Here’s why TikTok users are obsessed with throwing pens at cups

TikTokers are using the “pen in cup” challenge to see where life is going to take them. 

Before it was checking whether it would be a “bones day” or a “no bones day” to predict the mood. Now people are tossing pens into cups to see if they land in order to make choices. But in typical TikTok fashion, irony has prevailed, and people aren’t exactly using the challenge as it was intended. 

What is the “pen in cup” challenge on TikTok?

In the trend, people state something they should or want to do, then throw a pen into a cup from a short distance. If it lands inside, they are going to do it. If it doesn’t land inside, it’s not in the stars. 

“I will have a boyfriend by the end of this year,” Elise Fernandez said in a video

She tossed the pen into the cup and missed. Luckily, her next pen landed inside the cup and her goal of having a million followers next year may come true. 

But TikTokers like @2goodmarshall purposefully missed so they could shirk their responsibilities. 

“Should I go workout? Should I eat healthily?” he asked as he tossed the pens in the furthest direction from the cup. 

“If I make this I’ll do the laundry? Do the dishes? Go workout?” Lindsey Gurk said throwing the pens away from the cup. 

Gurk kept tossing the pens until one of them landed inside while shouting, “Go to Target!” 

TikToker Andy Lalwani did the challenge with his boyfriend. The two dared each other with every pen toss. 

“If I get this in we’re watching horror movies this weekend,” Lalwani said

“If I get this in you have to make the bed every day next weekend,” his boyfriend said

They both were unable to get any pens in the cup. 

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