Let’s play the game I affectionately call “Who’s Crazier?”

This week’s edition will feature a comparison of two potentially life-threatening situations wherein the reactions of our contestants will be judged with three criteria: one, their culpability for placing themselves in the dangerous situation; two, their demeanor and actions during the event; three, their resulting contributions to the study of mental illness in the world today.

Contestant number one is “Mandy K,” the 32-year-old German mother of one who jumped into the polar bear enclosure at the Berlin Zoo last week.

At first glance, Mandy places very high in all of our categories. By climbing over a fence, a “thorny” hedge and a concrete abutment, then diving into the water with the bears, she is certainly liable for placing herself in such a precarious position. But also understand that the zookeepers, according to news reports, were prepared to shoot the bears to save the woman who busted into their pool, and that in looking at the grainy amateur video of the rescue, Mandy didn’t exactly exhaust herself as rescuers were trying to pull her to safety.

So what of Mandy’s long-term impact on the craziness of our world? The Daily Telegraph of London, among others, reported that Mandy’s baby daddy, Lars, said she was distraught over being unable to find a job, and the two shared custody of their daughter, who was not with Mandy on this fateful day.

Said Lars of Mandy’s swim, “She was supposed to be joining us today for an Easter egg hunt. I don’t know what we will tell our daughter.”

I’d recommend you start by telling her that her mother is a finalist this week in Campus Circle’s “Who’s Crazier?” contest!

Mandy’s competition this week is a repeat visitor to the realm of extreme reality, Oscar-nominated actor Woody Harrelson.

After accosting/being accosted by a TMZ paparazzo at New York’s LaGuardia Airport and allegedly pushing the photographer and breaking his camera – a situation that, knowing Harrelson’s tempestuous relationship with close videographic celebrity media surveillance, would normally warrant barely a mention – Harrelson decided to set the record straight by identifying his accoster as a member of the undead.

“I wrapped a movie called Zombieland, in which I was constantly under assault by zombies, then flew to New York, still very much in character,” Harrelson said in a statement. “With my daughter at the airport I was startled by a paparazzo, who I quite understandably mistook for a zombie.”

How, then, does Harrelson place in our categories, particularly against such strong competition from Mandy K?

His initial score is poor, since he was merely walking through what he thought was a non-zombie-infested airport. Reacting quickly to the situation that presented itself, however, he took both physical action, pushing the zombie away (though, as he doubtless knows, a push to the upper body of a zombie is unlikely to incapacitate it for very long), and public action, warning the populace at-large of the impending release of his film.

In the third category, overall impact, Harrelson must also score highly for the self-aware recognition of his madness. Obviously, just as zombie attacks in LaGuardia are quite understandable, even expected during peak travel times, so too is the battle for mental health acceptance, the acceptance of the things only you can see in the face of public ridicule and “fact.” Kudos to Harrelson for putting his star power to good use to further the discourse on the unwell and the undead in our country.

Ultimately, in this week’s contest of “Who’s Crazier?” the nod has to go to Harrelson. He scores highly in his actions and demeanor during the event and his overall work in the ongoing arena of mental health. Mandy K is to be commended for her dogged determination to get in and swim with polar bears, but on closer inspection her episode looks a lot like the culmination of a really bad day in a really bad year. We’ve all been there.

But I’ll wager we all have not had to defend our families from imminent zombie attack. That’s the kind of bravery that wins you a prize.

And what a prize. In our rough-and-tumble, dog-eat-dog, mile-a-minute world, could anything be more prized than a nap? Woody wins a nice, relaxing nap at the Shadybrook Grove-Valley Relaxation Village and Sanity Spa. We’ll start with a 72-hour hold for observation.