It started with Jackass. A group of young foolhardy Americans subjecting themselves to all manner of painful or risky behaviour for the benefit of entertainment. The Dirty Sanchez team swiftly jumped on the bandwagon. Since then, there have been numerous copycat shows and spin offs.
Such antics are now commonplace on rugby tours and stag nights. Challenges are even laid down internationally via social media sites.
Goldfish are consumed, fireworks inserted, buildings are jumped from and collisions arranged. Despite warnings issued from the Jackass team on both their television programs and movies.
Obviously these warnings go unheeded. This only adds to the appeal for the youth of today. However, here's a little tip for you that I found out the hard way. Before you start nailing extremities to the furniture, just make sure you haven't left your pliers in your toolbox in the shed!