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Top 13 Challenges Popular on YouTube

Updated on June 28, 2017
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Krzysztof is a 5+ year YouTube researcher that spends hours researching, analyzing, and uncovering YouTube trends, challenges, and media.


YouTube Challenge Videos

Challenges on YouTube have become the bread and butter of popular YouTubers, and there are plenty of reasons why. Most of the these challenges help up-and-coming vloggers because they...

  • Are easy to follow
  • Allow collaboration with other YouTubers
  • Attract a lot of attention

The last one is the largest selling point because that's what young audiences seem to be into now. Even those who would never do challenge videos do them because fans request them, so they give in and challenges get created.

But which challenges are the most popular, the most well-known, and the funnest to do? Keep reading and you'll find out.

The Most Popular YouTube Video Challenges

From #1 to #13
1. The Eat It or Wear It Challenge
2. Try Not to Laugh
3. The Whisper Challenge
4. Speed Drawing
5. Touch My Body
6. Chubby Bunny
7. Innuendo Bingo
8. The Cinnamon Challenge
9. Say Anything
10. Bean Boozled Challenge
11. The Disney Challenge
12. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
13. Charlie Charlie Pencil Game
For details on each challenge, read on....

13. Charlie Charlie Pencil Game

Pencils have never been more terrifying.
Pencils have never been more terrifying. | Source

Charlie, Charlie Are You There?

This game became a monster trend on the internet and the YouTube community, The fun comes from its simplicity and roots in urban legend, or maybe people think it's akin to an imitation Ouija board.

Objective: Call the ghost or spirit of a Mexican boy named Charlie in a séance-style setup with a piece of paper and two pens or pencils.

Setup: Take out a piece of notebook paper and draw two lines: one horizontal and one vertical across the paper. Write the words "Yes" and "No" in the four corners with yes in the upper left and bottom right and no in the upper right and bottom left. Place two pencils in the center of the paper in a cross shape with one balanced on top of the other.

Finale: Say "Charlie, Charlie are you there?" to summon the spirit. If the pencil moves towards yes, then you may proceed to ask him more questions. To end the game, you ask Charlie if you can stop playing, and he has to say yes. Otherwise, you must keep playing.

Verdict: There were claims that this game was real with some religious groups calling it dangerous because it popularized summoning demons and whatnot from other realms. The truth is that it's a fun and harmless little sleepover game. You really think it's that easy to summon a demon with a piece of paper and two pencils? Come on people, think logically!

12. ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

ALS Charity Event or Pointless Stunt?

This fad is ancient in online years, but in the summer of 2014 this challenge was everywhere and it's one of the only internet fads to spread beyond social media. It became sensationalized further when popular celebrities and well known CEOs like Bill Gates participated in it.

Objective: The goal is very simple. Dump a large bucket of ice water over your head for the sake of raising money for ALS. Afterwards, you nominate another person via video or through social media to take the challenge.

Setup: The pouring of the ice water was often recorded and shared via social media or YouTube. To nominate someone, the person who had partaken in this event would say "I nominate (insert name here) to take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge."

Finale: Social media nominations were common for non-celebs who wanted to take part because they either thought it was fun or wanted to help the cause.

Verdict: According to the ALS Association, they've earned over $115 million since July 2014. A lot of people didn't even know what ALS was, but this viral money-raising stunt has educated people about the severity of this disease. The popularity of the challenge has died down immensely, but it was a fun fad that had a goal and did good things for a lot of people. It's the only challenge on this list that has helped millions, and it's tough to hate a challenge when it's done so much good.

11. Disney Challenge

Cinderella? Snow White? The Little Mermaid?

What is the Disney challenge?

Objective: Two people have to listen to a series of Disney songs (mostly animated) and guess the song's name and movie origin within 7-10 seconds of the intro.

Setup: Usually a third person would pick and choose the random songs and give the two players short snippets of the songs' intros. If the participant guesses both song and movie within the time limit, then they receive 2 points. If they only correctly guess one of them, then they get 1 point. There is one catch: the other player can steal a point or earn points if they know the song, the movie, or both if the first player got them wrong.

