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Dead Pool 106: We All Gots de Flu Edition

UnkaWill wins 105 with Erica Garner. She’s activist the daughter of Eric Garner, the “I can’t breathe!” guy. She recently learned she had a congenital heart defect of some kind. So nothing at all fun about this story, I guess.

Still, a dick’s a dick!


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. Plus (Pupster’s Rule) no picking someone who’s only famous for being the oldest person alive.

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? Also, make sure you have a correct spelling of your choice somewhere in your comment. These threads get longish and I use search to figure out if we have a winner.

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 winner, if the winner chooses to entrust me with a mailing address, will receive an Official Certificate of Dick Winning and a small original drawing on paper suffused with elephant shit particles. Because I’m fresh out of fairy shit particles.


Comment from LesterIII
Time: January 12, 2018, 6:00 pm

Herman Wouk.

He seems too content in his recent interviews.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: January 12, 2018, 6:01 pm

John McCain

Comment from thefritz
Time: January 12, 2018, 6:01 pm

Olivia de havilland

Comment from gromulin
Time: January 12, 2018, 6:04 pm

Kirk Douglas

Comment from AliceH
Time: January 12, 2018, 6:23 pm

Carol Channing.

Comment from Hutch
Time: January 12, 2018, 6:30 pm

Joanne Woodward

Comment from ExpressoBold
Time: January 12, 2018, 6:32 pm

George Herbert Walker Bush

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: January 12, 2018, 6:44 pm

I have been if thinking of one of my favorite Jazz vocalists a lot lately, for some reason.

Helen Merrill is 88. She was very famous in the 1960’s but is probably pretty much forgotten these days. I hope I am wrong to worry about her but January is a cruel month.

Below is a link to my favorite of her albums, which also has a photograph of her as the cover art.


And here is a YouTube of the song ‘Natural Sounds’ from that album.


Comment from Eirik
Time: January 12, 2018, 6:45 pm

I’ll stick with Robert Mugabe. Just because he’s not in power doesn’t mean he doesn’t deserve a long, long rest.

Comment from Montenegro
Time: January 12, 2018, 6:51 pm

OK Dick Van Dyke!!!

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: January 12, 2018, 7:09 pm

Ruth Ginsberg

Comment from Mrs_Durned
Time: January 12, 2018, 7:12 pm

Burt Reynolds

Comment from Malcolm Kirkpatrick
Time: January 12, 2018, 8:08 pm

The terrible lizard Jiang Zemin, of something stolen body parts cannot cure.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: January 12, 2018, 8:30 pm

For the Deep State, the use of the “Coercive Organs of State Power” to drive President Trump from office was the “Plan B” if Hillary lost. I suspect that “Plan B+” will be the termination with extreme prejudice of President Trump by those same “Coercive Organs of State Power” or contractors thereof.

I am not feeling very generous or trusting of the United States Government or either supposedly different political party.

Comment from Janna
Time: January 12, 2018, 8:36 pm

Jimmy Carter

Comment from Mrs Carl
Time: January 12, 2018, 8:44 pm

Clive James

Comment from gulliblepratt
Time: January 12, 2018, 9:06 pm

Prince phillip

Comment from p2
Time: January 12, 2018, 9:40 pm

doris day

Comment from sassamon
Time: January 12, 2018, 9:47 pm

For this round I will again choose the Ding Dong Gentleman, Leslie Phillips. Comic actor Who has been in over 150 films and television shows. Known early in his career for the Carry On and the Doctor film series.

Portrayed many “Lechery Toffs” throughout his long career

Memorable phrase “Ding Dong, you’re not wrong”


Another early example of Leslie’s work is the 1957 film “The Smallest Show On Earth”:


Comment from Ben
Time: January 12, 2018, 10:48 pm

William Shatner

Comment from PatAZ
Time: January 12, 2018, 11:07 pm

Slick Willie CLinton. Because why not.

Comment from dissent
Time: January 12, 2018, 11:11 pm

David Hasselhoff

Overdose of preservatives

Comment from RushBabe
Time: January 12, 2018, 11:13 pm

Billy Graham.

Comment from MrsMGunz
Time: January 12, 2018, 11:20 pm

No one has picked Hillary? I’m with her.

Comment from RimrockR
Time: January 12, 2018, 11:28 pm

Chuck Yeager

Comment from weaselwannabe
Time: January 13, 2018, 12:02 am

Georgie Soros

Comment from ea in ga
Time: January 13, 2018, 12:10 am

James Comey

Comment from currently
Time: January 13, 2018, 12:43 am

Willie Nelson

Comment from spunkus
Time: January 13, 2018, 1:26 am

Barbara Walters

Comment from Spad13
Time: January 13, 2018, 1:28 am

Charlie Sheen

Comment from Bob
Time: January 13, 2018, 2:16 am

Nancy Pelosi

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: January 13, 2018, 2:17 am

Liza Minelli

Comment from Armybrat
Time: January 13, 2018, 2:44 am

Jeeze. I travel south to sit in the sun or drive around in a car with the top down and the world spins on. Ok. Desmond Tutu.

