It may seem like mindless entertainment, but bottle flipping is every middle schooler's new favorite pastime. And before you rush to judge, remember all of the countless hours you "wasted" on hacky sacking, yo-yoing, teaching your Furby English, and mastering this:
Originating in Charlotte, NC, 18 year-old Michael Senatore impressively flipped a bottle to land upright for a high school talent show. After a YouTube video of the dramatic stunt went viral, Senatore went on to create even more bottle-flipping moments, earning him an invitation to The Late Show with Stephen Colbert in May.
Since imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, today's youth has been clamoring to copy Senatore's skills. "Capping" – the act of landing a water bottle on its cap – is apparently the most difficult and praiseworthy move for the schoolyard sport, but it's the science behind the throw and water level that has peaked the interest of our next generation. (The Boston Globe provides a detailed explanation of the perfect toss here).
While the activity can be annoying, time-consuming and even expensive (cases of water aren't the cheapest!), it sure beats experimenting with drugs and alcohol. And for that we commend you, Michael Senatore, for starting a revolution.