Everyone's doing it, why not me?
Chinese recycling tycoon Chen Guangbiao loves making headlines, and his latest stunt is to take on the Ice Bucket Challenge.
The self-proclaimed "most well known and beloved Chinese role model" is not happy with dumping a mere bucket of ice-cold water over himself.
So last Friday, he did an extended version of the challenge by wedging himself between blocks of ice, and having iced water poured over him while he squatted in a bin, reported Chinese blog Shanghaiist.
Mr Chen wrote on his Weibo account: "As China's chief philanthropist and No. 1 low-carbon environmentalist, it is my honour to help people afflicted with motor neuron disease.
"If anyone can sit in this ice water longer than my 30 minutes, I will donate another one million yuan (S$203,000)," he added. "This challenge stands for six days."
An 11-minute-long video was later posted online.
It showed Mr Chen sitting in a bin while more than 30 buckets of ice were poured over him.
After the video went viral, netizens started expressing doubts about whether Mr Chen used real ice in his stunt.
One of them said the "ice" sank into the water and appeared to be made of acrylic.
Tencent News quoted another netizen as saying: "Human beings can stay in ice water for only a few minutes. At the beginning, they must have poured warm water and fake ice onto Chen."
Mr Wang Yingjie, head of public relations for the Lantian Rescue Team, a non-governmental organisation, said the ice cubes were probably real.
He said Mr Chen's "chubby" figure took up a lot of space in the bin. As there was not much room for water and ice, "the ice-water mixture hardly reached zero degrees".
He added that the temperature was probably higher than 16 deg C for the first 10 minutes, and would have ranged from six to 10 deg C later. A person can stay in water of this temperature range for 10 minutes, he said.
On Monday, Mr Chen wrote on Weibo that the ice cubes were made by his company staff with plastic moulds.
He added that he would post a video showing him eating the ice cubes.
He also claimed that he used to practice gongfu in the Shaolin Temple.
Mr Chen had previously made the news by selling canned air, purportedly from less polluted regions of China, for five yuan each. He sold eight million cans of air in 10 days.
This article was first published on Aug 27, 2014.
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