Unless you’ve been living under an e-rock, you’ve seen at least one Ice Bucket Challenge online this week. Maybe you’ve even done your own (in which case: yay you!)
For those who don’t know, the Ice-Bucket Challenge is a funds and awareness raising campaign for ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease). Participants record themselves dumping a bucket of ice water over their heads, and then nominate their friends. Nominees typically have 24 hours to complete the challenge, or donate $100 to the campaign (most people do both).
As these things sometimes do, the challenge has gone viral. It seems like everyone, and I mean everyone, has participated in one way or another. The list includes former president George W. Bush, Dave Grohl, and the Samsung Galaxy S5 (who aptly nominated their rival, the iPhone). It’s even a Halloween costume now.
Ice, Ice baby.
Did watching all those ice bucket videos inspire you to participate? Are you too lazy/busy/cool to run to the store and buy a bag of ice yourself? Do you wish you could have one delivered right now, to your door, at the push of a button?
It’s 2014, so you probably know that this is already possible.
Same day, and in some cases same hour, delivery of everything from groceries and electronics to clothing and alcohol, is already a reality for people living in most big cities in the USA. A writer for the Verge put the major providers of these services to the test, and it made for a pretty entertaining read. Imagine the possibilities!
Speaking of possibilities, there is now an Uber-style service, but for private jets. FINALLY.
Last, but definitely not least, I leave you with this wonderful, AND LOCAL, viral video du jour. They’re claiming that they made this advertisement bad on purpose, but I don’t know if I believe them. Either way, I love it.