The Hand-Fist Challenge
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The Hand-Fist Challenge, also known as the Hand Challenge or the Hand Swap Challenge, is a social game based on an optical illusion in which one wraps their fingers around their open palm and in one motion moves their hand and makes a fist, appearing as though their fist is pushing through their hand.
On August 21st, 2018, Twitter  user @kay_dera posted the earliest known instance of the movement. The post (shown below) received more than 30,000 retweets and 80,000 likes in less than one week.
Let’s see how far this goes 💀 pic.twitter.com/0bNq4QY0qc— 🍯✨ (@kay_dera) August 22, 2018
People resonded to the post by attempting the motion themselves. For example, the following day, Twitter user @djpupdawg posted a version where they attempt the trick by switching hands. The post (shown below) received more than 150 retweets and 1,500 likes in less than one week.
Almost had it! pic.twitter.com/IFEMuRJ9yD— DJ PupDawg🙏🏽😊🇵🇰 (@djpupdawg) August 22, 2018
Others responded to the tweet with images of people confused. Twitter user @monki_GM tweeted a picture of Beyoncé with the caption, "I watched this 10 times in a row and I still don't get it." The post (shown below, left) received more then 350 retweets and 2,500 likes in two days.
Twitter user @Instratic tweeted a GIF of Zach Galifianakis with the caption "me, watching everyone & they mom do it while im sittin here struggling:" The post (shown below, right) received more than 350 retweets and 3,300 likes in two days.
Several media outlets coverd the challenge, including Mashable,  PopSugar[ and more.
On August 23rd, Twitter published a Moments page about the trend.
 Twitter – @kay_dera's Tweet
 Twitter – @monki_GM's Tweet
 Twitter – @Instratic's Tweet
 Mashable – This hand swap optical illusion is wildly confusing the internet
 POPSUGAR Tech – What Is the Hand Challenge?
 Twitter – This new hand challenge is either really easy or hard
Aug 25, 2018 at 02:25PM EDT
Aug 25, 2018 at 05:01AM EDT
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