publication date: Tuesday, February 16, 2021 (part of Winter 2021)

category: Controversy

clue: When you want your hair to stay in place, choose your product carefully.

explanation: Brown went viral in February 2021 after mistaking a spray bottle of Gorilla Glue for a similarly-named hair care product, permanently bonding her hair to her head. Her subsequent saga of visiting the hospital, asking for donations to help defray the cost of treatment, and finally traveling to California for the help of a plastic surgeon have led to a lot of discussion and judgment online. more…

difficulty: hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, Aaron Shurtleff, Ruth Cichoski, and Alexis Andino

trivia: Scott resisted making this goo at first, because he was sympathetic to Brown's suffering and didn't want to pile on with the bandwagon of people making fun of her. But Brown's plight was so widely and frequently discussed that he decided not to ignore it.

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