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The anatomy of an ALS Ice Bucket Challenge video

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Infographic
By Eric Sandler

It happened. You were at work or in class or maybe even shopping for groceries when you got the type of burning Facebook notification that seems to jump out of your pocket -- or maybe that's just every kind. Let's be honest though, you knew it was coming. You've seen friends, family members and even that guy you're not totally sure you've ever even met on your timeline doing it.

It came with a snarky message too: "And now I will nominate three people: John, it's your turn to cool off a bit. Christine, it's got to be pretty hot out there in Texas. And my daughter Emma, you always knew you were my favorite, right? You all have 24 hours to get to it!"

Now you really have no choice but to make a video or else risk seeming like a heartless monster who doesn't care one bit about helping to find a cure for ALS (and we know that's just not you, so don't worry). Here are a few pro tips and inspiration points to get you started on your ALS Ice Bucket Challenge journey ...

Bucket of Ice Water

Everyday Heroes:
The Solo
The Group
The Surprise Proposal
The Fail
The Overachiever
The Dog

How The Celebs Did It:
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
The George W. Bush
Challenged By: "Several Americans"
Nominated: Bill Clinton
Famous Last Words: "I do not think it is presidential to be splashed with ice water."

2014 Tribeca Film Festival - Vanity Fair Party
The Anna Wintour
Challenged By: Bee Shaffer
Nominated: Roger Federer, Dominic West
Famous Last Words: "Ahhhhhh!!!!!!"

LeBron Homecoming Basketball
The LeBron James
Challenged By: DJ Steph Floss, Brandon Williams, Kevin Durant, Kevin Hart
Nominated: LeBron Jr., Bryce Maximus, President Barack Obama
Famous Last Words: "Eh ... ah ... ahhhhhh!!!!!!"

Australia Muppet Movie Premier
The Kermit the Frog
Challenged By: Vince McMahon
Nominated: Tina Fey, Ricky Gervais, Ty Burrell
Famous Last Words: "I am, to the best of my knowledge, the first to do it absolutely ... naked."

Photo of Will SMITH
The Will Smith
Challenged By: Unclear
Nominated: Jay Z and Beyoncé ... at the same time
Famous Last Words: "There's ice in there, so don't like slam it on my head."

Premiere Of HBO Documentary Films'
The Oprah Winfrey
Challenged By: Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Tyler Perry
Nominated: Steven Spielberg, Manish Dayal, Dame Helen Mirren
Famous Last Words: "I am ready for the ice now."

The Gwyneth Paltrow
Challenged By: Unclear
Nominated: Chris Martin, Cameron Diaz, Stella McCartney
Famous Last Words: [Loud screeches ...]

Britain Edge Of Tomorrow World Premiere
The Tom Cruise
Challenged By: Hugh Jackman
Nominated: Adam Goodman, David Ellison, Brad Grey
Famous Last Words: "Hit it."

BuzzFoto Celebrity Sightings In Los Angeles - June 26, 2012
The Katy Perry
Challenged By: HelloGiggles, Allison Williams, Steve Tisch
Nominated: Madonna,
Famous Last Words: [Silence ...]

MLS Playoffs - Seattle Sounders FC v Los Angeles Galaxy - 2nd Leg
The David Beckham
Challenged By: Ryan Seacrest
Nominated: Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Leonardo DiCaprio
Famous Last Words: [Anxious laughter ...]

2014 Summer TCA Tour - Day 3
The Dave Grohl
Challenged By: Zac Brown
Nominated: Jack Black, John Travolta, Steven King
Famous Last Words: [Cue dramatic orchestral interlude ...]

Wilmer Valderrama and MTV Present the Premiere Party for
The Ashton Kutcher and Wilmer Valderrama
Challenged By: Topher Grace
Nominated: Jon Cryer, Robert Rodriguez
Famous Last Words: "This is '70s ice, so it's colder than normal ice."

The Bill Gates
Challenged By: Mark Zuckerberg
Nominated: Elon Musk, Ryan Seacrest, Chris Anderson
Famous Last Words: "I'm here to join the people bringing attention to Lou Gehrig's Disease!"

Late Night with Seth Meyers - Season 1
The Patrick Stewart
Challenged By: N/A
Nominated: N/A
Famous Last Words: Just watch the video ...

John Mayer Performs At O2 Arena In London
The John Mayer
Challenged By: Jason Becker
Nominated: Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth
Famous Last Words: "Jason, this one's for you and everybody suffering from ALS -- let's end it."

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Greg August 25 2014 at 10:10 AM

Is this entertainment? I thought people were supposed to be evolving to be smarter, not dumbing down!

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PowellTreeCare Greg August 27 2014 at 12:49 PM

Take it light, Greg.

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chigpot August 25 2014 at 10:39 AM

I hope this fad dies out soon.

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cla.connie August 25 2014 at 10:17 AM

How many of these publicity seeking ho's have actually put their names on a check?

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Gracie GirL cla.connie August 25 2014 at 3:41 PM


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John August 25 2014 at 10:48 AM

This ice bucket challenge is a mockery to all the Americian people in the five states that have a water shortage. And all the money collected should go to the people of these five states and everyone who takes this challenge marked as Anti- Americian.

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PowellTreeCare John August 27 2014 at 12:51 PM

Geez. John. Cranky much?

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bemystic11 John August 27 2014 at 8:15 PM

Thank you for your honesty. For me, it's not only a blatant disregard and apathy towards the water crisis we face now and which will continue to grow; but also it flies in the face of so many other diseases that affect a significantly portion of the population but which are underfunded; and the fact most of the people participating in this are doing so because it's a "cool fad", the celebrities get headlines, and very few, except the families involved, care about ALS.

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dollie August 25 2014 at 12:28 PM

benedict cumberbacht was the first one i heard of doing it totally naked.

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vanclaybor August 25 2014 at 10:09 AM

fill your bathtub with cold tap water, and see how long you can stay in it

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roseyoungstewart vanclaybor August 25 2014 at 2:07 PM

you'd die in about an hour from hypothermia.

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crooztime1 August 25 2014 at 12:23 PM

This should make me laugh but it doesn't. This bucket challenge was created for a good cause. AND, THIS PAGE IS SPEWED WITH HATE AND NEGATIVITY. Instead of the spewed hatred, why don't all of you create or start something that raises 1/4 of the money this one did? NAH, it's easier to hate.

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Aissa2 August 25 2014 at 11:47 AM

This quickly has become a joke. When you don't know whether dumping a bucket of water over your head actually means money was given or whether simply giving money to the cause translates to some help, we have a problem. I think this is simply some stupid act these folks obviously have TIME and ICE WATER they want to expel, and it does not cost them anything. I would rather they donate the money and stop with the stupidity.

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Gracie GirL Aissa2 August 25 2014 at 3:43 PM

Any thing for another 15 minutes of fame or FB time or Twitter Time for the who's who of Holly wood Eletists. Stupid and could be dangerous but there to dumb and face time means more ~

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turtlemanconnorb Gracie GirL August 26 2014 at 12:03 AM

You call them dumb, and while doing so, misspell anything, Hollywood, elitists, and they're. That's hysterical, in a pathetic sort of way.

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Donna August 25 2014 at 11:14 AM

Who gives a rat's ass...

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waphotomn August 25 2014 at 11:45 AM

Crazy People

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