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Bottle flipping becomes a fury with center schoolers

Meghan Enwright had reached her limit. Exasperated by her immature sons’ infuriating new robe of flipping half-filled H2O bottles into a atmosphere in an bid to land them upright, a Marshfield mom pecked out a discerning Facebook post voicing her displeasure.

“If my kids flip a H2O bottle one some-more time. . .”


Almost immediately a responses from other relatives started rolling in.

“Thought it was only my kids!”


“All. Summer. Long.’’

It’s not tough these days to find kids flipping bottles: during train stops, during middle-school lunchroom tables, inside Little League dugouts, even on inhabitant television. At one indicate during final week’s Patriots broadcast, a camera cut to some kids in a Gillette Stadium stands, absent-mindedly bottle flipping as a home group rolled to victory.


“It’s an epidemic,” Alyssa Lefrancois of East Taunton pronounced recently, as one of her 4 children attempted to flip a bottle into a cup-holder of her car. “My son went to a Little League World Series, and they were training a kids from Japan how to do it.”

For kids, a pull is simple. Even in an age of digital distractions, this diversion is quick, it’s portable, and while a scholarship behind it is indeed sincerely elaborate — water, bony momentum, and sobriety paving a approach for a soothing alighting — it requires no training.

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As Nolan Barry, 13, a seventh-grader from Foxborough, sincerely explains, “It’s something we have to experience.”

For those wondering how this started — or simply in hunt of a aim for their madness — a good place to start would be Michael Senatore, an 18-year-old from Charlotte, N.C., who could be described as a Godfather of bottle-flipping.

Last spring, anticipating himself but an act for his high propagandize talent show, Senatore motionless to try his palm during bottle-flipping, a hobby he and his classmates had dabbled in a year earlier. Armed with some thespian song and a good volume of swagger, a teen strolled on theatre and, with a flip of a wrist, landed a small, partly filled cosmetic bottle honest onto a circuitously table.

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The brief performance, that sent those in a assembly into hysterics, was prisoner on video, and we can theory what happened next: 5 million YouTube views, a trove of purgation blog posts, an entrance by Senatore on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

Not slightest of all, it brought a formerly subterraneous art of bottle-flipping to a masses. Since then, legions of participants have pushed it forward, adding twists along a way.

No longer, for example, does a normal flip like Senatore’s cut it. “Capping” — that is, flipping a bottle so it lands offset on a top — competence now be a quickest trail to school-yard glory. YouTube, meanwhile, is filled with videos of Senatore acolytes attempting increasingly artistic and severe flips: off trampolines, atop hoverboards, by basketball hoops.

“Across a street,” says West Roxbury proprietor John P. Chojnowski, whose 12-year-old son Jed has turn spooky with bottle flipping, “[one] landed on a neighbor’s cat.”

Despite a intense reviews of youth flippers, relatives have been distant reduction enamored.

There’s a continuous thump thump thump of partly-filled bottles crashing by their homes. And a cost. Enwright stopped shopping bottled drinks altogether, she says, after her kids began ripping by $20 or $30 value of bottled drinks a week to promote their habit.

Parents protest that they find half-filled bottles cluttering a residence and chuck them out.

“The other day, [my son] got a code new Poland Spring bottle and poured half of it down a drain,” says Jennifer Barry of Foxborough. “I was like, ‘Noooo!’”

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Shane Bradley, 12, showed off his “bottle flipping’” skills while visiting a home of James Tobin in West Roxbury.

And this is to contend zero of a large bottles going airborne in center propagandize lunchrooms opposite a region.

“They flip a bottles all over a cafeteria,” says Peggy Regan, a clergyman during Arlington’s Ottoson Middle School. “Food gets spilled over, [the bottles] finish adult on a floor. Our lunch room is bustling and crowded. It doesn’t work well.”

To this, immature flippers offer small some-more than a self-evident hurl of a eyes.

“A lot of a renouned trends right now my father thinks are kind of stupid,” says James Tobin, a seventh-grader from West Roxbury who has spent a past week attempting to flip a bottle onto a wooden blockade outward his family’s home. “But he doesn’t unequivocally know what they mean, and he didn’t unequivocally live them, since [he’s from] a ’80s.”

Whether bottle-flipping has a stamina to out-last a slew of other new fads — we’re looking during you, Pokemon Go — stays to be seen.

Already, some schools have begun holding stairs to rage a tossing. North Reading Middle School released a anathema on a use during a start of a propagandize year.

Other schools also have warned students and relatives that bottle-flipping would no longer be permitted.

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In a meantime, some unfortunate teachers have taken matters into their possess hands.

Since a flip listened ’round a world, Senatore, now a beginner during a University of South Carolina, has perceived a handful of messages from middle- and high-school teachers seeking either he competence cruise privately propelling students to holster their bottles.

But while he’s sensitive to their plight, he can’t move himself to do it.

In a way, it would be like James Naismith entrance out opposite basketball.

“Whenever we see a child flipping a bottle, we know somehow we managed to change that kid,” Senatore said.

“I get a small grin each time we see it.”


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Dugan Arnett can be reached during dugan.arnett@globe.com.


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