1. Here are some Smarties.
(note for UK readers: Smarties in the U.S. are fruit-flavoured sweets).
2. And here’s a man from Z-TV re-enacting what kids in Rhode Island are reportedly doing with them. Step 1: crush.
5. But that’s not even the worst bit. This is the worst bit.
Flies can be attracted by the rotting candy inside the nose lining and lay larvae eggs. It’s a slight risk, but it could happen, as BoingBoing explains.
6. A leaked letter to parents from Portsmouth Middle School makes clear the risks:
they include lung infections; bleeding and nasal passage scarring; allergic reactions and smoker’s cough.
A search of YouTube reveals hundreds of hits for the craze, suggesting it spreads far beyond Rhode Island.