Whether browsing the internet or sitting in study hall, you’ve probably come across it at some point by now: The constant flipping of water bottles. The goal of this new simple game is to take a partially filled up water bottle and flip it with your hand to have it land and stay up on its end. While water bottle flipping has always been around, it really came into the the public eye a few months ago, when a video was posted to Youtube depicting high school senior Mike Senatore flipping a water bottle onto a table amidst intense music for his high school talent show. The video expanded in popularity rapidly, and the true renaissance of the bottle flip began. From simple imitations to compilations of the most crazy and lucky water bottle tricks, the internet is now flooded (Get it!? Because water.) with bottle flips of all kind, and this trend has certainly extended to Whitewater High School.
“It’s just one of those new things everyone wants to try.” said resident bottle flipping expert Hiqmet Dauti when asked why flipping has become so popular. “They see it all over the place and think ‘What is that? That’s cool! I want to try it!’” Hiqmet has been one of the biggest flipping advocates at WHS, even writing an informative speech for the Human Communications PIE class about the physics of the water bottle flip. However, when asked whether or not water bottle flipping was here to stay, he stated, “Look at the Harlem Shake. That was the biggest thing in 8th grade, and when you ask people what the Harlem Shake is now, people don’t know.” Other people feel even more impassioned about this simple pastime. “I think the water bottle challenge is an inspiration.” said freshman Kiese Cone. “People who aren’t very good at many things can finally work hard and get truly good at something they can show others.”
I, personally, liken the concept of water bottle flipping to the simple, traditional toys of the 19th and early 20th centuries; toys like Ball In A Cup, where the user endlessly repeats the seemingly arbitrary action of trying to get a ball attached to a string into the small attached cup. Both actions are difficult enough to keep the player from losing interest, but are seemingly easy enough that players are kept from being too easily disheartened. This gives bottle flipping an addicting nature that can keep everyone from first time flippers to flip masters entertained for long periods of time. The mindless nature of the bottle flip can also provide a nice break from the constant sensory information we receive from our phones and computers. Plus, bottle flipping is extremely easy to get into, all you need is a water bottle and some determination.
Whatever the cause may be, water bottle flipping is becoming a staple of life at WHS, and it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon. So next time you see someone (probably Hiqumet Dauti) flipping a bottle, maybe try and give it a flip, yourself.