“I’m simply going to write you a check,” Bush declared, moments before Laura Bush
emptied a white laundry bucket over his head.

After he recovered from the frosty deluge, he called for his White House predecessor to
step up to the bucket.

“Now it’s my privilege to challenge my friend Bill Clinton to the ALS challenge.
Yesterday was Bill’s birthday and my gift to Bill is a bucket of cold water.”

President Clinton’s team did not respond to a request for comment.

Later Wednesday morning, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) also took part in the effort, at the
urging of his friends at the Second Baptist Church in Houston.
Laura Bush emptied a white laundry bucket over
her husband's head to raise money for ALS
research. Now the 43rd President wants Bill
Clinton to join him, after President Obama
refrained from taking part and chose instead to
write a check.

George W. Bush took a chilly one for charity.

With the help of his wife and daughter, W. was
doused with ice water to raise money for ALS
research and now he wants Bill Clinton wants
follow suit.

Bush’s daughter, “Today” show correspondent
Jenna Bush Hager, staged the stunt with her
mom, Laura Bush, giving Bush an icy baptism
on the NBC show Wednesday morning.

But the shower came after the President’s initial

“To you all that challenged me, I do not think it’
s presidential for me to be splashed with ice
water,” he said, after President Obama opted
out of participating in the viral effort even after
the Kennedy clan called on him to take part.

“His contribution to this effort will be
monetary,” the White House said of Obama on
Aug. 13.

Man behind ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
dies after drowning aged 27

Comments from Our Readers
One celebrity who participated in the challenge was Matt Lauer. Evidently this fund-
raising challenge has been continued this year, too.

Thanks again for a fun quiz!
The Fearless, Fabulous Fletcher Sisters
Grace Hertz and Mary Turner
Perhaps we would all have been better off if she had done this to knock some sense
into him before he got us into two wars in the Middle East.

Anyway, thousands of other people have taken the ice bucket challenge as well.
Roger Lipsett
Television anchor Matt Lauer brought the challenge to national attention when he
took it on July 15, 2014.
Margaret Paxton
A plethora of people, and non-people, took the challenge. One is Kermit the Frog.

Good quiz, Colleen.
Charlie Wayne
A brilliant fun charity campaign that got lots of attention during hot weather.
Judy K Pfaff
I just saw Kim Kardashian get the ice bucket poured on her by Ellen DeGeneres.

Barbara Battles
Famous people that did it: Barack, Oprah, Kobe Bryant and Jim Kiser did it. George
Bush challenged Clinton.
Jim Kiser
My sister-in-law accepted the ice bucket challenge. Actor Neil Patrick Harris
accepted the challenge as well.
Tynan Peterson
This was just way too easy.
Ellen Welker
One answer to part 3.: Most of my in-laws under 70.
Collier Smith
My father-in-law, Harold George Brilmyer, died of ALS on his 80th birthday, March
29, 2000. He died less that one year after his diagnosis.
Tom Collins
I think that the anticipation of the freezing water being dumped on me would be
worse than the actual experience of feeling the ice cold water on my body.
Grace Hertz
I looked for a list of those who have taken the challenge

I was surprised and impressed (but, in retrospect, shouldn' have been) that Stephen
Hawking is on the list.  But my favorite part of the list is the non-human section

      Cookie Monster
      Hooper, Detroit Pistons mascot
      Kermit the Frog
      Kumamon (mascot)
      Annoying Orange
      Sam the Minuteman, UMass Amherst mascot [564]
      Samsung Galaxy S5
      Homer Simpson

I keep thinking I need to make a donation without doing the challenge but I haven't  
yet.  Maybe this my motivation.
Milene Rawlinson
I remember reading somewhere that the ice bucket challenge was designed to give
people the sensation of nerve pain, a symptom of ALS, but the celebrity storm that
was last summer's ice bucket challenge brigade seemed to lose its definition. I
guess it doesn't matter if it ultimately raised money for ALS research.
Tynan Peterson
I don't know if I'd do the freezing water, frankly, no matter what cause.  I can't
stand cold.  I would not do too well in Canada! - Q. Gen.
You really need to visit here in the summer! Banff, Jasper, Calgary Stampede,
Crowsnest pass.  If you decide to come up let me know.

