Teacher Puts Together Funny Bottle Flipping Video Mocking Trends
Bottle flipping is one of those internet fads that every high schooler wanted to be a part of. Flipping a quarter-filled bottle of water and getting it to land standing up is not impressive. In fact, it’s extremely easy. But the fun part of the viral videos is watching the overreaction by large classrooms of teens. They scream and cheer as if the bottle flip is a game-winning buzzer beater from half court. I’ve had a lot of good laughs from those videos.
Sixth grade teacher Nathan Marshall eventually got burned out with his students bottle flipping in class during inappropriate times. He banned the act in his class back on December 6. But then the next day, he started creating an epic bottle flip trick video that took six months to shoot and edit. He pretty hilariously ties into other outdated trends like the Thug Life sunglasses, dabbing, and yelling “Kobe” after nailing a basket.
Marshal took the time to answer some FAQs regarding the video.
Why did you ban bottle flipping?
The grade 6 teachers really tried to meet the kids halfway on this one this year. We worked bottle flipping into our motion geometry unit in math, we used bottle flipping to develop testable questions and identify variables in science, but by November the kids still couldn’t resist the urge to flip the water bottles on their desks at the most inopportune times. Recess? Fair game.
Why didn’t you release this when it would have actually been relevant?
Because it was funnier to release it when it wasn’t. Most of the clips were filmed between Christmas break and January, so I’ve been sitting on the footage for a while. As a teacher working with students who jump on countless trends that rise and fall throughout the year, irrelevance became part of the joke.
Why didn’t you upload the students’ reactions?
Privacy protection, and because the comments section is rarely a kind place.
Where are the fidget spinners?
My grade partner made the second half of the video (which we also showed on the last day of the school). It prominently features a fidget spinner and references at least 10 other memes, but we used far too much copy written content to release it publicly.
Why did you film vertically?
I was camera flipping obvs.
I look forward to whatever trends Marshall mocks in next year’s video.