The Ice Bucket Challenge is all the rage. The “challenge” is simple. Once challenged, you donate $100 or douse yourself with iced water, record it and pass the challenge on to others via social media. It all started with Pete Frates, a former baseball player at Boston College who has been living with ALS since 2012. He floated the idea and his former teammates, as well as other Boston-area athletes, who took him up on it. It was noticed and covered by local media and that attention, along with social media’s viral nature, launched it onto a much larger stage.
The campaign is clearly working. The ALS Association reports that it, and its 38 chapters, received $4 million in donations in just two weeks. Last year during that same time period, July 29-August 12, the association brought in $1.1 million. Great news for the 12,000 Americans who have the disease, which is devastating and ultimately fatal, and for their families and future generations. Learn more about ALS here.
We gathered the top 35 videos on the internet, some famous, some infamous, some just hilarious, ranging from 400 views to millions. For the worst of the worst, click here.
35. Team USA Basketball
34. P.K. Subban (NHL Player using dump truck)
33. Taylor Swift
32. US Navy Blue Angels
31. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook Founder)
30. Chris Christie (NJ Governor)
29. Conan O’Brien (talk show host)
28. Aaron Rodgers (Green Bay Packers)
27. Tom Coughlin (New York Giants Coach)
26. Gus Bradley (Jacksonville Jaguars Head Coach)
25. Jaguars Rookie Class (Blake Bortles)
24. Darius Rucker (singer, formerly of Hootie and the Blowfish)
23. Vince McMahon (wrestling promoter / owner)
22. Michelle Wie, Lexi Thompson, Rickie Fowler, Keegan Bradley and Ian Poulter
21. Roger Goodell (NFL Commissioner)
20. Houson Texas Cheerleaders
19. Robert Downey, Jr.
18. Keith Urban
17. Justin Bieber
16. Lebron James
15. Chris Pratt (Parks & Recreation star)
14. Dez Bryant and Tony Romo (Dallas Cowboys)
13. Blake Shelton, Adam Levine and Carson Daly (NBC’s the Voice)
12. Mickey Rourke
11. Lil Wayne
10. Oprah Winfrey – Big scream from Lady O.
9. Steven Spielberg
8. Zac Brown Band
7. Paul Bissonnette (glacier water dumped via helicopter)
6. The Nudist (Shrinkage)
5. Jimmy Fallon, Rob Riggle, Horatio Sanz, Steve Higgins, and The Roots
4. Matt Lauer
3. Justin Timberlake
2. Bill Gates
1. Ethel Kennedy and Kennedy family
Honorable Mention to my team:
And just in case the list of 35 wasn’t enough for you, here are some more of our favorites:
Dikembe Mutombo: This one is the best reaction yet.
University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Team
Houston Texans Cheerleaders
Iggy Azalea, “I’m so Icy”
Lady Gaga, and the award for creepiest ice bucket challenge ever goes to…
Kige Ramsey, most akward ice bucket challenge ever. I was excited to see Kige make national media with his ice bucket challenge, as he is a local celebrity in Kentucky.