It was so hot this year we stayed inside most of the time.  Our homes are designed
with lots of insulation and high efficiency furnaces to keep us warm in the winter,
and our clothes are heavier than what you wear down there.

I would not do the ice bucket challenge.  That is not for the faint heart and no I don’
t like cold either.  So, we are going on a Caribbean cruise on November and may go
somewhere in the new year.  We can always go to Phoenix and spend time.  The
exchange rate as it is now is not conducive to travelling in the US.

I remember that plane crash well.  Horrendous.  People are dying at Harrison Lake
in BC because the water is so cold It is Glacial water! and I guess people just hop
Winnifred Evans
Everyone was doing the ALS challenge last summer and it raised millions for ALS.  
The challenge was take the bucket of ice water or contribute so there were lots of
people who would rather pay than take the bucket.
Betty Chambers
This was easy, although I admit to not immediately recognizing the grisle-haired
man in the pic clipped from the video But
"ice bucket" reveals all.

ALS ...first came to public notice via sufferer Lou Gehrig, but the person most
identified with it today surely has to be Stephen Hawking in the UK (whose three
children took the challenge).  

In another creepy instance of the quiz anticipating the universe, Hawking is in the
news this week in regard to solving a black hole mystery
Megan Neilsen
Hawking probably waited for this quiz to make his announcement. - Q Gen.
Of course he did!
Megan Neilsen
George W. Bush takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge,
dares Bill Clinton to follow
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Answer to Quiz #489- August 23, 2015
1.  What was the date this photo was taken?
2.  Who is holding the bucket?
3.  Why is this happening?  Name someone else who did the same thing.
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You can find this photo on,
but the quiz will be a lot more fun if you solve the puzzle on your own.
1.  August 20, 2014
2. Former first lady Laura Bush.
3.  For the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS.  See below for other participants

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Tynan Peterson                Arthur Hartwell
Ellen Welker                Winnifred Evans
Collier Smith                Janice Sellers
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How Collier Solved the Puzzle
I almost gave up because I couldn't figure out who the man was (my
guesses didn't garner any hits on Google). Then I decided to
try a generic "ice bucket challenge man in black t-shirt" but that
didn't seem to work either. Just before quitting, I looked one page
down on the google results, and spied your pic:

Collier Smith
Corey Griffin, 27, had helped the campaign become an internet
sensation after watching his friend Peter Frates struggle with motor
neurone disease.

On Friday night, Mr Griffin had called his father to share his joy over
the astonishing amount raised by the social media campaign.

But, tragically, just hours later on Saturday, Mr Griffin died after
diving into the ocean from a building on Straight Wharf in Nantucket,

His father, Robert Griffin, told The Boston Globe: "He was the
happiest guy in the world.

"He called me… and told me he was in paradise."

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge began in America and has since seen
celebrities from across the world soaked with ice cold buckets of
water to raise money for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)

Corey's father said his son was tortured by his Mr Frates' ordeal with
the disease and had urged him to come visit his friend during their call.

“He was so happy to be able to help him," Mr Griffin added.

"He cared about everybody else. He will be missed."

Paying tribute to his "good friend" on his Facebook page on Sunday,
Mr Frates wrote: "Team FrateTrain lost a good friend today, Corey

"Helping out was nothing new for Griff. He held his own event for
me back in 2012, just a few months after diagnosis. We texted
everyday, planning and scheming ways to raise funds and plan events.

"He worked his butt off these last few weeks for ALS."

Described as a "fun-loving, athletic, and generous young man", Mr
Griffin leaves behind his younger brother Michael, 25, and his sister,
Casey, 23.

According to police officials, an off-duty Nantucket lifeguard, Colin
Perry - who happened to be working nearby - made several rescue
dives and recovered Mr Griffin from the bottom of the harbour.

Despite resuscitation attempts, Mr Griffin was pronounced dead at
Nantucket Cottage Hospital at 3am on Saturday.

Mr Griffin was instrumental behind the charity challenge, which has
seen celebrities including David Beckham, Cheryl Cole, Lady Gaga,
Justin Bieber and Simon Cowell take part in the ice cold deed.

Former US president George W. Bush became the latest to take a
soaking today.

Despite saying he didn't think it was "presidential" and instead, would
prefer to write a cheque, the former First Lady Laura Bush changed
that plan.

