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Posted on Jan 16, 2007
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A mother of three in California has died of water intoxication after participating in a local radio station contest. Participants competed by drinking large quantities of water without urinating in an effort to win a Nintendo Wii video game system.

If ever there was confirmation that America’s consumerism is out of control, this is it.


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Fellow contestant James Ybarra said: “They were little half-pint bottles, so we thought it would be easy. They told us if you don’t feel you can do this, don’t put your health at risk.”

Ybarra said he quit after drinking five bottles. He said: “My bladder couldn’t handle it any more.”

He added: “I was talking to her and she was a nice lady.

“She was telling me about her family and her three kids and how she was doing it for her kids.”

The competition was believed to have been successful when suddenly Jennifer Strange, 28, started complaining of a strong headache.

Strange, a mum of three, returned to her home and a few hours later she was found dead in her living room.

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By Manish, January 16, 2007 at 11:43 pm Link to this comment
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I have read the stories behind this incident. She is not stupid for trying to win a Nintendo Wii. It is superfluous to state that this is a “confirmation that America’s consumerism is out of control.” She had a husband, 3 children and a job as a nurse. She represents the majority upper middle-income class family.

It is disrespectful to society and other Americans to label this women without knowing all the facts.

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By James, January 16, 2007 at 5:48 pm Link to this comment
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...that’s another way to win a Wii, I suppose.  This is just stupid and a waste of time and humanity.

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By Dr. Alexander Edelman, January 16, 2007 at 4:07 pm Link to this comment
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Firstly, how much is the radio station at fault? I don’t think this should go into the realm of the first amendment issues. The SHOW has since been canceled, and the morons, or very humorist hosts have been dealt with.

Additionally, although I agree with that long metaphor about my neighbors Christmas decorations, I think there is a slight over-reaction here, to what happened. We as Americans do over-consume, but competing in a contest, and creating one is a clever way to distribute an article mostly available to the rich to anyone in a, hopefully fun way.

At this point I want to ask what on earth the age of majority is? Maybe before we go around pointed the idiocy finger we should take a look in the mirror!

And finally, water intoxication is a serious thing. It is also curable. When one receives this kind of punishment for over consumption of water they go through a long inebriate state before they die. There in lies the problem. This woman did not go to a hospital when her problem began. Which is what she should have done. She would have had a wicked hangover the following day, but she would be alive.

So remember, drink carefully, and proof-read!

-Dr. Alexander I. Edelman

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By talkingpocket, January 16, 2007 at 2:35 pm Link to this comment
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you see that’s my point…you comment on this excerpt of a story as if you know what happened.  yes the father is in the picture…he is devistated…as he should be.  he read a breif statement o the air to the media describing what a wonderful woman his wife had been and wonderful mother.  we all have done stupid things to make our kids lives a little better, maybe even a llittle more fun.  this poor woman paid a price for not knowing something most of us only recently learned. stop calling her stupid and have a heart.  also if you care enough to comment on this, might i suggest researching what really happened rather than this pitiful excerpt.  PS.  the radio show hosting the contest has been taken off the airby the parent company…who do you think did the stupid thing?

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By dlee, January 16, 2007 at 1:47 pm Link to this comment
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A few years ago two parents were trying to discipline their daughter on the advice from their church family council, they made her drink cups of water. When she kept crying, they called the council, “more water, she’ll bond with you”,  she cried more, it hurt, she couldn’t drink any more, it’s only water, it killed her.

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By Peter, January 16, 2007 at 12:55 pm Link to this comment
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Ignorance…we’ve perfected it.

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By RAE, January 16, 2007 at 11:50 am Link to this comment
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Every time I think I’ve heard the most stupid thing a human being can do, I get trumped by yet another.

I feel really sorry for her 3 kids… hopefully there’s a dad in the picture, but probably not.

The radio station should be liable for ALL expenses, including education, for the 3 kids until each reaches age of majority. The woman paid for their stupidity with her life… the least the station can do is pay a few million to remind them they have a LOT of GROWING UP to do!

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By TALKINGPOCKET, January 16, 2007 at 11:16 am Link to this comment
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actually after the initial small bottles of water they switched to bigger bottles to make it more “interesting.”  until this happened not a whole lot of people thought drinking water like this is not dangerous. this article excerpt here only gives about a 10th of the story…nice work truthdig….you get more and more unreliable llike huffpost as the days go on!!!!

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By GW=MCHammered, January 16, 2007 at 10:03 am Link to this comment
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Say twenty people live on your block and you actually speak to all of them. One day, you notice that a neighbor has gone buy-crazy. I mean, delivery truck after delivery truck arrives one behind the other and you watch in awe as they fill up their house with anything and everything new and then even their garage too.

Next, they’re pounding on every neighbors’ door then yes, your door too, demanding bucks so they can do what? Keep on buying! Now you read in the newspaper that your one neighbor consumed a quarter of the electricity, gasoline and prescription meds in your community! And now they’re building buildings to hold all the stuff they can’t find place for but still they buy-n-buy. Would it be long before the whole neighborhood was a-buzz with, “What’s sooo wrong with so-n-so?”

Well, Americans are so-n-so.

We’re one in twenty, five-percent of the world, yet we consume twenty-five percent of its resources. We avoid asking ourselves the question that we would of that afflicted soul… “What’s sooo wrong with us?”

We prefer instead, our manic addiction to consumption and our shared justified delusion that, “We deserve it.” But just like that troubled neighbor, the disorder worsens over time and our consumption-malady eventually, consumes us.

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By mutterhals, January 16, 2007 at 7:33 am Link to this comment
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I attribute this more to stupidity than anything else…

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