This Text Will Shut Down Your iPhone Automatically, So Brace Yourself For An iMessage Apocalypse

I'm pretty sure straight up telling someone you hate their guts went out of style somewhere around the '80s, because we've gotten delightfully passive aggressive as a human race since then. Now if you don't like someone, you have plenty of options to express that hatred in a subtle way: You can send glitter to your enemies, you can summon a Mexican demon in their house, or — perhaps the worst of all — you can send a text that shuts down iPhones. With a few swift clicks of a button, you can text a series of symbols that literally makes someone's phone so #done that it "can't even" anymore.

Did anybody else have a kid in their second grade class who was just like little-kid-in-a-horror-flick creepy? Because I did. And he told us all once that there existed a string of nonsense vowels that would end the world if anybody ever strung them together and randomly said them out loud. Our teacher told us not to believe him. OUR TEACHER LIED. Because there may not be a nonsense word that ends the world, but there is a nonsense text that ends something much bigger and more important than that: Our phones.

You might think this is a load of crap, and that's OK. It doesn't really matter what you believe, because the truth is, you aren't safe from it either way. Knowing about it doesn't protect you—as long as your phone is on and your friends are sadists, it could happen to any of us.

Here's the text that people are sending:

Or here, in text form, because I'm already going to hell and I want all of you to come with me:

effective.

Power لُلُصّبُلُلصّبُررً ॣ ॣh ॣ ॣ 冗

And now that you've seen it, YOU WILL DIE IN SEVEN DAYS.

In case you don't believe me about the so-called "effective power text," here it is in action:

Now that it's picking up speed, people are taking to Twitter with their sad sauce:

I don't know why this is exists, because quite frankly, I had way too much faith in humanity. I didn't think we would ever create such a terrible thing, nor did I believe that we would so rampantly abuse it. To all the teens trolling other teens out there — go watch a Spider-Man movie. You need to get learnt.

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