This time two years ago, our social media newsfeeds were awash with footage of friends and family members dousing themselves in ice-cold water all in the name of charity.
And as the public became more and more creative with the execution of their own Ice Bucket Challenge, it wasn't long before many of us forgot the main aim of the endeavour, and simply went around nominating mates for a freezing.
Gaining momentum in the US, the Ice Bucket Challenge was born of a desire to raise awareness of ALS – also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease – and it looks like what many ultimately considered an internet fad has paid off in ways few would have anticipated.
According to numerous reports emerging from the States today, one million of the $115 million raised went towards Project MinE which has aided in the identification of a gene responsible for the degenerative disease – a development which has brought scientists closer to treating the disease which sees the rapid deterioration of patients within just five years.
Commenting on the breakthrough, Dr. Lucie Bruijin, Chief Scientist at the ALS Association said: "The sophisticated gene analysis that led to this finding was only possible because of the large number of ALS samples available."
"The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge enabled The ALS Association to invest in Project MinE's work to create large biorepositories of ALS biosamples that are designed to allow exactly this kind of research and to produce exactly this kind of result."
In Ireland, our own version of the Ice Bucket Challenge raised a staggering €1.4 million for Motor Neurones Disease.
We were getting kind of bored of Ice Bucket Challenges, until we saw this!
Justin Davidson from Manhattan, Kansas told his girlfriend Shelby Muha that he was going to help her with her Ice Bucket Challenge – but he had a few tricks (and a ring!) up his sleeve!
Watch this romantic Ice Bucket Challenge/proposal (though it gets a bit awkward from about 1.20 onwards, when you’re just watching them kiss each other for a good 20 seconds!).
We'll never turn down an excuse to see more of Henry Cavill, and even though the actor is fully suited up in his Superman costume in this Ice Bucket Challenge video, he still makes us go weak at the knees!
Henry is joined by Amy Adams, his co-star in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice film.
The actor proves he really IS a superhero by taking on a grand total of six buckets of water. We hope he made that many donations afterwards too!
This little girl was not very impressed by her Ice Bucket Challenge and her reaction, though naughty, is pretty funny…
Watch as she gets drenched, though we’d have your earphones in if you’re in public as it contains some NSFW language.
The video is quickly going viral with over 41,000 views on Facebook and just wait until you hear why!
SHEmazing! TV Presenters Niamh Geaney and Emma Power were challenged by their dear friends (who now deserve payback) to complete the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge! Donations were made to support Motor Neurone Disease by texting MND to 50300.
Armed with a wash basin and freezer compartment drawer respectively, no buckets for these ladies, watch the girls drown themselves in icy cold water…as if it wasn't baltic enough outside already!
OK, so we know you’ve watched a LOT of celebrities take on the Ice Bucket Challenge at this stage, but this one we just had to share with you!
Forget a mere bucket of iced water over the head – Irish rugby star Cian Healy took on a whole fire crew for his charity challenge!
Not only can he do a brilliant Bonnie Tyler impression, but with the help of the Blanchardstown Fire Brigade in Dublin, Cian really took the challenge up a notch!
He then nominated Joe Schmidt, Katie Taylor and the BOD’s lovely wife Amy Huberman.
Beat that guys!
We’re not sure if this wins or loses all of the Ice Bucket Challenges ever.
This girl got her wisdom teeth out, and judging by the blood, it wasn’t all that long ago. So, what better to do than decide this is the opportune moment to do the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS.
“Ssh… she’s coming!”
The bit where she actually throws the water has to be our favourite…you’ll see.
Thankfully, she herself is a little confused as to why she put the video up, writing in her YouTube account: "I guess for some reason I decided to do an Ice Bucket Challenge an hour after I got my wisdom teeth out?"
We're so glad you did though.
The ALS ice bucket challenge has taken social media by storm and in particular celebrities have been quite partial to soaking themselves in icy cold water, all in a bid to raise money and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease research. ALL of the Beckhams have chosen to take part, which was kickstarted by Ryan Seacrest's nomination of David, much to our delight. Watch the footage here!
For the past two weeks or so, many videos of celebrities and people around the world dumping buckets of iced water over their heads have been all over the place.
The words ALS may not have meant much to many of us before, but now we know exactly what Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is, and that’s why those videos are so important.
This video will show you the importance of movements like this one, and open our eyes to things that touch people’s lives that we may not see everyday.
Well done, Anthony, your video truly touched our hearts.
YouTube prankster Stuart Edge has come up with his own version of the Ice Bucket Challenge and of course it involves a prank.
They say revenge is a dish best served cold – ice, ice cold if you’re going by Gwyneth Paltrow’s standards!
The star completed the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge herself, and nominated Cameron Diaz, Stella McCartney and Chris Martin to do the same.
There have been rumours that she is not one bit happy with her ex-hubby’s new love interest, Jennifer Lawrence, so perhaps she thought he could do with a cold shower!
We think it’s safe to assume John Krasinski is in the dog house for the next few nights.
Deciding it was time his wife got her Ice Bucket Challenge done, he surprised her as she unloaded the shopping by throwing water all over her.
Let’s just say, she doesn’t look happy.
That’s not before she was able to name who she wanted to do the challenge next – Steve Merchant!
Hmm, we’re not sure if this is set up or not but either way it’s super cute.
Can anything ever beat Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck's video? No, no it cannot.