Flap ‘n’ Snap PSA
The prospect is simple: a slacken-jawed subject flaps their face to and fro as fast as they can while camera wielding onlookers snap a photo. Without fail, hilarity ensues. But as fantastically hilarious as it is, the practice known as “Flap ‘n’ Snap” hides a much more terrifying dark side.
A few months back a friend was lured into a few harmless flap ‘n’ snaps. But, lo! The next day he found himself in the hospital. It turns out he’s a hemophiliac, a fact unknown to all but him. The doctor told our friend that he was bleeding between his brain and skull and that flap ‘n’ snaps weren’t good for anyone, most of all a hemophiliac. Those intrepid among you may connect these dots to form the conclusion that we all bleed between our brains and skulls while performing a flap ‘n’ snap, but we’re able to clot that bleeding. Luckily, our friend is fine.
I love flap ‘n’ snaps as much as the next person, possibly quite a bit more, but I would be remiss in not telling you this cautionary tale. Like drinking, drugs, and politics, you take your life into your own hands when you flap ‘n’ snap.
Will this stop me? Nah. After all, my body can magically clot blood! But, for the rest of you, especially hemophiliacs, please be careful. I’ve updated the Flickr group with an appropriate warning. Flap carefully.