In a video posted on Mr Bush's Facebook page, Mrs Bush excitedly
dowses her husband in ice cold water, before saying: “That cheque is
for me. I don’t want to ruin my hairstyle."

Nominated by his daughter, NBC news correspondent Jenna Bush
Hager, and golfer Rory McIlroy, Mr Bush then made his very own

"It’s my privilege to challenge my friend, Bill Clinton, to the ALS
challenge," he said.

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, made
popular in the U.S. in June, has raised
$22.9 million so far for amyotrophic lateral
sclerosis — which is also known as Lou
Gehrig's disease.

Scores of celebrities, including Rob Ford,
Bill Gates and multiple Hollywood stars,
have also taken the challenge.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz
takes the challenge.
The date is August 20, 2014, or at least that is the date the video went out on the NBC
Today show.  From the interview that day with Jenna Bush Hager at
it sounds as though the bucketing occurred
somewhere in the previous week.

The Today show goes out in the morning but from the shadows in the clip of the
Bushes, it does not look as though it was shot particularly early in the day (and if you
had to do it, you'd surely choose a warm part of the day). Nor does the Today show
appear to be running a "live" shoot of the occasion.  

So I reckon the date is somewhere between August 13 (when President Obama decided
to send a check instead, an example that George W tried to follow) and August 20,
2014 when the video was aired. But contrary to that, and in support of the August 20
date, are the lines at the above site saying:

"After he recovered from the frosty deluge, he called for his White House predecessor
to step up to the bucket.

'Now it’s my privilege to challenge my friend Bill Clinton to the ALS challenge.
Yesterday was Bill’s birthday and my gift to Bill is a bucket of cold water.'"

Clinton's birthday is August 19.

Megan Neilsen


That kind of leaves us with an anachronism.  How could Bush be dowsed that early
in the morning and then get it all edited for TV in time for that program?  My guess
is that he may have just said it was Clinton's birthday the day before, knowing the
clip would be aired on August 20.  I am suspicious about Bush not knowing what
was going to happen, too.  It just seems too set-up. - Q. Gen.
Remarks from the Quizmaster General

I am reminded of Florida Flight 90 that crashed into the Potomac
River in Jan 1982  There were a couple of guys who jumped in and
tried to save some of the survivors.  I have always asked my self if I
could do that.  I don't know. You never know what you will do until
you are in an emergency like that.inded of Florida Flight 90 that
crashed into the Potomac River in Jan 1982  There were a couple of
guys who jumped in and tried to save some of the survivors.  I have
always asked my self if I could do that.  I don't know. You never
know what you will do until you are in an emergency like that.
- Q. Gen
I hear you about the freezing water, but I think when we are in life
and death situations our adrenaline kicks in and we are not
necessarily thinking things through as we would under normal
circumstances. I also think that when our adrenaline is pumping at
full capacity we are unable to feel anything and that might include
extreme hot or freezing cold. We simply throw ourselves into
whatever the situation may be and realize later how risky an action
we took might have been (if we're lucky).  Unfortunately, Arland D.
Williams Jr. was not that lucky, he succumbed to the freezing water
- poor guy!  He was a great man who helped complete strangers in
their time of need; when they were most vulnerable, and he did it
without question.  One can easily judge the measure of a man by the
way he treats the least of his brothers and Arland Williams was off
the scales in my book due to his profound love of humanity!  
Cindy Costigan
So true.  And of course the adrenaline of a rescue attempt would
not let you feel the cold for awhile. I like the cold, but not ice water
on my whole body!
Debbie Johnson
I remember that well too.  My Sister and Brother in law lived up
there and we were fearful for them for a few hours.  Who knows
how we would react. You would definitely be risking your life to
save another.
Betty Chambers
We lived in D.C. at that time. That was a very odd and disturbing
day. We did some work at the time for a company that had seven of
its executives on that plane, and the company was never the same.
Roger Lipsett
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Analysis by Megan Neilsen
The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
The Ice Bucket Challenge, sometimes called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, is an
activity involving dumping a bucket of ice water on someone's head to promote
awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou
Gehrig's Disease) and encourage donations to research. It went viral on social media
during July–August 2014. In the US, many people participate for the ALS Association,
and in the UK, many people participate for the Motor Neurone Disease Association,
although some individuals have opted to donate their money from the Ice Bucket
Challenge to other organizations.

