If you haven’t heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge yet, well, chances are you have no access to the internet — and you don’t watch the news. Or read a newspaper. Or have social interaction with other human beings.
The Ice Bucket Challenge has become certainly one of the most widespread internet memes in the history of internet memes. If you are one of those socially and digitally isolated people, here’s the basics: the idea is, you dump a bucket of ice water over your head and post a video of said act of self-abuse to YouTube, or donate money to ALS research. Preferably both.
ALS, or amyotrophic lateral sclerosis better known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, is a devastating degenerative neuromuscular illness. The most famous current ALS sufferer would certaibnly be 71-year-old physicist and author Stephen Hawking, who has survived with the disease for more than 50 years. Most ALS patients are given an expected survival of two to five year after diagnosis.
Celebrities from Britney Spears to Kate Upton, Lady Gaga to Dr. Dre have all taken the Ice Bucket Challenge. But celebrities are far from the only people who participate. Plenty of just plain folks have also taken the Ice Bucket Challenge — with varying results.
If you enjoy slapstick, you’ll definitely laugh at this compilation video of mostly failed and otherwise botched attempts at the Ice Bucket Challenge, all by regular people just like you and me.
We won’t give away any of the gags in this reel. Suffice to say, the object of the Ice Bucket Challenge is to pour the ice water over your head, not hit yourself in the head with the ice bucket.