Friday, January 19, 2007

What would YOU do for a Wii?

The Onion

Wii, Water, Death

A California woman died of water intoxication while trying to win a Nintendo Wii duting a radio station's water-drinking contest. What do you...

I'm trying to put into perspective of wanting something really bad to do something so stupid in order to get it.

I remember a contest where I was trying to win a Volkswagon Van and I had to keep my hand on it for 72 hours - oh wait. That was Kelso.....

9 comments:

jason said...

you can read on my blog what I've done to get one. the search continues fruitlessly.

Anonymous said...

I heard some of the audio from the contest. It was pretty creepy. Not to mention that she didnt even win the wii. So far the station has fired 10 people as of today and probably f=more to come.

Laura said...

I must be missing something... why are radio station people fired? I'm assuming it was a water drinking competition?!? Wouldn't you choose to do that? How would the reasonable, logical person know that some stupid lady is going to choke to death on her drinking water? That's like choking on your own saliva...

Anonymous said...

` Didn't she know, if you drink water, you just make Wii!
` Okay, now that was horrible.

` BTW, I'M BACK FROM MEXICO!!! I didn't die! But I did get a concussion today, and ow!

Anonymous said...

They had to have a scapegoat since a mother of two died in the contest. They couldn't vilify her; it would be cruel to her family. I heard some audio of a listener call in who was a nurse warning them someone could die. The DJs laughed it off and said everyone signed a waver, so it was fine. They're all morons and I bet it got good ratings....

Jade

Anonymous said...

The women in question that died was in fact herself a nurse. She didn't die form choking on the water. She died from Water Intoxication. The reason everyone involved with the show and probably low level management were fired is whats called a "controlled burn". When the parent company goes to court to fight against all the civil suits that will be involved they can show that they had no knowledge of the contest and they have shown that they have taken care of the problem and thus try to limit the amount of damage that a jury may want to inflict on the corporation. Also by firing everyone involved this makes each person have to get counsel on there own and fight for themselves individually.

Laura said...

Thank you for the explanation, Denny... very well done. I still think it's utterly stupid. The mere fact that each individual can file a counter claim makes it ridiculous for them to fire all of them. The more people you fire the larger the group that can sue. The fact that each participant signed a waiver (and the fact that the deceased was a nurse and knew much more than the average individual) makes them void of responsibility... or at least that is what I would argue. HOWEVER, the counter claim that the persons fired will file will be hard to dismiss. I am curious to see where it goes from here. You guys will have to keep me posted.

Anonymous said...

Wouldn't you think that people from the radio station think about the dangers about water intoxication when they have a competition on drinking water? that is like exactly how people overdose on E dies, too much water in their system.
The nurse should know better.
So it only takes a bit of stupidity from both sides..

Anonymous said...

I don't think people who overdose on E don't die from too much water in their systems. generally when you do E you get VERY thirsty and drink way too much water because you feel like you are dehydrated so then you get water intoxification from drinking what you percieve to be a little water but is actually a ton. Either way...don't do it much...spinal fluid is always a good thing!

Same idea with people who run marathons, they have to pace the amount of water they drink so they don't drink too much.

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