The challenge encourages nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice
water poured on their heads and then nominating others to do the same. A common
stipulation is that nominated participants have 24 hours to comply or forfeit by way of a
charitable financial donation.

On 1 August 2015, the ALS Association re-introduced the Ice Bucket Challenge for
2015 to raise further funds with the intention of establishing it as an annual occurrence.


The Ice Bucket Challenge has been a successful campaign. Its combination of
competitiveness, social media pressure, online narcissism, and low barriers to entry
have led to more than 2.4 million tagged videos circulating Facebook. Even though 40–
50% of the new donors are likely to make one-time gifts only, the Challenge instigated
large numbers of people, videos, and donations. The challenge also benefits from a
unique balance of mass interest and individual identification. In using social media as its
platform, it accessed many people worldwide; in having its participants individually
identify potential candidates – calling them out by “tagging” them – it felt personal.
Furthermore, the videos are often entertaining. Some celebrities have indulged in longer
videos to name-drop, show off their vacations, their homes, their humility, and some
even advocate for their own organizations. The average participants keep their videos
under a minute,[citation needed] requiring limited commitment from any viewers.
Another concept the Challenge benefited from is its ripple effect, inspiring features for
articles, such as The Guardian‍ '​s "10 More of the Best Celebrity Takes on the Ice
Bucket Challenge." Despite its marketing success, critics suggest that the ease of
repeating the challenge's spiel do not increase awareness of what the disease actually
does and who it is so harmful to.

The success of the challenge prompted the Muscular Dystrophy Association, which
also raises funds to combat ALS, to discontinue its long-running annual telethon, the
MDA Show of Strength, after the 2014 edition, stating that the Ice Bucket Challenge
prompted the MDA to reevaluate how it can connect with the public.


Within 24 hours of being challenged, participants must record a video of themselves in
continuous footage. First, they are to announce their acceptance of the challenge
followed by pouring ice into a bucket of water. Then, the bucket is to be lifted and
poured over the participant's head. Then the participant can nominate a minimum of
three other people to participate in the challenge.

Whether people choose to donate, perform the challenge, or do both varies.

In one version of the challenge, the participant is expected to donate $10 if they have
poured the ice water over their head or donate $100 if they have not. In a UK version,
people who perform the challenge donate £3 and those who do not perform it pay £10.
In another version, dumping the ice water over the participant's head is done in lieu of
any donation, which has led to some criticisms of the challenge being a form of
"slacktivism". Many participants donate $100 in addition to doing the challenge.
Supporting personal causes

Some participants who performed the challenge have donated to charities of their
choice. This version, while not widely practiced, is generally accepted as a challenge


In mid-2014, the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral on social media, particularly in the
United States, with people, celebrities, politicians and athletes posting videos of
themselves online and on TV participating in the event. According to The New York
Times, people shared more than 1.2 million videos on Facebook between June 1 and
August 13 and mentioned the phenomenon more than 2.2 million times on Twitter
between July 29 and August 17. Mashable called the phenomenon "the Harlem Shake of
the summer".

Prior to the challenge, public awareness of the disease amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
(ALS) was relatively limited; the ALS Association stated that prior to the challenge
going viral only half of Americans had heard of the disease, often referred to as "Lou
Gehrig's disease", after the famous baseball player Lou Gehrig, who publicly revealed
his diagnosis in 1939.

After the Ice Bucket Challenge went viral on social media, public awareness and
charitable donations to ALS charities soared. Hits to the English Wikipedia's article on
amyotrophic lateral sclerosis grew from an average of 163,300 views per month to
2.89 million views in August 2014, and similar increases occurred in the Spanish and
German Wikipedias. Within weeks of the challenge going viral, The New York Times
reported that the ALS Association had received $41.8 million in donations from July 29
until August 21. More than 739,000 new donors have given money to the association,
which is more than double the $19.4 million the association received during the year
that ended January 31, 2013. On August 29, the ALS Association announced that their
total donations since July 29 had exceeded $100 million. The ALS Association is just
one of several ALS-related charities that have benefited from the challenge:
Additional Funding
ALS Association
ALS Society of Canada
Motor Neurone Disease Association
ALS Therapy Development Institute
ALS Foundation Netherlands
Project ALS
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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Celebrity Participants and Nominees
List of Ice Bucket Challenge participants