20 Strangers

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You must be aware by now of a new phenomenon of sorts that’s making waves on social media – that of 20 Strangers.

The first was 20 strangers who were asked to kiss each other for the first time ever. (Um, awkward)


Then of course, there was a parody – 20 strangers giving each other a slap (or in some cases, a few slaps). (Totally hilarious, especially when some of them really got into it)


The latest by Tatia Plieva who created the first kiss video? 20 strangers undress each other (and cleverly, it’s an ad to promote the new season of the TV series, Masters of Sex). (Awkward. Steamy? Maybe a little. The dude with the long hair was er, cute.)

This got me thinking (and tweeting):

Here are a few more ideas for 20 strangers (all in good humour of course, and I tried to keep it clean). My husband contributed a few others – gold stars for those who can guess which ones are his. 20 strangers do what to each other?!

20 Strangers Give Each Other A Neck Massage

20 Strangers Share a Drink From The Same Glass With A Straw

20 Strangers Wash Each Other’s Hair

20 Strangers Read One Page From Their Private Journal To Each Other

20 Strangers Kick Each Other In The Genitals

20 Strangers Fart In Front Of Each Other

20 Strangers Dance Off With Each Other

20 Strangers Insult Each Other

20 Strangers Take A Selfie Together 

What would you add?


Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and DrGreene.com. She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • July 14, 2014 tracy

    20 strangers ride a roller coaster together? Go fishing? Pack a picnic? Watch reality tv? I dunno. So funny!
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      A picnic would be fun!

  • July 14, 2014 Bev

    20 strangers shave each other…? I had never heard of this before, but it’s quite interesting!
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      Bahaha! That WOULD be interesting, especially if er, different body parts are involved. πŸ™‚

  • July 14, 2014 Janine Huldie

    20 Strangers read the same passage from a book and then each feel what they got from it. A twist not he old telephone chain game? I don’t know, just my attempt to come up with something today πŸ™‚
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      That’s interesting!

  • July 15, 2014 Shannon

    Fried chicken. That’s a good one. Maybe have people reenact the spaghetti scene from Lady and the Tramp? Also, Second City did a spoof of this with your farting suggestion. It was hilarious.
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      Ooh, I’ve gotta look that up!

  • July 15, 2014 Tove Stakkestad

    How about 20 strangers get a family with four kids ready and out of the door… I would love to see that one play out.

    • July 16, 2014 janice

      HAHA, this would be hilarious. I would like to see this too!

    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      Bahahaha!! That would be HILARIOUS.

  • July 15, 2014 Jennifer

    Talk about childhood pets? Favorite vacation spots? Go to the bathroom together? (Please God no!) Share an ice cream cone?
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      Sharing an ice cream cone would be fun (and funny)!

  • July 15, 2014 AwesomelyOZ

    Wow those are insane, I never saw any of those! Yeah it always astounds me how everyone has a price someway, somehow – those people were possibly paid, and sometimes not so, to kiss a stranger or be slapped by one. Lol. Fascinating all to promote a series – at least they’re becoming creative with their advertisement. Happy Monday Alison! -Iva

    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      I did wonder if they were paid, especially since the first one consisted of mostly actors, and the second one by the same person was an ad for a TV show. I guess to them, it WAS acting. πŸ™‚

  • July 15, 2014 Kerstin

    I’m gonna go with fart and dance off for your husband – that’s what mine would probably contribute πŸ˜€
    Disclosure – I had not heard of the 20 stranger thing… yes, I live under a rock lately πŸ™‚
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      Hah you’re right!

  • July 15, 2014 Dana

    I find these videos both fascinating and uncomfortable to watch – I feel their embarrassment and feel like a voyeur. But I’d love to watch most of yours! I’m guessing the fart and genital kick are your husband’s. I can’t think of one to add right now, but sign me up for the neck massage one!
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      And you’d be right! I wouldn’t mind a neck massage either.

  • July 15, 2014 Tricia

    Ahh i can’t get over the awkwardness of the whole thing to think of new ones! I tried to watch the latest and couldn’t get past the first minute. So awkward!
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      It was, wasn’t it? I think it challenges our levels of social acceptance of certain behaviors. πŸ™‚

  • July 15, 2014 Kim

    Maybe something home improvement related? Like 20 Strangers Put Up a Wallpaper Together. Really put them to the test. πŸ™‚
    Also, was your husband’s contribution related to farting? Just a guess.
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      Haha, that would be funny!
      Yes, you are right about the farting one. πŸ™‚

  • July 15, 2014 Tamara

    20 strangers look for moose together.
    Yeah, I’m going with that.
    I liked the long-haired guy, yes, but it was the blond guy who said that he had sweaty hands too. It must have worked because those two were kissing (and maybe more) by the end!
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      Moose seeking would be fun!

