Pouring cold water on the act of pouring ice water

The latest sensation gone viral in the US is the Ice Bucket Challenge (Twitter:@IceBucketALS), http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ice_Bucket_Challenge.

The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one’s head or donating to the ALS Association in the United States. It went viral throughout social media during the Northern-Hemisphere summer of 2014.

The challenge dares nominated participants to have a bucket of ice water poured on their head. One common stipulation gives 24 hours from the time they are nominated to complete the dare; otherwise, the participant is asked to donate money to charity.

Celebrities and icons including Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Kobe Bryant and many more have taken the challenge and have helped millions of dollars towards Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease.

Good cause, successful and adults indulging in some fun.. All good, right..

Wrong.. There are some “reporters”, who feel that the challenge is about peer pressure and isn’t very noble. Like this TV report from an affiliate in Richmond, VA

http://www.wdbj7.com/news/local/is-ice-bucket-challenge-social-media-peer-pressure/27592996

I am not so sure, what is wrong with people. If you don’t want to dump ice water on your head, donate money.. It’s not extortion, as the report makes it sound.

Slate.com has a nice rebuttal article.  Here is a challenge for those who are twisted like a pretzel, because of the IceBucket Challenge..
 Proposing what is sure to be an unpopular alternative to the #icebucketchallenge. It’s called the no ice bucket challenge, and it works like this:

1. Do not fetch a bucket, fill it with ice, or dump it on your head.

2. Do not film yourself or post anything on social media.

3. Just donate the damn money, whether to the ALS Association or to some other charity of your choice. And if it’s an organization you really believe in, feel free to politely encourage your friends and family to do the same.

 

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