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Round 49: now with added absence of dick!

Mrs C takes it at last, and regretfully, with Margaret Thatcher. Farewell to the Iron Lady, from grocer’s daughter to state funeral. Seldom in history has just the right person arrived at just the right time to save everyone’s bacon.

Right! Who’s next?

0. Rule Zero (AKA Steve’s Rule): your pick has to be living when picked. Also, nobody whose execution date is circled on the calendar. Also, please don’t kill anybody.

1. Pick a celebrity. Any celebrity — though I reserve the right to nix picks I never heard of (I don’t generally follow the Dead Pool threads carefully, so if you’re unsure of your pick, call it to my attention).

2. We start from scratch every time. No matter who you had last time, or who you may have called between rounds, you have to turn up on this very thread and stake your claim.

3. Poaching and other dirty tricks positively encouraged.

4. Your first choice sticks. Don’t just blurt something out, m’kay?

5. It’s up to you to search the thread and make sure your choice is unique. I’m waayyyy too lazy to catch the dupes. Popular picks go fast.

6. The pool stays open until somebody on the list dies. Feel free to jump in any time. Noobs, strangers, drive-bys and one-comment-wonders — all are welcome.

7. If you want your fabulous prize, you have to entrust me with a mailing address. If you’ve won before, send me your address again. I don’t keep good records.

8. The new DeadPool will begin 6pm WBT (Weasel’s Blog Time) the Friday after the last round is concluded.

The prize? An official Certificate of Dick Winning (if that doesn’t make sense to you, you’ll have to go back through the Dead Pool archives until it does) and a small original sketch par moi.


Comment from thefritz
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:00 pm

henry kissinger

Comment from Hutch
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:01 pm

Valerie Harper

Comment from Dustoffmom
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:01 pm

Nancy Reagan…..who is quite apt to do herself in upon news of Jane Fonda portraying her in some new movie!!

Comment from Gromulin
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:03 pm

Zsa Zsa Gabor

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:05 pm

I’m sticking with Fidel while I can get him.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:05 pm

I’d guess most here have not heard of Pran (born Pran Krishan Sikand), but he is one of the most famous and prolific actors of Bollywood, has earned lots of awards, and has been in something like 361 films since his debut in 1940 at the age of 20.

If he’s too obscure for you, Stoatie, then I’ll go with my usual David Rockefeller, Sr.

Comment from steve
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:05 pm

Erich Priebke

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:09 pm

Robert Mugabe

Comment from clifford skridlow
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:10 pm

Nelson Mandela since Jonathan Winters didn’t have the sense to wait for the dead pool to start . . .

Comment from Michael
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:11 pm

Rosalyn Carter

BTW: Jonathan Winters passed away earlier today. He was 87.

Comment from Formerly known as Skeptic
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:14 pm

Jonathan Winters! – oops, too late.
Abe Vigoda then. I don’t think it will actually happen, but I’m tired of waiting for someone to bump off Assad.

Comment from mojo
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:14 pm

Noted bedlamite George Galloway

Comment from Janna
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:17 pm

Sticking with Kirk Douglas.

Comment from Fawn
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:17 pm

Wilko Johnson – Game of Thrones star, guitarist in band Dr. Feelgood.

Comment from AltBBrown
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:18 pm

Christy Dignam – front man for Irish rock band, Aslan

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:20 pm

As per usual, Red-Ditz Janey Insaney Fonda –

Preferably from an over-pressure of some sort that explodes her mostly-empty skull, but any means would serve, really…

C’mon, Janey – turn toes, and begin to assume room temperature. You ‘specially deserve to go, now that you’ve apparently been so hypocritical as to attempt to portray (in a movie) Nancy Reagan, your political and social opposite – and superior – in all important respects.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:33 pm

Kermit Gosnell

Comment from Montenegro
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:34 pm

Muhamad ALI once again!

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:35 pm

Carol Channing

Comment from JeffS
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:37 pm

Jimmy Carter.

Comment from platypuss
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:38 pm

Ed Asner

Comment from Davem123
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:42 pm

Kim Jong-Un, the young Sydney Greenstreet of North Korea. I apologize to the estate of Mr. Greenstreet for making that comparison.

Comment from cheshirelion
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:53 pm

Jim Wright – Former Speaker of the House.