  • July 15, 2014 AlwaysARedhead

    I hadn’t seen the videos, they are hysterical. With the last one, I think all married couples she undress each other, especially after they have been married with kids for years. Really when was the last time you undressed your husband?
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      That is a good point!

  • July 16, 2014 julie gardner

    I’d like to see the strangers who’d sign up to be kicked in the genitals – ha!

    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      So would I!

  • July 16, 2014 Rorybore

    The slapping one — I had to stop half way through, it’s so harsh but I was totally laughing too. that’s terrible to admit.
    I am totally down with the dance off one – that would be epic.
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      I totally laughed too, it was hilarious!

  • July 16, 2014 janice

    20 strangers give a piggyback ride to each other?

    I know married couples who still don’t fart in front of each other so I’d definitely like to see 20 strangers do that! I think it’d be hilarious.
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      Why wouldn’t couples fart in front of each other? Who can they fart in front of them then? πŸ™‚
      Piggybacking would be funny.

  • July 16, 2014 Amber

    Fun videos.

    Maybe 20 strangers go to Target? It’s just because I love Target…
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      Hah! And find each other one gift. πŸ™‚

  • July 16, 2014 Janice Trinh

    Totally funny! I think I can guess the ones your husband added – like the kicking each other on the genitals. Ha! That ought to be good to watch!
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      You’d be right!

  • July 16, 2014 Nina

    Okay seriously though–the journal one could get really interesting!!
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      I know, I am just waiting for someone to do it!

  • July 16, 2014 Andrea

    The farting one made me giggle. I’d watch that video.
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      I would too! Apparently there is already one? Have to go look it up.

  • July 17, 2014 Rudri Bhatt Patel

    So funny!

    20 Strangers Reveal Their Deepest Regret. Kind of like Post Secret, but in person.

    Interesting question, Alison.
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      Ooh, that’d be interesting.

  • July 17, 2014 Lisa

    Ack!!! I am such an introvert and I could not even imagine doing that!
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      I couldn’t possibly do it either. πŸ™‚

  • July 17, 2014 Elaine A.

    I like the fried chicken on, for real! HA HA HA!

    20 Strangers throw grapes into each other’s mouths…

    I guess your hubby did the ones about farts and genitals. Men. πŸ˜‰

    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      Hah, there’d be a lot of lost grapes. And yes, you are right!

  • July 17, 2014 cam

    Ha! I’d actually like the “20 strangers taking a selfie together”.
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      Wouldn’t that be super fun?

  • July 18, 2014 Natalie

    Holy cow I haven’t seen any of these…lol I must have been under a rock. AWKWARD! πŸ™‚
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      Now you have, and yes, totally!

  • July 18, 2014 Kara

    Oh, the imagery! Geoff has one to add … 20 strangers clip each other’s toenails. (I think our husbands would be delightful friends. Oy.)
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      Hah omigosh, that would be funny and gross!

  • July 18, 2014 My Inner Chick


    why haven’t I heard of this?


    what about 20 strangers getting together & then getting 20 more strangers & so on & SO ON…

    anD starting a f*cking revolution?!!

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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      That would be awesome!

  • July 19, 2014 heidi

    I am dying at washing each other’s hair! I can totally picture it. All of that shampoo! I also like strangers insulting each other. Now I’m trying to think of one….
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      I really wish someone would do the insult each other one!

  • July 21, 2014 Kimberly

    Kick in the junk…I’d see that. There is probably nothing funnier than crotch kicks…unless you’re the recipient.
    Since my son is into all things butt related how about:
    20 Strangers taking photocopies of their asses…
    Cause on a Monday, that sounds hilarious!
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    • July 21, 2014 Alison

      Photocopies of asses – BAHAHAHAHA!!

  • July 23, 2014 Robbie

    I’ve never seen these videos but will have to check them out. Something that would be creepy and gross and repulsive for me…20 strangers give each other foot massages! Or 20 strangers watch an incredibly sad movie together, 20 strangers go skinny dipping, 20 strangers go on a roadtrip
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    • July 23, 2014 Alison

      Foot massages! Heh.

  • July 28, 2014 Keely

    20 strangers feed a meal to another person’s kiddo. HILARITY.
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    • July 28, 2014 Alison

      I would pay to watch that!

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