For the last few years, a group of crazy awesome people have been playing several day marathons of Penn & Teller’s Desert Bus to benefit Child’s Play. They’ve essentially created the internet telethon. People can follow along via blog posts, tweets, and a live video feed as they play the most boring and pointless video game ever created. They keep playing (and being, as they say, “your monkey” for large donations with special requests) as long as the money comes in, up to the preset limit of 103 hours. I like that it’s a reversal of the traditional TV telethon: instead of viewers being tortured until they give in and donate, here, viewers get to torture the telethon players and decide the length of their torment.
What is your favorite charity event? Do you have an idea for an unusual benefit? Have you ever played Desert Bus?
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for Tim3P0: Crazy Mel says, “I have your son!” Hope you’re happy :p