Comment from CoyoteKhan
Time: April 12, 2013, 6:55 pm

Senator Frank Lautenberg.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: April 12, 2013, 7:13 pm

A brand-new pick: Yasuhiro Nakasone, former Prime Minister of Japan.

Comment from Pupster
Time: April 12, 2013, 7:16 pm


Comment from MrCaniac
Time: April 12, 2013, 7:18 pm

Luise Rainer for the pic.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 12, 2013, 7:20 pm

I hadn’t heard of him, Uncle Al, but I’ll accept him. I have a sneaking fondness for Bollywood.

Comment from Eirik
Time: April 12, 2013, 7:27 pm

tom leher

Comment from Pupster
Time: April 12, 2013, 7:35 pm

Norman Lear

Comment from Carl
Time: April 12, 2013, 7:53 pm

Ariel Sharon

Comment from StPatrick_TN
Time: April 12, 2013, 7:53 pm

Fred Phelps, as always.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 12, 2013, 7:55 pm

Thank you, your royal mustelidness! I’m fond of Bollywood, too – minimum of artsy-fartsy and maximum of fun, music, dance, and melodrama. And Pran has played a big part in it all (pun intended). I wish him well, but he is after all 93 years old.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 12, 2013, 8:00 pm

…and if anybody else wins after picking the now-eligible 97-year-old Rockefeller, I’ll be both peeved and pleased. Peeved because I’ve picked him many times only to have him continue to misuse oxygen; pleased because I’d very much like to see the nasty old bahstid dead.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: April 12, 2013, 8:11 pm

Here is some Dead Pool history analysis of the bag so far.

By category:

Stage & screen – 15
Politics – 11
Sports – 9
Music – 4
Terrorism – 3
Crime – 2
News – 2
Architecture – 1
Religion – 1

Natural deaths – 45
Violent deaths – 3

No deaths by accident or overdose.

By nationality:

U.S. – 40
UK – 2 (includes Christopher Hitchens)
Korea – 2
Libya – 2
Spain – 1
Saudi Arabia – 1

(I don’t get this. I’ve made 22 non-U.S. picks out of 47, and others have been consistently picking foreigners. Castro and Chavez have been immensely popular. Quite a few elderly Brits have been named.)

Comment from sassamon
Time: April 12, 2013, 8:12 pm

Peter Sallis, voice of the animated Wallace from Wallace and Gromit films. Not that I wish him harm, but he is 92 years of age.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: April 12, 2013, 8:17 pm

Helen Thomas

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: April 12, 2013, 8:17 pm

That old crone Helen Thomas …

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: April 12, 2013, 8:19 pm


Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: April 12, 2013, 8:21 pm

My alternate pick, in case I need it, is Hugh “There, Right There, Just Like That…” Hefner

Comment from Pupster
Time: April 12, 2013, 8:32 pm

Jeeze Rich. It’s only a dead pool.

You should turn your genius toward picking lotto numbers.

Comment from weaselwannabe
Time: April 12, 2013, 8:49 pm

Tony Bennett, for the virtual dick!

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: April 12, 2013, 8:55 pm

Rich’s work deserves props. First of all, its clearly more dangerous to be an American than any other nationality. Or at least clearly better to choose an American to be the next croakee!

Second, who’d have thunk natural death was so prevalent, given what we on TV and read in the papers? I thought there was far more violence going on. Maybe I don’t need all those cases of ammo?

But, I WAS disappointed there were no stats on gender or race. I mean, how can we tell if we’re being race and gender neutral in our choices?

Comment from Stephen Falken
Time: April 12, 2013, 9:13 pm

I’ll still go with John McCain but now thanks to tomfrompv I’m worried my choice isn’t race and gender neutral.

Comment from stina
Time: April 12, 2013, 9:25 pm

Michael Moore, as per usual.

Comment from EZnSF
Time: April 12, 2013, 9:32 pm

Danny Bonaduce

Comment from AltBBrown
Time: April 12, 2013, 9:44 pm

2nd on the props for Rich. Stats be good.
The Grim Reaper doesn’t appear to be race neutral, depending upon the ‘hood.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: April 12, 2013, 9:45 pm


Natural deaths – 44 (-1)
Violent deaths – 4 (+1)

(I forgot Chris Dorner.)

