Should you have any lingering doubts that the ice bucket challenge has gone full ego-trip supernova, feel free to put them aside: 50 Cent just dared Floyd Mayweather to demonstrate grade-school literacy in exchange for $750,000 to any charity of his choice.

Then he dumped a bucketload of ice water off a mansion balcony. Cool. 


The rapper and boxer, once friends, have been sparring over the details and ramifications of personal entanglements among their circle of acquaintances. Mayweather this week made comments to the effect that certain hip-hop stars are fading into irrelevance; 50 played innocent, mentioning that it was Nelly, not he, who stole away Mayweather’s fianceé.

Apart from demonstrating his own tenuous grasp of the English language, 50 failed to specify which page of the Harry Potter saga Mayweather would need to read, but we hope it’s not a boring part about Quidditch practice. Most importantly, we’re all more aware of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis than we were five minutes ago. Right? OK then.

Update: Thursday evening, 50 revised his challenge from Harry Potter to Cat in the Hat and announced that Jimmy Kimmel will host the boxer on his show for the formal reading, should he accept.

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