Sunset on a Summer Online

A review of the most viral highlights of the 2019 break


photo by Hannah Shiflett

Now that summer has officially come to an end, it is safe to say that the 2019 break was a fun one -- especially online.

Hannah Shiflett, Staff Writer

From the phenomenon of the VSCO girl to someone posting on Facebook about storming Area 51, some rather interesting events took place on the internet over the now-departed summer.

Kicking off the summer of 2019 was the start of the Bottle Cap Challenge, originally conceived by martial artist Farabi Davletchin. It wasn’t until celebrities like Jason Statham and Ryan Reynolds took part that the challenge was popularized. The challenge was originally meant to show a person’s athletic skill by doing a roundhouse kick to remove the cap from the bottle, though there were some whose athletic skills didn’t come through which resulted in some hilarious fails.  Then again, one viral video contained a white Pomeranian turning around and then popping the cap off of the water bottle.

When June 27th rolled around, Matty Roberts posted an event on Facebook called “Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us.” What had started as a joke on his Facebook page quickly became an internet sensation to the point where, at present, 2 million people have signed up for the event, and 1.5  million have marked the event as “interested.”  Since the event blew up on the internet, many have responded by making memes, and companies have even created products that revolve around Area 51 and the presence of aliens. The set plan for the raid of Area 51 is having people run like Naruto with their arms stretched back while leaning forward. The planned date for the raid of Area 51 is September 20, 2019.

What had originally started as a joke has now become an addiction for many teens and young adults. Tik-Tok has taken over many people’s lives over the last couple of months. Tik-Tok, originally known as, is a video app that is very similar to Vine, except there are all different types of music and filters that are available on the app.  Many teens have downloaded the app since then to find videos that have somewhat of the same comedic value that was once found on Vine before it was shut down.

Tik-Tok has even inspired some newer creations of teen stereotypes, such as “E-boys” and “E-girls,” including the now infamous stereotype “VSCO girls,” females who typically wear oversized shirts, short shorts, and Birkenstocks or Crocs. They also tend to wear a shell necklace and scrunchies. To be a VSCO girl also includes owning a Hydroflask and using the words “And I OOP” and “SKSKSKS” as a form of laughing.  The VSCO girl has even gone far enough to include the usage of a reusable straw so they can “save the turtles.”

Now that summer has officially come to an end, it is safe to say that the 2019 break was a fun one.