Some people get their influences from world leaders, poets, visionaries, and other worldly scholars. Personally, no one has influenced my decisions and general temperament more than Cousin Eddie from 1989’s National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I can really relate to being perpetually down on your luck and instead of pulling yourself up by your boot straps, you just drown yourself in skinned beers and make out with your cousin. I mean, what. Nevermind.
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No one turns up quite like Cousin Eddie and he deserves to be memorialized and preserved for future generations. We can thank Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia’s own Eric Anstey for helping Eddie’s legacy live on.
Anstey spent 15 minutes in the freezing rain recreating Cousin Eddie’s iconic “shitter’s full” scene, waving at befuddled passing cars and yelling Eddie’s most famous line while his wife filmed the scene and provided commentary.
It should be noted that Anstey wasn’t doing this for shits and giggles, but to support a good cause. He participated in a “12 Dares of Christmas” challenge to raise money for a scholarship in honor of Rylee Sears, his cousin who died of meningococcal meningitis last year at the age of 16.
“I’m happy to entertain, but the most important thing for me was the donations and getting as much money as I could for the kids about to start their college careers,” Anstey told BuzzFeed Canada. “He was an outstanding young man, he was one of those kids that was kind to everyone. Polite and friendly, and really cared about people.”
Anstey’s previous dares include trying to chug 4 liters of milk, singing Christmas carols in Costco, taking a two minute ice bath, and singing Whitney Houston in his wife’s dress. Check out the videos on his Facebook page.