This Skyrim mod makes me want to go and lie down for a bit. Uploaded by user MissleMann, the Grimace Mead mod is simply credited to "He watches". Great. On the plus side, NexusMod's virus scan feature has designated the Skyrim Grimace Shake as "safe to use", which somehow fails to be reassuring when faced with the prospect of downloading this purple eldritch horror.
If you're unfamiliar with the Grimace Shake, it's one of those infectiously weird TikTok trends that there's just no escape from. The premise is as follows: you receive a McDonalds Grimace Shake. You wish Grimace a happy birthday. You drink it. You are then found in a puddle of Grimace-coloured blood by your camera person, presumably dead. It's also spawned more Twitter memes than you can shake a Grimace at.
This version of the Grimace Shake, named the Grimace Mead, can be bought from Belethor for the staggering price of 170 septims. That's about 18 loaves of bread, or 28 potatoes. Mercifully, I didn't have to download this cursed artefact onto my machine to give it a test drive, as a channel named Jackary on YouTube has already done that for me.
Drinking the Grimace Mead will see your character quickly black out—presumably from trying to hold all in all those birthday wishes—and wake up in a secondary location, sometimes surrounded by purple goop. Shockingly you don't die, which proves that the Dovah-Kiin is somehow strong enough to resist a drink with an otherwise 100% mortality rate, if TikTok is any indication.
I can't help but feel a sense of gaming patriotism as I watch Jackary's dragonborn brawl with a Horker, his screen coated in a purple haze. The mod is essentially a shitpost, but shitposts have formed an important ingredient of Skyrim's modding community for over a decade, such as the infamous Thomas the Tank Engine mods of yore, or a more recent mod that turns all dragons into the state of Ohio. It's simply tradition.