MTV’s List of Things to Do Before You Die

Like so many things before, fellow TTDer Miranda has turned me on to a new show from MTV called The Buried Life.  I’m not a big MTV fan; in fact, I can’t remember the last show I watched on there (Maybe I Love the 90’s?)  But she seemed to be impressed with it so I DVRed it.  I have to say, I’m a fan.  The premise is this: (according to The Buried Life’s website)

Relying on goodwill, guts and gumption Duncan, Ben, Dave and Jonnie travel the globe in a purple transit bus to complete a list of ‘100 things to do before you die’ and to help and encourage others to go after their own lists.  For every item they complete on their list, they help a stranger achieve one of their dreams. Everywhere they go they ask the question: What do you want to do before you die?

They’ve been doing this since 2006 on their own without the support of MTV (although they did a lot of fundraising and got sponsors).  So they’ve had a grassroots following for awhile now, and it is admirable how dedicated they are to accomplishing their goals.

Their list is below.  As Miranda said, it is rather Entertainment-centric, but its pretty varied and some things are acts of simple kindness that anyone could do.  And that is what sets the show apart; not only do they try to complete their list, but they also try to help someone else do an item on THEIR list.  The first week they crashed a party at the Playboy Mansion (which Alex was rather in awe of), last week was “Do a toast at a stranger’s wedding” and this week I think they are going to try to ask Megan Fox out on a date.

The only thing that (slightly) bothers me about this show is that as it gains a larger following, people will assume I began MY LIST after watching The Buried Life (If someone calls my list a “bucket list” again, I think I’ll scream).  Not the biggest deal in the world, but I’ve marking things off my list since I was in high school.  It is cool that others will be inspired to begin their own lists and hopefully will stick to it (rather than getting excited about it and then forgetting it in 3 months).

What do you think of their list?  (I’m rather jealous that they’ve completed so many items but I guess if I quit my job and dedicated my life to the list full time, I may have more success too!)

 1. Open the six o’clock news
2. Lead a parade
3. Get a tattoo
4. Start a dance in a public place
5. Go down a mountain on a longboard
6. Be in a Hollywood movie
7. Plant a tree
8. Ride a bull
9. Destroy a computer
10. Learn to fly
11. Get a college degree
12. Kick a field goal
13. Help someone build a house
14. Grow a mustache
15. Get on the cover of Rolling Stone
16. Start a block party
17. Start a huge wave
18. Tell a joke on Late Night Television
19. Write a book
20. Get a song we’ve written on the radio
21. Become a licensed minister
22. Approach the most beautiful girl you’ve ever seen
23. Learn how to play an instrument
24. Go to a rock concert in all leather
25. Drive across North America
26. Tell a judge: “You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth!”
27. Give a stranger a $100 bill
28. Send a message in a bottle
29. Scream at the top of your lungs
30. Make a big donation to charity
31. Cut a ribbon at a major opening
32. Get something named after you
33. Hold public office somewhere
34. Pay for someone’s groceries
35. Sing the national anthem to a packed stadium
36. Throw the first pitch at a major league baseball game
37. Win and yell “Bingo!” at a Bingo hall
38. Kiss the Stanley Cup
39. Stand under a plan while it lands
40. Make the front page of the newspaper
41. Make a toast at a stranger’s wedding
42. Host a cooking show
43. Become a Knight for a day
44. Catch something and eat it
45. Sleep in a haunted house
46. Do a sketch with Will Ferrell
47. Get in the Guinness Book of World Records
48. Skydive
49. Take a stranger out for dinner
50. Dance on stage at a major concert
51. Climb a large mountain
52. Go on a blind date
53. Start a television show
54. Donate blood
55. Kiss Rachel McAdams
56. Write an article for a major publication
57. Spend a week in silence
58. See a dead body
59. Deliver a baby
60. Go paragliding
61. Draw a mural
62. Be in a protest
63. Run a successful business
64. Visit Folsom Prison
65. Learn how to sail
66. Camp at the Playboy Mansion
67. Make an important speech
68. Swin with sharks
69. Smash a guitar on stage
70. Compete in a soap-box derby
71. Take a kid on a toy shopping spree
72. Throw a surprise party
73. Make a music video
74. Race a sports car
75. Be a contestant on a gameshow
76. Go dog sledding
77. Go to Burning Man
78. Fall in Love
80. Dance with Ellen Degeneres
80. Meet the lonely island dudes
81. Tour with a major band
82. Win an award
83. Street perform and make $100
84. Run a marathon
85. Throw the most badass party ever
86. Teach an elementary school class
87. Pay off our parent’s mortgage
88. Jump off a waterfall
89. Experience zero gravity
90. Rider a rollercoaster
91. Represent Canada in an international competition
92. Learn how to surf
93. Rider through the desert in a dune-buffy
94. Party with a rockstar
95. Play ball with Obama
96. Host a lemonade stand
97. Be in a boxing match
98. Race horses
99. Host Saturday Night
100. Go to space

About Jessica

Mild mannered marketing drone by day. Bucket list adventurer by late afternoon. Having first drafted a list in high school, Jessica's list of things to do before she dies has slowly taken over her life and consumes her thoughts. Because of the list, she has traveled to Mordor, plummeted towards the Earth's surface from 13,000 feet up, cavorted with whale sharks in open water, skinny dipped herself into the Guinness World Book, and cursed the day she was born during the last miles of a Marathon. It's safe to say that if Jessica is doing it, it's on the list.

9 Responses to “MTV’s List of Things to Do Before You Die”

  1. Hej !

    I saw this show too.
    That’s why I try to make the 77 this summer. Their list is interresting !

    My god, the world is so little.

  2. I know, you doing Burning Man is going to be awesome! Honestly, I think I’d be a little afraid to go to Burning Man, but I look forward to hearing your adventures while there.

  3. I missed last night’s episode, I’ll have to catch up.

    I enjoy the fact that they misspelled Will Ferrell’s name on their ‘handwritten’ list. But then again maybe that’s the Canadian spelling….

  4. I haven’t seen it yet either; its DVRed.

    I don’t think I would have even noticed that Will’s name was misspelled. Those crazy Canadians!

  5. I agree with you wholeheartedly. I am a big fan of the show, but a lot of people think that I started my project with them in mind. I was inspired by my mother starting a list and went from there. I would like to help them accomplish something on their list though.

    • I haven’t had anyone call my list a “Buried Life” list yet, but that Bucket List thing is unfortunately not going to go away. Thanks for your comment and I look forward to following YOUR adventures!

  6. How did u do # 10??
    I WANT TO FLY!!!
    parachuting? sky diving? bongii jumping?
    OMG I want to try them ALL..but i’m such a chicken !


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