Lets file this under the stupidity category. We all want a Nintendo Wii, there is no denying it, despite it's lackluster graphics. However it is a lot of fun to play, and you can be anywhere from eight to eighty.
We all have a morning radio show in our home town that is what we call "Zoo Radio". Really high octane fun that is aimed at the 18 to 34 audience. According to the Associated Press a radio station in California pulled a contest that was stupid and deadly.
The contest was called "Hold your Wee for a Wii". Yeah you read that right. Well things didn't go so great. As a result of disregarding warnings from listeners and staff that the contest is dangerous, the D.J.'s of the show went along anyway.
With all the warnings a contestant lost her life. 28 year old Jennifer Strange was one of 18 contestants who were vying for a Wii. The gist of the contest was to see how much water the contestant could drink without going to the toilet. Strange dies due to water intoxication, which means she consumed to much water. Witnesses claim that she might have consumed as much as 7.6 liters of water,
Five hours later she was found dead in her Sacramento home. The Sacramento County coroner stated she had died of water intoxication.
"Drinking large quantities of water rapidly can throw off the bodies balance of electrolytes, causing brain swelling and leading to seizures, coma or even death."
Drinking large quantities of water rapidly can throw off the bodies balance of electrolytes, causing brain swelling and leading to seizures, coma or even death."
She was hoping to get the Wii for her two sons and daughter.
The station has obviously terminated the ten staff members responsible for the contest. One of the D.J's had the arrogance to say. "Well she signed the consent form". C'mon man, take a little responsibility for your actions.
It is really sad to see something like this happen. And the station responsible is COMPLETELY at fault in this bloggers eyes. On-Air personalities are not the only people who should be held responsible. The program director for one should be included as well as the promotions department who probably concocted this up. I am also going to pass a little blame on the victim. She and the the other contestants should think before doing something that could be a possible health risk. This has turned into a rant, but I wanted to get this off my chest. No game system is worth putting your life at risk.