Another correction:

U.S. – 39 (-1)
Brazil – 1 (Oscar Niemeyer)

tomfrompv wrote:Rich’s work deserves props.


But, I WAS disappointed there were no stats on gender or race.

Ask and ye shall receive.

Male – 40
Female – 8

White – 38
Black – 4
Arab – 4
East Asian – 2

1 “Hispanic” – Seve Ballesteros.
1 other “latino” – Niemayer.

No Africans, Indians, Chinese, or Russians.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: April 12, 2013, 9:52 pm

The world is sufficiently overfull of ambulatory anal orifi, that the dead pool is a target rich environment. I was going to switch from my previous pick of Governor Hickenlooper to the 16 Republican senators who yesterday gave away the 2nd Amendment to the Democrats. However, I have been forced to narrow things down. Speaker of the House, technically Republican, John Boehner; for saying that he might pass both abolishment of the 2nd Amendment and of our borders in concert with the Democrats over the objection of the majority Republican caucus.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: April 12, 2013, 9:45 pm

says that 44 of the previous picks died of natural causes and 4 violently. If Boehner dies of flesh-eating AIDS as I hope, how is that classified?

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: April 12, 2013, 10:29 pm

Ms Weasel, I lurve me some Bollywood! Have you seen Monsoon Wedding? It’s not your typical Bollywood, but a very fine film indeed.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: April 12, 2013, 10:35 pm

If Boehner dies of flesh-eating AIDS as I hope, how is that classified?

The technical classification would be “Other: Well Deserved”

Comment from m
Time: April 12, 2013, 10:44 pm

Eli Wallach

Comment from Spad13
Time: April 12, 2013, 10:44 pm

Bob Schiefer

Comment from Nina
Time: April 12, 2013, 10:45 pm

Okay, Uncle Al, I’ll take your old standby, and maybe get lucky. Rockefeller it is!

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 12, 2013, 11:20 pm

Thanks, Rich Rostrom, that was really quiet interesting!

Comment from RushBabe
Time: April 12, 2013, 11:22 pm

John “Die Already!” Dingell, D(unce) – Michigan.

Comment from gulliblepratt
Time: April 12, 2013, 11:41 pm

HRH Prince Phillip

Comment from Acat
Time: April 12, 2013, 11:51 pm

Gonna be boring.

Lindsey Lohan

She’s in need of another PR fix, and she tends to get ’em violently…


Comment from Rodent
Time: April 12, 2013, 11:59 pm

Since I forgot about the dead pool, again, I’ll settle for Chrissy Matthews.

But my bet for winner is CoyoteKhan with Lautenberg.
He was too sick (or too already dead) to make an anti-gun vote this week. Banning guns has been a obsession of his for at least 30 years.

Comment from unkawill
Time: April 13, 2013, 12:16 am

Back to my old stand by Mickey Rooney

Comment from Cindermutha
Time: April 13, 2013, 12:24 am

George Soros. Sooner or later Satan is going to be sick of that evil meat puppet.

Comment from naleta
Time: April 13, 2013, 12:33 am

I’m picking Tom Lehrer. I found out that his birthday is the day after mine, so he’s one day less than 30 years older than me. I hope I never win. 🙂

Comment from Pupster
Time: April 13, 2013, 1:02 am


Comment from RealMc
Time: April 13, 2013, 1:02 am

I would happily lose……

Pope Emeritus Benedict.

Comment from Sandman cometh
Time: April 13, 2013, 1:44 am

I’ll take Jesse Jackass Jackson sr and jr, and throw in Louis Farrakhan for good measure. I would have taken Cher or Mickey Rourke but theyre both cockroaches and will live forever, most likely.

Comment from p2
Time: April 13, 2013, 1:49 am

Orson Bean….. the original Mr Bean…..

Comment from catnip
Time: April 13, 2013, 2:15 am

Actress, Marsha Hunt

Comment from Armybrat
Time: April 13, 2013, 2:28 am

Desmond Tutu

Comment from LesterIII
Time: April 13, 2013, 2:29 am

Certifiable loon Dennis Kucinich. He makes me think of anime at it’s worst.

Comment from Dan
Time: April 13, 2013, 2:54 am

Schumer the tumor, Senator from NY

Comment from dissent555
Time: April 13, 2013, 3:12 am

still with Joan Fontaine.

