The internet is aflame with the Cheerio Challenge, a game where dads have been stacking Cheerios on their sleeping babies’ heads. There’s a zero percent change you haven’t seen this, because the story’s been covered by The Huffington Post, The TODAY Show, Buzzfeed, Mashable, and it’s appeared on Facebook‘s trending stories.
The game was started by Patrick Quinn, a friend of mine and part of the Life of Dad team. He and his wife just welcomed their third child Maxton to the family, so the Quinns are back on diapers and middle-of-the-night feedings. While sitting on the couch one night, Patrick began stacking Cheerios from a nearby bowl on his son’s head. He posted a photo of it to Life of Dad’s Facebook page Thursday, challenging others to beat his record of five. And because the internet is the internet, Patrick’s score was immediately beaten. Since Thursday, the post has been shared over 20,000 times and as mentioned, every entertainment and news outlet has picked up the story.
But guys, I’ve got the ultimate hack for the Cheerio Challenge: start with Honey Nut Cheerios, and lick each one before placing it on the stack. The wet honey will act as glue to hold the Cheerios together. Boom. Game winner.
Also, and this is just a pro tip: use tweezers to set the Cheerios in place. If you’re like me, you’ve got breakfast sausages for fingers. I can’t stack anything tiny on a baby without crushing the Cheerios, mashing the baby and setting the house on fire.
Speaking of imminent danger, the internet is the internet (I mentioned this already!), so some commenters have suggested that stacking Cheerios on a baby’s head or face is dangerous. WHAT IF THE BABY YAWNS AND THE CHEERIOS LAND IN THEIR MOUTH AND THEY CHOKE?!
“I don’t know how something so lighthearted and safe could be turned into something negative,” Patrick told me. “But, I also don’t understand how Windshield Shades need a disclaimer telling you to remove before driving. I’m assuming there’s a connection between those groups of people.”
As for the ultimate hack, Patrick told me the secret. “The hack for championship stacking is to not be your own worst enemy. The higher it gets, the more you will want to laugh. You need to stifle all feelings and go into this challenge as an emotionless android, bent on accomplishing your one task. So channel you inner Bishop, and get stacking.”
Seriously though, lick the Cheerios.