Mandatory TikToks 2021: The Weirdest Trends of the Year

2021 was the year of TikTok. If your eyes weren’t glued to the video-sharing social media platform, you’ve been doing something wrong. Everyone who is anyone is addicted to these short glimpses into the ingenuity, hilarity, and stupidity of the human race.

There were so many viral videos on TikTok over the past 12 months, it’s hard to keep track of them all. But we reviewed the most outrageous, buzz-worthy trends from 2021 and gathered them all for a jaw-dropping year-in-review. From questionable grooming routines to eating challenges to dangerous stunts, people went all out in an attempt to nab short-lived internet fame.

Watch these videos, but please, don’t try these things at home.

Cover Photo: TikTok

Rose Quartz Foreskin Challenge

Love isn’t supposed to hurt, but it sure as hell does if you put rose quartz in your foreskin to attract it…

@emanuelfmpaixaoI’ll keep u updated #fyp #lgbt

♬ original sound – ashley

Using Erection Cream as Lip Plumper

So, someone bought you erection cream, which you clearly don’t need, right? Don’t throw it out; just slather it on your lips and pucker up.

@jerrybmaldonadoIf you know what movie I’m talking about please tell me because I want to watch it again #beauty #lips

♬ original sound – Jerry Mal

Face Wax Challenge

Get rid of all those pesky facial hairs – especially those in your nose – with this super painful primping challenge.

@kapsalonfreedomboxmeer#Voorjou #fooryou #viral #viral #viral #viralvideos #voorjoupagina @boef

♬ origineel geluid – Kapsalonfreedom

Corn Cob Challenge

If you have a few teeth to spare, try this challenge, which involves eating corn on the cob from a spinning drill bit.

@jasonderuloDon’t try this

♬ original sound – Jason Derulo

Frozen Honey Challenge

Fill a water bottle with honey, freeze it, then eat it. Just plan to spend the rest of the day in the bathroom because it’s going to all come out, one end or the other.

@averycyrusBrb gotta go get my stomach pumped

♬ original sound – Avery

Cereal Challenge

Turn your BFF into a human cereal bowl! What could go wrong?

@joshgancas@xvibeats #pov you have no bowls at your house so you use your friend as one! That laugh at the end #tiktok

♬ No Idea – Don Toliver

Seltzer Challenge

Chug a seltzer, see what happens…

The “Dipping” Challenge

Dudes everywhere dipped their junk in soy sauce based on the (research-backed) premise that testicles have taste buds.

@alxjamesoh.. my god…..

♬ original sound – Alx James

Pee Your Pants Challenge

Take leak on camera, no urinal required.


♬ original sound – Liam

Milk Crate Challenge

This one is so dangerous, there aren’t even any searchable videos of it left on TikTok anymore.