Finale: This is not a Jeopardy-style buzz-in. Each person gets a turn to guess the song and movie, but both players have the potential to earn points for each song. You can settle on how many songs you want to play, but they must be past or current Disney songs. At the end of the game, players tally up their points, and the one with the most points is the winner or Disney star.

Verdict: It's not a hugely popular YouTube game, but it's a lot of fun, especially for kids. There's no harm in it, which is great considering how dangerous challenges can be and no expletives either (rare, I know). I enjoyed watching people play, and both kids and adults can take part, making for a nice family bonding game for parents and children.

10. Bean Boozled Challenge

Harry Potter Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans?

Based on the Harry Potter classic chewy delight, this jelly bean challenge tests your taste buds with a mix of good and terrible flavors.

Objective: Spin the wheel and see which color jelly bean you get, but watch out because one of them is good while the other is disgusting.

Results: Depending on your luck, you could be enjoying tasty candy or feel like throwing up (hint: you might get the vomit flavor).

Verdict: It's a Russian roulette game with candy. The winner is the one with the most luck and least amount of awful jelly beans. You can make this challenge as creative as you want, and definitely have someone eat some disgusting beans as part of their punishment if they lose.

9. Say Anything

Pick a word, any word.
Pick a word, any word. | Source

Sounds Easy, But It's Harder Than You Think

How could saying something be so hard?

Objective: You'll need a minimum of two people but several can play (more difficult). The goal is to say any word when it's your turn to speak, as long as you don't repeat a word someone has said in that round.

Setup: Players are not allowed to pause for more than a second or two when it's their turn. If they do, then they get punished by putting a piece of scotch tape on their face.

Finale: The winner is the person who's punished the least and has the least amount of tape on their face after a set amount of rounds. You could also be creative and pick out your own punishment for the loser/s.

Verdict: It can be silly and a bit painful trying to remove the pieces of tape on your face, but the game itself it very simple and anyone can play. YouTubers normally use the tape to add a comedic effect to their videos. But if you choose to opt out of the tape, keeping score works too, or if you feel daring, then think of your own punishments.

8. Cinnamon Challenge

Got to love that cinnamon
Got to love that cinnamon | Source

Caution is Warranted

This is an older challenge and is one that I don't care for at all, but I'll mention it because of how notorious it was. It may have even sparked the entire YouTube challenge/collaboration movement that's so popular today.

Objective: You have to eat a spoonful of cinnamon to see if you can handle it. (Spoiler alert: You can't.)

Verdict: Young people would often spring this challenge onto unsuspecting people, not realizing how impossible and harmful taking a spoonful of cinnamon was, so it evolved into a mean prank over time. The fun for the spectator comes with the surprise when the participant spews out clouds of cinnamon within seconds of trying to eat it. I mean okay, ha ha, that's funny I guess, but the individual would often cough for awhile afterwards and I'm sure the health effects aren't pleasant either. I'm glad this fad has passed because, to be honest, it looked dangerous and stupid to me and I don't recommend it. If you want to try it then go ahead, but you've been warned.

7. Innuendo Bingo

Dirty Mind Challenge

A messy challenge that's only as dirty as your mind.

Objective: Try not to laugh while keeping liquids in your mouth.

Setup: Usually two players sit across from one another and take a drink of water while looking at each other. Several sound clips have to play in the background. Every time water is spewed, the losing player must take an additional sip for the next round.

Finale: The winner is the person who can survive the most rounds while keeping the water or other liquid in their mouth. The point/round system is subjective.

Verdict: The game itself is not dirty at all, but it challenges how your mind responds to innuendo. The clips are often edited/cut together to elicit suggestive sounds despite the fact that nothing of an explicit nature actually happening. This game gets wet and messy very quickly, and there's a danger that the person across from you will (accidentally) spit water on you. The more distance you keep between yourself and the other player, the less likely you'll get water on you.

