I have a BETTER bucket challenge for you.

19 Aug
Don't laugh - he's raising awareness.

Don’t laugh – he’s raising awareness.

I think it’s great how the Ice Bucket challenge has raised awareness of ALS. I’m glad people started clarifying that really, the thing to do is BOTH share a video of yourself getting iced AND donate to the cause.

That said, I’m kind of sick of seeing the videos in my newsfeed. With the exception of one college friend (go, Hoyt!) who attempted to re-enact his best dance moves to “Ice, Ice Baby” before getting drenched, there’s nothing really amusing about watching people (in the heat of August) suffer from a mild dousing.

I’d like to up the ante in TWO WAYS.

First, there’s a cause that’s near and dear to my heart (or my belly button, if we’re speaking in literal terms) that almost no one talks about: Crohn’s Disease. Perhaps that’s because the sufferers very often shit themselves. (Though actually, I don’t know – taking a flyer on that since it seems like most of my friends over 40 like to share similar stories without even the benefit of an official diagnosis.)

Second, I think there’s a better challenge to be had. Rather than dumping ice water over your head – which looks mildly refreshing in this August heat – I propose that to raise awareness for Crohn’s, you film yourself pouring some edible and biodegradable brown mixture (pudding? chocolate sauce?) down your shorts. Because unlike the non-existent connection between ice and ALS, there is a very real connection between food and Crohn’s – and messy pants.

Finally, because we need a hashtag to help this thing go viral, I’d like to abbreviate the challenge. Instead of calling it the way-too-lengthy, “Spreading Crohn’s Awareness Together Challenge,” we’ll just go with the much more tweetable SCAT Challenge. Or #scatchallenge if you will.

So who’s on board? Send me your videos or post and tag @pithy_pants so I can see your handiwork.

I’d do it myself – but I don’t have a yard… Seriously.

(Oh – and here’s where you can read about or donate to the cause.) 

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3 Responses to “I have a BETTER bucket challenge for you.”

  1. dianeskitchentable August 20, 2014 at 11:23 am #

    Excellent idea but I’m thinking it might not catch on. My daughter ran the Boston Marathon this year & a guy in front of her had a “situation” although she didn’t see him carrying any bottle of chocolate sauce. At least it made her put on a little extra speed and get up Heartbreak Hill in front of him.

    • pithypants August 20, 2014 at 6:37 pm #

      Congratulations to your daughter – that’s a great feat! I’m going to guess The Situation came up with a new name for Heartbreak Hill. Maybe the Slippery Slope?

  2. Barbara August 22, 2014 at 11:11 am #

    Ah, but you DO have access to a yard. I happen to know of one not too far from you in Fairfax County, and I’m sure the homeowner wouldn’t mind… 🙂

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