Dying to Play the Wii
Posted on Jan 16, 2007
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.
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.