By N. Mark Castro
Impossible is a word to be found only in the dictionary of fools.
“Challenge Accepted” is an expression used to indicate that the speaker is willing to attempt completing a difficult task. The phrase is often associated with a rage comic character illustrated as a stick figure with crossed arms and a smug facial expression.
“Challenge accepted” began as a catchphrase for the character Barney Stinson in the television sitcom How I Met Your Mother. The earliest instance of Stinson uttering the phrase can be heard in Season 2, Episode 6 “Aldrin Justice” while announcing his intention to seduce an older woman. The episode originally aired on October 23rd, 2006.
On December 13th, the “Challenge Accepted” Facebook page was created, which has accumulated over 373,925 likes to date. It’s actually amazing how a simple phrase can take a life of its own, cross borders, break barriers, and ignore race and religion that the world can identify with.