POSTED BY News Ed ON Aug 20, 2014 AT 11:51 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 20, 2014 11:51 IST

Steven Spielberg, Justin Bieber and Bill Gates are among many celebrities pouring buckets of ice water over their heads and donating to fight Lou Gehrig's disease, in a fundraising effort that has gone viral.

Since June, several thousand people worldwide have recorded themselves getting drenched in ice cold water, then posted the stunt online and challenged others to do the same, or pledge USD 100 to ALS research.


Many have done both, in an effort has raise millions of dollars for the ALS Association, which combats amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease.

Some 30,000 Americans have ALS, which attacks the nervous system and eventually leaves victims paralysed.

The phenomenon started with Pete Frates, a one-time athlete in Boston whose struggle with ALS turned the Ice Bucket Challenge into a viral fundraising sensation.

 

In just weeks the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" has swelled into a global phenomenon, with dozens of stars getting wet: Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift, James Franco, Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez and Jon Bon Jovi are among them.



Politicians and sports figures went at it too, including New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and basketball superstar LeBron James.

Bare-chested English footballer David Beckham got in on the act, as did World Cup stars Neymar of Brazil and Argentina's Lionel Messi.

Normally reserved former US Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan can be seen gleefully dumping ice water over his wife, MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell.

Microsoft founder Bill Gates, recorded himself taking icewater to the head, responding to a challenge by Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.

Ethel Kennedy, the 86-year-old widow of senator Robert Kennedy, doused herself and challenged President Barack Obama to do the same. The world's most powerful man declined but promised a donation, according to the White House.



The charitable challenge's popularity has spread around the globe in recent days, particularly to Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and Germany.

Facebook said that between June 1 and August 17 more than 28 million people mentioned the challenge on the social network, and 2.4 million videos were posted.

Mashable.com. created this list of 50 celebrity Ice bucket videos.

(With inputs from PTI)

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POSTED BY News Ed ON Aug 20, 2014 AT 11:51 IST, Edited At: Aug 20, 2014 11:51 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 20, 2014 AT 02:03 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 20, 2014 02:03 IST

Twitter duo  @blippoblappo & @crushingbort who busted Buzzfeed recently are back in news, this time with the claim that one of the USA’s "most prominent journalists has a history of lifting material in his work across several major publications – despite public assurances from his employers that a previous plagiarism scandal was only an isolated incident."

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 20, 2014 AT 02:03 IST, Edited At: Aug 20, 2014 02:03 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 20, 2014 AT 01:55 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 20, 2014 01:55 IST

Siddharth Varadarajan, writing in NDTV.com reminds us that the Hurriyat leaders meeting Pakistanis is nothing new: PM's Pakistan Outreach Ends in Predictable Whimper:

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 20, 2014 AT 01:55 IST, Edited At: Aug 20, 2014 01:55 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 15, 2014 AT 20:08 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 15, 2014 20:08 IST

Jawaharlal Nehru, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, B.R. Ambedkar, Zakir Husain, Sardar Patel, Lord and Lady Mountbatten, and those terrible scenes of trains and refugees of Partition

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POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 15, 2014 AT 20:08 IST, Edited At: Aug 15, 2014 20:08 IST
POSTED BY Buzz ON Aug 15, 2014 AT 07:50 IST ,  Edited At: Aug 15, 2014 07:50 IST

Mr Modi's maiden Independence Day speech touched almost all the right rhetorical notes and he demonstrated once again that he is clearly one of the finest extempore speakers in Hindi in the country. In the end, even the cynics were left wishing that he should now walk the talk.

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