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terça-feira, 19 de agosto de 2014

The Ice Bucket Challenge.

Okay, here we are again. My next blog posts will probably be very short. That is, I will either post lesser then the previous week or there will be no posts at all.

TOO MANY PEOPLE AND ICE BUCKETS. No, that’s not a new short story or a name for a novel! It’s rather about the huge number of videos people have been publishing recently. Let me see if we are on the same page – If you have logged onto Facebook this week, chances are your newsfeed has been flooded with videos of people drenching themselves in ice water. Have you seen them? Were you wondering what the heck that was?

Seriously? Well, it’s all about The Ice Bucket Challenge. It is “an activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on one's head, which was started as a campaign to promote awareness of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)”. It gained widespread popularity in 2014.

P.s.: I also had a hard time trying to figure this ALS out. Luckily, I have finally found it on Wikipedia- Esclerose lateral amiotrófica.

I have showed my students some videos about the challenge, but I especially liked the ones with Mark Zuckerberg – the one that he nominates Bill Gate –, and Bill Gates’s answer. (You may want to watch both of them):

Mark Zuckerberg Ice Bucket Challenge   Nominates Bill Gate!   Official video:

Mark Zuckerberg:

“Yesterday, Governor Chris Christie challenged me to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.

I accepted his challenge, and now I'm challenging Bill Gates, Sheryl Sandberg and Reed Hastings next.

You guys have 24 hours to complete the challenge or you have to donate to the ALS foundation -- or both.

Finding ways to treat and cure ALS is an important cause. Find out more here: http://www.alsa.org”  

Bill Gates ALS Ice Bucket Challenge:

Bill Gates:

“Mark Zuckerberg challenged me to dump a bucket of ice water on my head to raise awareness for ALS.

I’m always up for a challenge.

Now I’m passing it on to On Air with Ryan Seacrest, Chris Anderson from TED, and Elon Musk. You have 24 hours…”

The rules are “within 24 hours of receiving a challenge, participants are to video record themselves in continuous footage. First, they are to announce their acceptance of the challenge followed by pouring ice into a bucket of water. The bucket is then to be lifted overhead and poured over the participant's head. After completion, the participant has the option of extend the challenge and to donate $10 to the ALS charity of their choice. Alternatively, they can decline the challenge, in which case they are encouraged to donate $100.”

Well, taking into account that students like challenges, I will challenge them. You don’t believe it, do you? Well, wait for my next video on the subject.

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