Comment from ben
Time: April 13, 2013, 3:16 am

William Shatner

Comment from PatAZ
Time: April 13, 2013, 3:34 am

David Letterman, because he made LiLo cry. Not really because I don’t care. Just don’t like him.

Comment from tomfrompv
Time: April 13, 2013, 3:54 am

So we’re clearly not picking enough women to die. Or Hispanics. In honor of the Quota, I therefore choose the wise Latina: Sonia Sotomayor.

She’s only 58, quite chubby, and appears to be in fine health. But there is always that bus….

Comment from Bigsmarthuman
Time: April 13, 2013, 4:13 am

Pete Seeger

Comment from currently
Time: April 13, 2013, 5:00 am

Harry Belafonte since Betty White just seems too sprite

Comment from AndStatistics
Time: April 13, 2013, 6:25 am

Bashir Assad. Again. They’ll do a Gadhafi on him one of these days, I just know it…

Comment from Pablo
Time: April 13, 2013, 12:30 pm

Bob Dole.

Comment from mandel bread
Time: April 13, 2013, 2:39 pm

Al Molinaro

Comment from cobrakai99
Time: April 13, 2013, 3:21 pm

The Chicago Machine still needs to make room for the First Wookie to run in 2016. I’m taking Hillary Clinton, Vince Foster style.

Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: April 13, 2013, 4:47 pm

Cindermutha sniped my normal pick (Soros). *tips hat* Good on you CM, I was late to the post.

Okay, for this round I pick: Stan Lee
President and Chairman of Marvel Comics.

Comment from twolaneflash
Time: April 13, 2013, 5:45 pm

Please, God, send The Bastard in America’s White House to Hell, just so he can enjoy what he has planned for the rest of us, and to have the fun of seeing Joey Plugs become First Fool.

Comment from AltBBrown
Time: April 13, 2013, 6:42 pm

May the Eye of Sauron fix upon your pick, twolaneflash!

Comment from Zooom Zooom
Time: April 13, 2013, 10:16 pm

Hosni Mubarak…….

Can’t believe he’s still hanging on…..maybe soon he’ll be hanging……

If they can find a judge to try and convict him that is.

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: April 14, 2013, 12:24 am

Lumpy has left the Beav.

Comment from Bill the Butcher
Time: April 14, 2013, 2:35 am

Olivia de Havilland.

“She’s namin’ that Indian baby after me!”

Comment from Amiable Dorsai
Time: April 14, 2013, 8:21 am

Once more into the fray: Mikhail Kalashnikov.

Comment from AltBBrown
Time: April 14, 2013, 7:52 pm

Still one of my all time favs – Leave It to Beaver. Caught one last month. Big date for Wally. Was debating the country club, as he’d heard it was expensive. Coffee was 25¢!

Comment from Sockless Joe
Time: April 14, 2013, 8:08 pm

Amanda Bynes – Chick has been losing her sh!t lately.

Comment from Mr. Dave
Time: April 14, 2013, 11:28 pm

Ramsey Clark will be a nice addition in the Lake of Fire.

Comment from Pupster
Time: April 14, 2013, 11:29 pm


Comment from BJM
Time: April 15, 2013, 2:19 am

I’ve been away all weekend and can’t believe no one has the Queen yet!?

Awright!…not wishing Her Majesty any ill will just get get the dick or anything.

HRH Queen Elizabeth II

Comment from Laughing Buddha
Time: April 15, 2013, 11:47 am

Ronnie Biggs. Late again.

Comment from Redd
Time: April 15, 2013, 5:32 pm

Do I have to give a name now? How about some stupid prog, to be named later, who does something stupid demonstrating against Thatcher on Wednesday, which results in their death?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: April 15, 2013, 6:54 pm


…some stupid prog…

How about Tony Blair? (-:

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: April 15, 2013, 10:32 pm

How about that rat bastard that bombed the Marathon? Can he die?

Comment from Nina
Time: April 16, 2013, 1:26 am

Please. Painfully.

Comment from Tibby
Time: April 16, 2013, 3:13 pm

Late as usual, but will go with Mary Tyler Moore. And I second Nina on the rat bastard. Please, painfully.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: April 16, 2013, 10:25 pm

If ex-PMs are falling off the perch, then maybe Gordon Brown will do me and the world a favour and follow suit.

