Most of us have a quarantine routine pretty much down at this point, but sources of entertainment are getting slim. Whether you're plowing through books like it's your job or have completely furnished your Animal Crossing house, you may be itching for some new stimulation. And the same two board games can only be played so many times.
Enter: the Presley family. Alex, the 25-year-old self-proclaimed CEO and Commissioner of what he's calling the Quarantine Olympics, is sharing the long, boring days with his girlfriend, parents and twin brother in their family home in Cornelius, N.C. Not only have they stayed busy with their creative, exciting and actually pretty competitive DIY games, but they've amassed a viral following after posting videos of the games on Alex's social media accounts.
"We are a pretty fun family and like to play games most nights. One night, my mom tried to get us to play the same card game we had played the last two nights, so I decided it was time to switch it up," he explained to Entertainment Tonight. "So, I made everyone do a straw race, where we try and beat the refrigerator. It went viral overnight [on TikTok] and we've been doing games ever since."
Most other challenges, including Can Curling, Toilet Paper Bowling and Blindfolded Toilet Paper Dodgeball, can be found on Alex's TikTok page, but he shared some specific challenges and important rules.
"This is a super fun and hilarious game! Everyone puts on their best pair of socks and you select a start point on the floor. Everyone takes turns running to the line, and then they have to slide from there. Once you stop sliding, you mark it and measure how far your slide was. Whoever slides the farthest wins," he told ET.
Meanwhile, some challenges are more...self-explanatory than others.
Alex told ET that the family is currently in talks with NBC Sports to organize some of their Quarantine Olympic games with actual Olympic athletes.
"I am still working on the challenges, but it's crazy to think I could be going up against an Olympian," he said. "Honestly, it would be crazy if Steph Curry wanted to challenge me in the three-point toilet paper contest!"
For now, though, they're just stoked to see so many people around the world participating in this tournament they dreamed up.
"We really want to do a couple games where we can challenge other people or families. Make sure to tag me on Instagram or TikTok so we can check them out and possibly challenge you to an event!" Alex shared. "Also, a lot of people are now using the hashtag #QuarantineOlympics, which is a great way for other people to watch their games."
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