We are all familiar with the plague that has recently invaded Facebook. ALS Ice Bucket challenges are spreading awareness of the disease,
but only because of how annoying they are. I am a full supporter of the cause (donation part atleast)
but not of the videos of ice being poured on people’s heads. I feel like the majority of media I am absorbing on my Facebook feed is
Ice Bucket Challenges, and it has to stop.
While browsing the pages of Wired Magazine’s website, I came across this article.
Rhett Allen uses technical data and computation to figure out an estimation of how much the Ice Bucket Challenge really does
cost. Using data for how much ice production costs and how much ice is made to be used for the challenge, he came up with an
estimated $378,000 in electricity bills just to produce the ice. This cost doesn’t include the cost of the water (monetary and environmentally)
but I can assume that number is also quite large too. Imagine if they just donated all that money?!
I just find it interesting how viral trends grow so rapidly in a short amount of time. This month’s just happens to be the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.
At least it goes to a good cause…don’t get me started on the Harlem Shake.
Who here has done the actual ALS Ice Bucket Challenge?