Comment from Laughing Buddha
Time: April 16, 2013, 11:53 pm

No one had Pat Summerall?

Comment from jc
Time: April 17, 2013, 2:34 am

Elmore Leonard

Comment from mpfs
Time: April 17, 2013, 3:20 am

Doris Day

Comment from Pavel
Time: April 17, 2013, 4:06 am

Jerry Lewis.

Comment from grim reaper
Time: April 17, 2013, 7:12 am

Tony Bennett

Comment from Anonymous
Time: April 17, 2013, 9:20 pm

Damn, one of my old picks, George Beverly Shea, carked it yesterday. Sigh. Okay then. Gimme Ray Harryhausen.

Comment from Zimmermanfan
Time: April 17, 2013, 10:58 pm

of Rockford Files fame……..

James Gardner…..

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 17, 2013, 11:25 pm

Garner, I think. But he’s yours, anyway.

Comment from physics geek
Time: April 18, 2013, 4:44 pm

Okay, I’m going to put out Keir Dullea, the star of “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Okay, HAL was the real star, but I don’t know how to enter a heuristically programmed algorithmic computer. Besides, I think he died near the end of the movie anyway.

Comment from Oh Hell
Time: April 19, 2013, 1:59 am

Hickenlooper in a very public accident with a gerbil.

Comment from smedleythebarbarian
Time: April 19, 2013, 4:07 am

Dick van Dyke

Comment from rimrockr
Time: April 19, 2013, 11:07 pm

Dzhokar Tsarnaev of lead poisoning – may he rot in hell

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 19, 2013, 11:30 pm

Come to think of it, I can’t think of any reason not to allow that pick. He’s on the run, so it’s not like he’s got an execution date. And I’m sure they’d like to catch him alive.


Comment from Michael
Time: April 23, 2013, 6:46 pm

Richie Havens, first artist to play a Woodstock, has passed


Comment from Redd
Time: April 23, 2013, 11:06 pm

Allan Arbus died. He was 95. Looked great. A couple of years ago I saw him in something and couldn’t believe he was still alive and kicking. But alas, no more… Still, he had a long life.

Comment from xul
Time: April 24, 2013, 5:49 pm

“Comment from Anonymous
Time: April 17, 2013, 9:20 pm

Damn, one of my old picks, George Beverly Shea, carked it yesterday. Sigh. Okay then. Gimme Ray Harryhausen.”

^This was actually me. That’s what I get for imbibing while Dead Pool pickin’. 🙁

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: April 25, 2013, 6:22 pm

Chrissy Amphlett has touched herself for the last time (thinking about me, if you believe her song).

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: April 26, 2013, 2:50 pm

George Jones stopped loving everybody, today.

Comment from Mija Cat
Time: April 26, 2013, 2:56 pm


No more George Jones. I understand he’ll be missed… and that I can’t pick him now.


Comment from Michael
Time: April 26, 2013, 2:57 pm

Stark, I had actually just typed out that exact comment, then I saw your entry…


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: April 26, 2013, 3:00 pm


Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: April 27, 2013, 2:16 pm

Tom Knapp, exhibition shotgun speed shooter, has passed away.

Youtube has plenty of videos of this guy shooting.

Comment from Nanny 1
Time: April 28, 2013, 12:43 am

Judge Ruth Bader Ginsberg

Comment from Nanny 1
Time: April 28, 2013, 12:45 am

Judge Ruth Based Ginsberg

Comment from Mija Cat
Time: May 6, 2013, 6:24 pm

One of my former picks, Jeff Hanneman – guitarist and one of the founders of the band Slayer – has died of complications of a 2011 spider bite. Nasty spider, I guess.



Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: May 6, 2013, 10:26 pm

See, spiders aren’t all bad!

Comment from tawny
Time: May 7, 2013, 5:10 pm

Did anyone have Ray Harryhausen? RIP

Comment from xul
Time: May 8, 2013, 3:05 am

I had ’em.

Comment from RushBabe
Time: May 8, 2013, 8:03 pm

Jeanne Cooper, of “Young & the Restless” fame has left us. RIP.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: May 8, 2013, 8:36 pm

Come back Friday, RushBabe. New pool a-starting.

Comment from fudimo
Time: May 31, 2013, 10:26 pm

Jesse Ventura

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