Earlier today, I made the offhand comment on Twitter that someone should make a masterpost of all the videos that have been made by those participating in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
I should have known better.
Mere moments later, I received a response from our Editor-In-Chief, Erika Rivera. The tweet said, “consider that your job from now on”.
Many, many hours later and I am no closer to completing that task than I was when the message was received. It’s not that I’ve been sitting around doing nothing, far from it. Sure there was a brief moment when I had to retrieve my son from school, and then a few moments later on when dinner needed to be started, but I have been here, on the Internet, trolling Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube and WhoSay like a woman possessed.
The thing is, there’s just so darn many of them, and new ones popping up all the time, that I fear my mission is uncompleteable (I may have made that word up).
Since I’m certainly not the type of person to quit, I have amended my earlier musings and have instead decided to create a list of my personal favourites, the ones that seem to be the most talked about, as well as a few randoms along the way. Of course there are others out there, because like I said, I just couldn’t get them all.
There is no rhyme or reason for the list, it’s not a best to worst or a most viewed to least, it is simply a compilation of posts to watch and enjoy.
Before you launch headfirst into the videos I’d like to take a moment to explain just what exactly ALS and the Ice Bucket Challenge are.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) (or motor neurone disease – MND – as it is generally known around the world) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord. Motor neurones reach from the brain, to the spinal cord and throughout the muscles of the body. As the degenerative nature of the disease’s name suggests, over time these motor neurones deteriorate and eventually die, and once that happens the brain loses the ability to control muscle function. Without the use of their muscles, ALS patients may become completely paralysed.
ALS can strike anyone and there is no known cure.
The idea of the Ice Bucket Challenge is to raise awareness and funds for the ALS Association (ALSA), a non-profit organisation that offers assistance for sufferers as well as provides much needed funds for research, care services, public education and public policy.
People all around the world are challenging their friends to dump a bucket load of water over their heads on camera. If they are nominated and chicken out, they are then required to donate to the ALSA. Once the celebrities started getting involved, the whole #ALSIceBucketChallenge thing took on a life of its own, with famous folk not only dousing themselves, but also donating huge dollars to the cause.
In a press statement from the ALSA, donations so far for the period of July 29 to August 18 sit at $15.6 million. Compared to $1.8 million during the same period of time last year. Talk about a massive increase!
If you are in a position to make a donation, head over to to The ALS Association donation’s page and while you’re at it, why not nominate a friend or two… Y’know, for the laughs.
Now that you know why everyone is doing what they’re doing, it makes watching the videos just that little bit more… substantial.
As you scroll through the list you may note the absence of three names in particular that have been nominated, but as yet have failed to complete the challenge. They are Darren Criss, Chris Colfer and Benedict Cumberbatch… The world is waiting, gentlemen.
Let the video’s begin!
Robert Downey Jr.
— Robert Downey Jr (@RobertDowneyJr) August 16, 2014
Ashton Kutcher, Wilmer Valderrama and Dax Shepard
— Mark Salling (@MarkSalling) August 14, 2014
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