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'Hold Your Wee for a Wii' Contest Killed Woman

'Hold Your Wee for a Wii' Contest Killed Woman

A 28-year-old mother of three, died last week after drinking more than two liters of water for a California radio station's "Hold your Wee for a Wii" contest, the Sacramento Bee reported. The purpose of the contest was apparently to see how much water contestants could drink without going to the bathroom.

According to the AP, two people that competed with the woman said they were never warned they were putting their health at risk. For the details on this tragic story,

The woman who died was one of about 18 participants who tried to win a Nintendo Wii gaming console early Friday. She was found dead several hours later, and the Sacramento County coroner said she died of water intoxication. The AP said that during the contest, participants were given two minutes to drink an 8-ounce bottle of water and then given another bottle to drink after a 10-minute break.

While we love the Wii, we can only frown on a radio station for using such inhumane tactics. This is a truly devastating story.

mrktmstr mrktmstr 9 years
Video game systems in general are not responsible. The prize could have been anything. I'd bet my iPod she would have done the same thing for a free car. It's an unfortuante event that resulted from a lack of education on water intoxication. There's no need to rationalize otherwise. Quote from Asia84"ppl are getting these game consuls for themselves, not their kids . . .it's pathetic" Don't generalize all adults as a pathetic for buying and playing video games. I work all day and then workout each afternoon. It's very unwinding, relaxing and FUN to play video games at night for me. Do you spend time on any extra activities, Asia? Do you watch TV, read books, work crossword puzzles, play monopoly, play scrabble? Would you call an adult pathetic for playing sports kids play? Give me a break...Don't be ignorant to activities others may like because you don't.
Asia84 Asia84 9 years
you know what? ppl are getting these game consuls for themselves, not their kids . . .it's pathetic; adults thirsty (no pun intended) for a video game . . .
Asia84 Asia84 9 years
too much of anything can kill you. dumb video game system. i've never care about video games. so this is absurd. if i can't buy it up front, then i dont want it. i don't like the extra hustle and bustle for things.
ohemgeemeganlee ohemgeemeganlee 9 years
I wonder if her kids go the Wii. That sounds horrible, but I mean, come on. She died. Her kid better have got the Wii.
Hanahin Hanahin 9 years
That's so sad :(
nettefairy nettefairy 10 years
I've seen this before. Instead of alcohol, some fraternities will have members guzzle crazy amounts of water. I think at least one person at my old college had died from this. It has to be a ridiculous amount of water in a small time frame. Not only that, but it's bad to hold your pee because it does bad things to your bladder and kidneys.
lickety-split lickety-split 10 years
the woman drank 2 gallons of water and finally decided to settle for second prize. the dj's had a phone in before the contest and a caller said "you know people can die from drinking too much water" and the 2 on air dj's joked about the fact that their legal team had each participant sign a waiver saying what the risks were so they were off the hook. after the contest she complained of feeling sick and the woman dj made more jokes. before the contest started there was also on air discussion of a college student in the area dying from water intoxication. everyone involved was irresponsible. i feel bad for the kids but honestly, there was no gun to her head.
elwmw elwmw 10 years
A few comments here. Look up Hyperhydration and Matt Carrington on wikipedia. There is lots of information about how water intoxication kills you, and about a prominent case (happened less than 100 miles away from the radio station) where a frat recruit died of water intoxication during hazing. The frat boys in that one were convicted of involuntary manslaughter... You can be perfectly healthy and still die of water intoxication from way less water than the woman drank. Wikipedia puts it at less than a gallon for a person on a normal diet - this woman drank almost two gallons. Even gatorade/electrolytes won't necessarily save you. To dreamsugar: listen to clips of the radio show at where the DJs joke about it being dangerous, and someone tells them you can die and they say, we know.
JessNess JessNess 10 years
Drinking so much water really messes up your system. Its like there is so much water in your system that your body cannot process it. A lot of frat houses do this were they have guys jug gallons of water. You are basically drowning your body and cells. And you throw off your electrolytes which is really bad. Jugging a large amount of anything is very harmful and very stupid
dreamsugar dreamsugar 10 years
Honestly -- I don't think the organizers for the contest knew that drinking water & holding your pee could kill -- I mean I had no clue that could happen - I only learned about water intoxication today and from this story (I know many of you are with me) -- I could totally see myself suggesting an idea like this for a contest not knowing the results could be dangerous -- I feel bad for all the parties involved - I really do. This is one tragic story and I hope at least the woman's family gets compensation for their loss.
tigerlily2007 tigerlily2007 10 years
shhh... this is why time at home should be spent teaching the value of a dollar, not the value of a glass of water! By the way, its all that bad luck coming back on the station for all those lies the pr told indie artists!
3Sweeties 3Sweeties 10 years
I just read that the radio station fired 10 people as a result. including the 3 morning dj's.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
Is she diabetic or maybe her kidneys aren't fully functioning? I can't imagine drinking so much water that it affects your heart unless there was some underlying issue. Of course, I'm paranoid and a borderline hypochondriac. :p The human body is weird.
cmarcou cmarcou 10 years
Mouse... Yeah, that was back in the 90's. Her doctor said "Drink more water." so she took it a bit far. Ironically she's back in having her appendix removed... Guess it goes full circle. ~Cath~
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 10 years
cmar -- really? I didn't know too much water could cause heart attacks. Is your mother alright now?
a-nonny-mouse a-nonny-mouse 10 years
I had never heard of water-intoxication before reading this story yesterday. (I didn't know she was a mother -- how terribly sad for her children.) :(
cmarcou cmarcou 10 years
Its mom had a heart attack from drinking too much water, but death? Maybe a part of the story is missing here... ~Cath~
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
8 ounces every 15 minutes, and the bottles got bigger as the contest progressed. On the one hand, I'm sad for her kids. On the other, she must not have been very bright.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
That is awful. I can't believe it. Her children are left motherless because she wanted to win a Wii for them. That's a terrible idea for a contest. :(
Amethyst Amethyst 10 years
I don't understand, there's gotta be more to this story. 8 ounces of water is not a lot. "Never argue with an idiot. They drag you down to their level and beat you with experience."
lovekailua lovekailua 10 years
wow...i thought it took more water than that to do that but i guess it was the rate at which she drank and all in one sitting?
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