ICE, ICE BABY: Ice-bucket challenge at Godfrey’s (left). Having ice poured over them are Natalie Redgrave and Sarah Gregor. Enjoying pouring the water are Carly Busby and Karly Nicol.
ICE, ICE BABY: Ice-bucket challenge at Godfrey’s (left). Having ice poured over them are Natalie Redgrave and Sarah Gregor. Enjoying pouring the water are Carly Busby and Karly Nicol. Luka Kauzlaric And Mike Richards

Would you chill for the latest social media fad?

Welcome to the Observation Deck, where we take a look at the lighter side of life

EVERYTHING that glitters is not cold, which is why we wouldn't chill to do it despite being told it's a very ice way to raise a slush fund - even if you're wet behind the ears.

Now that we've got all the puns out of the way, let's not be glacial or we'll kick the bucket before the latest fad is over.

You know the one. It involves a bucket, very cold water, a little bravado and a camera.

Yes, the ice-bucket challenge has made its way to Happy Rock.

It kicked off, officially, last Friday when local bartender Clayton Goltz and his Queens Hotel colleagues got a little moist to raise funds for motor neurone disease.

"I've never planked or anything like that - planking never raised money for anybody - this is completely different to that," Clayton told The Observer before his dunking.

It was all towels on deck when the staff of Gladstone's Godfrey's shop followed suit.

Natalie Redgrave and Sarah Gregor were happy to take part. Natalie even issued a challenge to another retailer.

"We have raised loads of money so far, about $100," Natalie says.

"It was actually quite refreshing but my head hurts from the ice hitting it. We should nominate everyone who works at Harvey Norman."

Sarah reckons she was a little nervy before the big downpour.

"But it wasn't too bad," she says. "It was cold but good knowing that we did something good for charity. It was actually refreshing."

Meanwhile, The Observation Deck has it on good authority a certain Gladstone newspaper editor will get in on the act very soon.

He loves to get into the community spirit and is considering a challenge from The Morning Bulletin's editor Frazer Pearce this week.

Weird web world

TALKING of all things global, Facebook has been a hive of weird activity this week.

Popping up on the Calliope Classifieds feed was this little gem from Chantelle Nightingale.

"For sale: A bunch of people that constantly moan about dogs barking, kids playing on scooters and generally do not  appreciate being alive. $1.25 ONO".

And then there's this little gem from Great Danes Are The Greatest - "Great Dane eats 43 socks, feels great next day." That's a bit Ruff.

And from the Stuff Journalists Like archive is this little gem - originally published in the Daily Mail - about iCloud and the release of nude celebrity pics on the internet.

"The moment you snap a photo with an iPhone, for instance, a copy is uploaded - not to an actual cloud - but to a bank of gigantic humming and whirring computers..."



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