There are very few things in this world I would consider staying awake a few days for: a Zombie Apocalypse for fear of home invasion, the last wishes of a dying loved one, or an un-timed, no-holds-barred roll in the hay with Brooklyn Decker. A European soccer tournament, on the other hand, is certainly not one of them. Personally, it’s a damn fine reason to go to sleep actually, but apparently crazy soccer fanatic Jiang Xiaoshan of China disagrees. He stayed awake for eleven days straight watching the Euro 2012, and it cost him his life.
The 26-year-old was found dead by his mother after his 11-day football-watching marathon, finally expiring after Ireland’s 2-0 defeat to Italy on June 18.
“We would rest occasionally but he watched everyday and would not miss a single match,” one friend told the Sanxiang Metropolis.
Due to the difference in time zones, the matches started at very early morning hours where Jiang lived. He would come home after work, prop his feet up and started throwing back cold beers and ripping heaters. Sleep deprivation and lack of water would lead to his demise.
When commenting on the matter, Hunan province doctor Liu Zhiling gave insight that can only come from years of medical training: “If you use beer to replace water, that is not good.”
Nine out of ten American doctors disagree.
Reportedly, Jiang supported England and France in this Euro kickball tournament. There you go, kids. Don’t watch too much soccer, but if you do, support a country with a little testicular fortitude.
- [story via Yahoo! Sports]