6. Chubby Bunny

Mouthful of marshmallows
Mouthful of marshmallows | Source

Chubby (or Fluffy) Bunny

This is another oldie challenge that was common at sleepovers. It's had a second life on YouTube.

Warning: Choking hazard: Be extremely careful if you do this challenge.

Objective: Common rules call for each player to take a marshmallow, put it in their mouth (don't chew, eat or swallow), and say "Chubby Bunny" before moving on to the next person.

Setup: The goal is to see who can last the longest with the most marshmallows in their mouth before they inevitably have to spit them out. You can use big or small marshmallows. Some have done this while reading a book, and some say different things instead of "Chubby Bunny."

Finale: Have a spit bucket or bag handy because this game gets messy quickly. Also do not go beyond your limits because it can easily become extremely hazardous if you do.

Verdict: It's funny to hear someone try to talk with a bunch of marshmallows in their mouth, but it gets disgusting at times. There's an obvious choking hazard with this challenge, which is why I don't recommend it despite its long term popularity. There are better, safer challenges out there and you should partake in those rather than something so risky.

5. Touch My Body

Aw how sweet.
Aw how sweet. | Source

Ultimate Couples Game

This is the most intimate of the challenges on this list, if you couldn't already guess from the name. That's why couples or members of the opposite sex engage in it.

Objective: One person is blindfolded and the other places the blindfolded person's finger onto one of their body parts. The one that can't see has to guess what the body part is.

Setup: All you need is a blindfold and maybe some hand sanitizer. You can keep score of who guesses the most correct and create your own punishment for the loser (if you want).

Finale: People switch back and forth after a few guesses, and there are usually no limits when it comes to which body part you select. This is why there's a lot of careful wording involved and why couples often perform this challenge.

Verdict: As a spectator, this challenge is pretty funny. The funniest part is the reactions of the blindfolded participants because they don't know where their finger is going. The one guiding the other person's finger often tries to fool them by moving around or lifting articles of clothing to make the challenger believe the body part is something else. Overall, it's a fun couples challenge that's hilarious to watch.

4. Speed Drawing

Shut up and draw!
Shut up and draw! | Source

Draw as Fast as You Can

Anyone can play this challenge, and it's a fantastic way to think quickly on your feet.

Objective: You and a few others draw pictures within a short time span (usually 1-2 minutes), and the winner is the one whose drawings are the best.

Setup: The videos on YouTube usually have a theme for the drawings (actors, TV stars, Star Wars characters, etc.) but there's no limit to what you can select. Just make sure the people involved have some idea what the character or thing being drawn is supposed to look like.

Finale: You can vote on the best pictures afterwards or have a neutral party judge the best drawings. The points get tallied up at the end, culminating in a winner (duh). You can choose a punishment for the losers if you want.

Verdict: This challenge is up there with the Disney challenge when it comes to play-ability. It's very safe and doesn't require much time or effort to set up. It's a good way to test your artsy abilities and quick thinking skills. The fun comes from the results because there's only so much you can draw in a minute. I highly recommend this to everyone, especially kids.

3. The Whisper Challenge

Funniest Challenge Ever?

I love watching people play this game because of the extreme randomness of what they say. The results are hysterical, unexpected, and so much fun to watch.

Objective: Try to read lips and figure out what the person is saying while you wear headphones blasting loud music.

Setup: All you need is headphones, some loud music, and imagination. Make sure the music for the listener is loud enough so that the other person is not audible. Remember, the point is to figure out what they're saying by reading their lips.

Finale: People take turns trying to guess what the other one is saying. This game is mostly for amusement and hilarity so few people track points, but you could if you wanted to.

Verdict: This is a cool party game. If you don't want to try it yourself, then take a look at some YouTubers doing this challenge. Most of the videos have very foul language, but it's also hysterical watching those people try to read lips. What they say is as ridiculous as you might imagine it'd be.

2. Try Not to Laugh

Watch Without Grinning or Laughing

Accessible and suitable for all ages. The challenge is exactly what it sounds like, yet oddly enough the more you try, the harder it gets.

Objective: Survive a series of funny Youtube clips (or 6 second vines) without laughing (or smiling, depending on how you want to play).

