The internet has been buzzing with a Ouija board-like game called "Charlie Charlie challenge", but its origins are not what they seem. More than 2
The internet has been buzzing with a Ouija board-like game called “Charlie Charlie challenge“, but its origins are not what they seem.
More than 2 million people on social media have used the hashtag #CharlieCharlieChallenge over the past 48 hours.
It’s a game which involves balancing pencils over the words “yes” and “no” on a piece of paper. Players ask questions which are supposedly answered by Charlie – a mysterious demon who spookily moves the pencils, if you believe in that sort of thing.
The trending hashtag #CharlieCharlieChallenge was also made popular by a number of big social media stars in the US,Europe and Africa.
But where did the game come from? Several reports and tweets claim the game’s origins are in Mexico. For example, one of the most retweeted videos about Charlie Charlie Challenge, shows a popular Mexican beer brand and the Spanish words for “yes” and “no“:
According to an explanation in one of the vides, the Charlie Charlie challenge is a demonic modern incarnation of the Spanish paper-and-pencil game called Juego de la Lapicera (Pencil Game). Like a Magic 8-Ball, the game is played by teenagers using held or balanced pencils to produce answers to questions they ask. Teenage girls have played Juego de la Lapicera for generations in Spain and Hispanic America, asking which boys in their class like them.
Originally described on the Internet in 2008, the game was popularized in the English-speaking world in 2015, partly through the hashtag #CharlieCharlieChallenge. On 29 April 2015, an alarmist tabloid television newscast about the game being played in Hato Mayor Province of the Dominican Republic was uploaded to YouTube, and the unintentional humor in the report led to the game trending on Twitter, crossing the language barrier to be played around the world.
Heres below are clips of the Charlie Charlie Challenge;