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Ice Bucket Challenge: 17 of the best

The worlds best Ice Bucket Challenges
The worlds best Ice Bucket Challenges

If the past week has taught us anything, it’s that not one of us can avoid being nominated to take part in the viral Ice Bucket Challenge.

In case you’ve been living in a cave, the Ice Bucket Challenge emerged earlier this month to raise awareness for motor neurone disease. The rules are if you’re nominated, you have 24 hours to get yourself soaked in ice cold water and donate £3 to the cause. Or, you can chicken out and pay a £10 fine instead.

Thousands of people have taken part, including Scottish actor James McAvoy, First Minister Alex Salmond and almost the entire Caley Thistle football team!

But the internet has seen enough A-listers, B-listers and, well, Z-listers, drench themselves in freezing cold water; it’s time for those less high profile to have their five minutes of fame.

Scattered throughout the web are challenges with the funniest reactions and unforeseen consequences from non celebrities, and we’ve picked out 17 of the best.

On your marks, get set, soak!


We’re not even sure if this one counts. But so long as he’s donated to the cause, who are we to complain?


This one starts off quite cleverly. But it seems these young men have lessons to be learned.

Lesson one: Don’t ever refer to Queen Elizabeth as the Queen of England.

Lesson two: Don’t talk for too long before the challenge, the bucket carrier will get fed up and drench you early.


This guy doesn’t even get drenched, but he does get hit by the bucket. Does that count?


This one has to do it all by himself, but he does it well. 10/10


Despite the fact the chair broke mid attempt, he did fall into a pool of water, so we’re not going to ask that he does it again.


You can’t put an age limit on having fun. A big hats-off to this 102-year-old for taking part.


And the same goes for the young. But if you do this, remember to be safe and use a small bucket.


The girl on the right is so shocked by the cold she drops the bucket on her head. Fail.


Could you scream up a bit, Stef? We can’t quite hear you.


Warning: cold water can lead to excessive hopping in humans. Definitely our favourite reaction so far.


And in complete contrast to number ten, this guy didn’t even flinch. Bravo.


Ouch! This one is painful to even look at. Thankfully the lady wasn’t left with any injuries.


Did she nominate us? We didn’t quite catch that.

Note: It’s always wise to hold your list of nominees up to the camera long enough for them to actually read it.


And that reminds us, you need to actually tell them that they’re nominated. You never know, they might be H20 intolerant… what seemed like an act of charity could have an unfortunate outcome.


There’s no I in team. Go cheerleaders!


Never offer to soak your friend unless you’re strong enough to actually lift the bucket. It could backfire, very badly.


And this one hits home a little harder than the rest.

Michele Samuelson, who lost her mum to motor neurone disease, renders her experience the illness, explaining that the first thing her mother lost was her voice.

There’s currently no cure for the illness. Symptoms can be managed so those diagnosed can live the highest quality of life possible, but as Michelle explains, this often unaffordable, and that’s why awareness of the heartbreaking condition is so important.

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