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Humanity has watched more than 250 years of Ice Bucket Challenge videos

Humanity has watched more than 250 years of Ice Bucket Challenge videos
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Are you starting to get the feel that those Ice Bucket Challenge videos are everywhere? If you haven't already participated yourself, odds are you've watched plenty of videos of friends, families and celebrities soaking themselves for a good cause.

You've probably spent more time watching those videos than you think. Vocative looked at views and lengths on every Ice Bucket Challenge video on YouTube to see just how much time we've spent watching them.

As a whole, people on YouTube have watched more than 250 years worth of Ice Bucket Challenge footage! And, that doesn't even count what's showing up on your Instagram feed.

At least it was for a good cause - the viral sensation has also raised almost $80 million for ALS research! That's more than we say for all of those views of Harlem Shake videos. Vocative also decided to look at those videos for comparisons sake, and the results aren't flattering.

Yes, that’s right. Even though we, as a society, just watched 268.7 years of the Ice Bucket Challenge, we watched 2,125 percent more (or 5,711 years more) of Harlem Shake videos. That breaks down to a total of 114,185,003 minutes we spent watching ALS Ice Bucket Challenge videos versus 1,275,000,000 minutes we spent watching Harlem Shake renditions. If only all those “drops” had been for charity. Pity.

Hopefully the next viral sensation that comes around benefits a good cause, too. Until then, you can click here to find plenty of legitimate charities to give to.

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Source: Vocativ
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