Last week in Sacramento, California, a 28-year-old mother of two lost her life after participating in a contest to win a free playstation. Jennifer Strange was trying to win a Nintendo Wii game console for her kids in a contest called “Hold Your Wee for a Wii”, sponsored by Sacramento radio station KDND. The winner would be the one to drink the most water without a bathroom break. Ms. Strange drank two gallons of water in three hours. A few hours later she was discovered dead in her home – drinking too much water can radically alter the body’s chemistry and cause brain swelling.
The radio station took the morning program off the air and suspended 3 DJs involved with the contest.
I don’t know how to respond to this one. I think that people have a poor sense of what their bodies are capable of and/or are oblivious to the old saw “everything in moderation”. People are so used to the idea of “super sizing”everything that they have lost the concept of limits in their lives.
I also blame some of this carelessness on the movies and television shows where we consistently see people falling off buildings, getting in car crashes, getting beaten up, etc and walking away unharmed. I think maybe it instills a false sense of the body’s capabilities and maybe encourages people to think they can get away with things that in real life would severely injure or kill them.
How very sad for the family she left behind.