The mannequin challenge may be “funny” or “cute” or a “brief respite from despairing about humanity’s insistence on exterminating itself,” but one thing that it is not is impressive. There is nothing extraordinary about watching a bunch of people stand around, seemingly frozen in time if only because this is something the vast majority humans can do with ease. Which is to say that “challenge” is a misnomer.
The same cannot be said for dogs, unless they are as special as the one in the video below, who is a master at staying and the owner of a mean poker face. Given our culture’s rapidly eroding standards, it’s not a stretch at all to call this pup a genius.
The Dorito placed in his mouth that goes uneaten really kills me. That is a challenge that most humans would fail. This is the kind of leader our country could really use right about now.