Setup: You'll need mobile or internet connection because the game is entirely based on video clips. The best way to play is to view a compilation of vines and clips specially designed to make you laugh and/or smile.

Finale: The more people who play, the better. Try to outlast friends and family in a game of willpower and facial muscle control. If you can't handle not smiling, then at least try not to laugh (get it ha ha).

Verdict: This challenge is accessible for all ages and for the most part age appropriate. It's a fun party game although judging who smiles or laughs can be a struggle. There are countless video montages created for this game on YouTube, but it's a "challenge" finding a collection of clips that are actually really funny. There are also spin-offs such as "Try Not to Cry" and "Try Not to Scream/Be Scared." However, before you move to those, I suggest trying this game out to test its comedic chops.

1. Eat It or Wear It Challenge

Messy Food Fight

A challenge that takes taste-testing is another level. This game is messy but fun if you can handle putting disgusting things in your mouth.

Objective: From a pile of closed bags with numbers on them, choose one and either eat the food inside or "wear" it. The winner is the one who wears it least.

Setup: There's a lot of prep work involved if you consider getting, bagging, and numbering the foods.

Finale: The randomness of the contents of the bag is the scariest part. You would think eating a rather disgusting item would be the worst part, but having heaps of smelly, wet, and sticky food in your hair is just as bad.

Verdict: This challenge is a food fight in disguise, but there's nothing wrong with that. If you must play, then do so out in the open. Also don't go overboard on the food selections. Have the food at least be edible in some shape or form, and as with any food challenge: Be aware of food allergies!

Top 5 Honorable Mentions

1. Wet Head Challenge

A quiz challenge where players wear a special helmet with tubes attached that they must pull out when they get an answer wrong. One random tube that gets pulled will cause water to spill out and cause you to lose.

2. 100 Layers

Can you put a 100 layers of something on yourself and live to tell the tale? The layers could include anything from hats, shirts, makeup, and more.

3. Mannequin Challenge

A late 2016 classic where everyone does their best to freeze in place while the popular song "Black Beatles" plays in the background. This challenge was one of the few to break into the mainstream like the ALS ice bucket one did several years ago.

4. Hot Pepper Challenge

Can you survive eating some of the hottest peppers in the world? I urge extreme caution when attempting this.

5. No Thumbs Challenge

A fun game for all ages where you try to accomplish various tasks while your thumbs are tied up but remember— no cheating!

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      CoolKid 13 months ago

      I'm SO doing these when i'm a youtuber!Thanks for the challenge Idea's!

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      Krzysztof Willman 13 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Good luck. They're cool ideas (some of them) and a view booster.

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      Nd. Rain 13 months ago

      Some of the challenges aren't popular anymore, as it states in the title POPULAR YouTube tags.

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      Krzysztof Willman 13 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      I agree there are a lot more new challenges popping up, which will be included.

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      Teacup Girl 13 months ago

      Tez im sure I'll try them now as I'm a you tuber many thanks xNikola

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      Krzysztof Willman 13 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Good luck!

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      Logy 13 months ago

      Thanks i guess

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      grace 12 months ago

      hi im on youtube but i dont know what challeng to do? im not aloud to do eat it or wear it challeng what shall i do? thankyou

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      Ashlynn 12 months ago

      I will try to do as many of these as I can on my channel also I need subs so hopefully this will help.

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      Krzysztof Willman 12 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      If they're done right, then you'll get people to watch and hopefully subsribe, good luck.

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      Krzysztof Willman 12 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      If you're a Disney fan then I'd recommend that challenge. Also Bean Boozled is pretty fun to try. There are other cleaner challenges out there and I'd recommend checking out some of Rosanna Pansino's challenges on YouTube.

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      daandemmers 11 months ago

      this are not good challenge but the try not to laugh challenge amd the ice bucket challenge is ok

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      Krzysztof Willman 11 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      They aren't all good but they are still very popular even if some people don't like them. The ice bucket challenge actually helped raise a lot money for diseases and recently scientists discovered a way to help people with ALS because of the money raised from it.

