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Meet the Guy Who’s Listening to Nickelback for a Week

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Jesse Carey is listening to Nickelback continuously so you don’t have to.

“I want to lift the confidence of what a human being is even capable of,” Carey told Relevant. “It’s the feeling I get after I watch a David Blaine special, and he’s been locked in a block of ice upside down for reasons that were never made clear. All you need to know is that he did it.”

Carey is listening to the perpetually insulted Canadian rock band for charity. He began this personal Nickelback marathon on Monday, and won’t stop until Sunday, in order to raise money for Charity: Water, a group that constructs wells in developing countries.

Carey’s initial goal was to gather $10,000 for the organization, but pledges have already soared well past $18,000. In fact, he’d exceeded his goal before the first Nickelback song was even played.

Not that there aren’t still risks involved with his endeavor. “My main concerns are the nighttime — of what kind of dreams I’ll have,” Carey said. “Nickelback is penetrating into my unconscious. I don’t know what’s going to happen.”

His Nickelback endurance test isn’t the first time Nickelback have made headlines recently for something other than their music. Two men were memorably detained — this is a true story — for merely mentioning the band’s name. A crowdfunding campaign of a different sort was also launched to keep Nickelback from performing at a London venue.

Next: Zz Top's Billy Gibbons Defends Nickelback

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