida sunshine during Spring Break air heads came with their gel guns ad bean randomly shooting up crowds at the beach or from moving cars, spraying complete strangers who didn’t know what was happening.

So funny!  Look at them run and hide!  Like they were scared shitless!  Quick!  Upload it!

Well I guess the kiddies never met a Florida Sheriff. Seems the locals got tired of it and a couple of police cars pulled over a group of shooters and came out of their cars with guns drawn.  And the vacuous get arrested.

“They didn’t have to draw their guns!”  Boohoo. The cops didn’t know if the shooters were real or not.  “They were only toys!   Tell it to the Judge.

What surprised me most was the age of these young men.

Nineteen and twenty.

Grow up.

See the local newscast below   and listen to the young “man” whine.  He has absolutely no conception of right and wrong.  Do we have an equivalent male name for a Karen?


About toritto

I was born during year four of the reign of Emperor Tiberius Claudius on the outskirts of the empire in Brooklyn. I married my high school sweetheart, the girl I took to the prom and we were together for forty years until her passing in 2004. We had four kids together and buried two together. I had a successful career in Corporate America (never got rich but made a living) and traveled the world. I am currently retired in the Tampa Bay metro area and live alone. One of my daughters is close by and one within a morning’s drive. They call their pops everyday. I try to write poetry (not very well), and about family. Occasionally I will try a historical piece relating to politics. :-)
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6 Responses to Orbeez Challenge

  1. Oh my gosh! What a whiner! Too bad for him. LOL

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  2. Wow. Which planet does this guy live on?

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  3. Before cell phones, people were looking at magazines, comic books, newspapers, or paperbacks & not talking to one another. Don’t you remember?

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    • toritto says:

      Eh…no. Certainly we were taught early on not to talk to strangers. But I can’t recall folks walking through a crowded airport terminal or crowded street down intently at a magazine. There was certainly no reading at our dinner table or holiday get togethers. And comics didn’t bully you or drive youngsters to suicide or encourage 20 year olds to shoot pellets at strangers in the streets. Remember Christmas? You’re gonna put your eye out! Best from Florida


  4. beetleypete says:

    When I was his age, I was working 68 hours a week earming a living. If I had done something as stupid as firing toy gun pellets at strangers, my parents would have handed me over to the police themselves. If 19 if the new 7, and 35 is the new 16, I am glad I am old.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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