5. This One Woman Died Because She Tried to Drink Tons of Water In Order To Win a Nintendo Wii
In 2006, a radio station was holding a contest to see how long people could drink large quantities water without having to urinate in order to win a Nintendo Wii. A rather ludicrous concept to begin with, these people were being broadcast over radio while drinking eight ounce bottles of water being handed to them every fifteen minutes. Apparently, a nurse even called into the station claiming that the stunt was potentially fatal. Too bad no one listened to her, as the men at the radio station continued to push the contest. Unfortunately, one of the women drank too much water and died following the contest. Who would participate in a water binging contest, of all things?
4. A Devoted Independent Filmmaker Posted Over Four Hours Of Completely Genius Film Criticism of Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III on YouTube While Pretending to Be a Misogynistic Kidnapper
In what might be considered the most insanely hilarious yet thoughtful and entertaining film criticism of all time, Mike Stoklasa, head of the independent film company Red Letter Media, posted well over four hours of verbal commentary about George Lucas’ Star Wars Episodes I-III, completely shattering any shred of positive reputation left in the Star Wars series. Interesting points from his criticisms include an interesting thought about “the force; ”in The Phantom Menace, young Anakin is told that the force is made up of “midichlorions,” tiny particles that make the force happen. Stoklasa absolutely rips this explanation of the force, stating that it destroys the original Star Wars’ intentions of making the force seem like a spiritual, non-physical force meant to be utilized for good. While posting his commentary, he makes strange allusions to being a misogynist 100+ year-old kidnapper. Check out the first part of the criticism above.
3. Kanye West Posed as Jesus Christ On the Cover of Rolling Stone Magazine
There are so many outrageous Kanye West moments you could put in any top ten list, but this one seems to take the cake. In 2006, Kanye West posed on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine wearing a crown of thorns on his head: yikes Kanye! Without surprise, religious zealots throughout the world criticized Kanye for his antics, and so began a long career of fame, fortune, and several scenes of Kanye comparing himself to people like God, Jesus, not to mention a video suggesting he falls in love with an angel from heaven.
2. Some Random Dude Won On the Game Show Jeopardy Seventy-Four Times In a Row, Winning Over One Million Dollars
In the early 2000s, Jeopardy lifted its previous ruling that a candidate could not be on the show for more than five consecutive appearances, even if they won every single game. Shortly thereafter, a random guy named Ken Jennings won 74 Jeopardy games in a row, losing on the very final question on the 75th game to Nancy Zerg. He has since become a minor celebrity worldwide, selling trivia and Jeopardy themed products to people all over the world. I have read in some sources that Ken Jennings answered over 6,000 questions correctly during his Jeopardy tenure, a phenomenal amount of trivia for any human normal or outrageous.
1. An Influential Evangelist Made Millions Upon Millions of People Actually Believe the Rapture Was Coming, and His Sponsoring Radio Station Spent Over $100,000,000.00 Promoting the Message
In 2011, evangelist and radio broadcaster Harold Camping actually convinced millions upon millions of people that the Rapture was coming. Some 300 parishioners had actually sold everything they owned, while thousands upon thousands of others gave up their jobs, purportedly stopped paying for their children’s college funds, and spent a great deal of time and money promoting Harold Camping’s message. Atheists, multitudes of Christian churches, and other groups harshly attacked Camping’s words, words that claimed the rapture was to take place on May 21, 2011.
When the Rapture did not occur, Camping and his many followers had collectively lost well over $110,000,000.00. I mean come on, the things people do.