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      Krzysztof Willman 11 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Sure no problem.

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      Glenn Stok 10 months ago from Long Island, NY

      I'm not one to spend time watching these kind of things on YouTube, but I do find YouTube a goldmine of informative videos. Nevertheless, I'm always curious to learn what can go viral. Be it video, or written articles as well. These challenges can definitely lead to a video that one day may hit that goal. Interesting indeed.

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      Krzysztof Willman 10 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      If only I knew the exact ingredients towards content virility. The YouTube market definitely skews younger but there's so much variable content that practically everyone has used it at some point.

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      HeyimGirly 10 months ago

      The Charlie Charlie challenge is fake it only works when the fan is on but it is fun!

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      Krzysztof Willman 10 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      I know but like you said it's still fun especially if people don't know it's not true.

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      Blakeboi 9 months ago

      Thanks I will use one of the challenges my YouTube is bananaprinceproductions.

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      Lydia 7 months ago

      I would like lots of subscribers please

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      Krzysztof Willman 7 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      I think we all would but you have to put in the work and get lucky to achieve that with so many content creators out there. Ask yourself why should I watch your content over say a much more popular, established YouTuber.

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      Mariah 7 months ago

      I wish I can do a challenge by my self becuz I'm the only one who is on my channel

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      Krzysztof Willman 7 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      I don't see why you can't there are a few that don't require more than one person.

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      Thatrican31 6 months ago

      I did the chubby bunny challenge. I came up wth one called the hot link challenge. Will do it today subscribe and like my other videos guys.


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      Krzysztof Willman 6 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Hot link challenge? That sounds interesting.

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      blabla 6 months ago

      i am a youtuber

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      Preston Harty 6 months ago

      I started this challenge and it is sooo much fun!!


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      Anonymous 6 months ago

      SO wasting food is totally okay because it's a challenge ?

      Wake up people our planet is dying

      stop wasting food and water for some stupid challenges

      And please STOP with the hot knife challenge , that's just dumb as fuck

      You might harm your self or accidently set everything on fire

      Just stop doing challenges if they involve food,water, fire or harming yourself

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      Godspeed 6 months ago

      You haven't added the running man challenge.

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      DasCoolmayne 6 months ago

      That eat it or wear it challenge had me laughing like crazy.. make some more videos !! This site has a bunch of challenges you can use www.chalkshare.com or just google some fun challenges.

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      camppartyof4 6 months ago

      https://youtu.be/0LsPI9FBnCw here's another good challenge!

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      Arctic Rainbows 5 months ago

      Please could anyone sub me only on 8 i really need 130 people are making fun of my sub number my name is Arctic Rainbows

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      JJ Deuce 5 months ago

      Hey can you guys subscribe to the channel JJ Deuce it's the first that pops up if u speel it right plz sub it would be great

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      ChaseAse 4 months ago

      CoolKid that's not how it works XD

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      Clara 4 months ago

      Love it but show challenges that most people can do

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      Krzysztof Willman 3 months ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Yeah it's a bit of a food waster.

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      flip4life333 3 months ago

      i just did the flour challenge gaged!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:)

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      lauren45359 2 months ago

      want to try all i have a youtube channel i have done 5 or 6 of them going to do more

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      Faze Rain 2 months ago

      I'm going to do some of these challenges with my other Faze members

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      Eally 2 months ago

      I'm a youtubeer I love them

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      Vale Del Rossi Risso 7 weeks ago

      Cool ideas,im try to ''trying'' :'D with my sis

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      gingerking 4 weeks ago

      What about Wethead game and pie face. OH AND balloon Russian roulette

      youtube iisuperbroii

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      Krzysztof Willman 4 weeks ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      I plan on adding a few of those in the future along with new ones that became popular this year.

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      Mia Dandridge 9 days ago

      I like it

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      Krzysztof Willman 7 days ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Thank you

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      Tilly 6 days ago

      I love it and the video's

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      Krzysztof Willman 6 days ago from Parlin, New Jersey

      Thank you very much

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