Comment from catnip
Time: January 13, 2018, 2:53 am

Actress Charlotte Rae — “Difff’rent Strokes,” “Facts of Life”

Comment from Mr. Dave
Time: January 13, 2018, 4:11 am

Ramsey Clark. Please. We have waited long enough.

Comment from drive-by
Time: January 13, 2018, 6:22 am

Buzz Aldrin. I hope to be proven wrong, but I may as well play the numbers.

Comment from Timothy S. Carlson
Time: January 13, 2018, 11:06 am

Walter Koenig AKA Pavel Chekov (“Nuclear Wessles!”)

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: January 13, 2018, 12:52 pm

Louis Farrakhan

Comment from platypuss
Time: January 13, 2018, 1:33 pm

Ed Asner

Comment from weaselwannabe
Time: January 13, 2018, 2:42 pm

Noam Chomsky

Comment from dustoffmom
Time: January 13, 2018, 4:39 pm

Steve Perry

Comment from David Gillies
Time: January 13, 2018, 8:37 pm

One day Gordon Brown will bite it and I will laugh.

Comment from thefritz
Time: January 13, 2018, 10:21 pm

One of the great ones…

Keith Jackson, who was widely regarded as the voice of college football by several generations, died late Friday night, his family said. He was 89. RIP

Comment from J.S.Bridges
Time: January 14, 2018, 1:59 am

Ah, me…Oncet more unto the breach, dear friends – once’t more…

As evah: Bad ol’ Insaney-Janey Fonda, the Thinking-Man’s Typhoid Mary…

May she meet-up impactfully with The Cable-Car Of Deadly Destiny – c’mon, dollink, jes’ step right on out thar, an’ shake hans’ with The Green Ripper…(been re-reading John D. McDonald of late, can you tell?)

If I can’t win, I tend to favor MrsMGunz‘s pick – everybody’s gotta go sometime, an’ HilLIARy’s wayyyy-y-y overdue…

Comment from Conchi
Time: January 14, 2018, 2:09 am

Roslyn carter

Comment from Anonymous
Time: January 14, 2018, 2:41 am

Former Senatorial wanker Al Franken, in a water closet with a plastic bag over his head and pants around his ankles.

Comment from JC
Time: January 14, 2018, 4:33 am

Wozzisname. World’s coming to an end. Ei of ie in the name. Drawing a blank. Fuckit. Ted Turner.

Comment from Timbo
Time: January 14, 2018, 10:21 am

Keith Richards.

Comment from Mad Ivan
Time: January 14, 2018, 5:09 pm

Henry Kissinger (Heinz Alfred Kissinger), another former US Secretary of State.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: January 14, 2018, 10:11 pm

Jane Fonda’s long term partner has Alzheimer’s, so she dumped him.

Comment from Mad Ivan
Time: January 15, 2018, 1:53 pm

@Ric Fan –

I trust you realize that my downvote is not for you or your reporting, but for Ms. Fonda’s cruelty.

Comment from frotto
Time: January 15, 2018, 6:11 pm

Hal Holbrook.

Yes, he’s still alive. No ill-will or anything just playing the numbers For The Win!

Comment from tinman
Time: January 16, 2018, 3:10 am

Betty White, probably doing something insane for a woman of her age, like skydiving, stock car racing, or the running of the bulls.

Comment from Steve
Time: January 17, 2018, 5:53 pm

John McCain’s mom. Roberta

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: January 17, 2018, 9:10 pm

No access to my records, which are seriously out of date.
So: roving far afield for someone I can be pretty sure is fresh, and old.

Hall of Fame college football coach Hayden Fry.

Comment from bikeboy
Time: January 17, 2018, 10:09 pm

Little Richard.

Comment from drew458
Time: January 17, 2018, 10:48 pm

Rupert Murdoch

Comment from thefritz
Time: January 22, 2018, 11:11 pm

Naomi Parker Fraley died Saturday. Identified by a scholar as the inspiration for Rosie the Riveter, the iconic female World War II factory worker was 96.


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: January 23, 2018, 12:01 pm

RIP, Simon Shelton Barnes, aka, Tinky Winky.

Comment from xul’s fedora
Time: January 23, 2018, 11:48 pm

Sci-fi/fantasy writer Ursula Le Guin has carked it at 88.

Comment from xul’s fedora
Time: January 23, 2018, 11:52 pm

And since my previous picks have been poached, I’ll go with Beverly Cleary this round.

Comment from Davem123
Time: January 27, 2018, 6:42 am

Peter Strzok, FBI Sooper-Genius. No doubt by suicide. The only question being by whose hand – the Clinton camp, the FBI Secret Society or Valerie Jarrett and the former Boy King?

Comment from thefritz
Time: January 30, 2018, 9:26 pm

Oldest man just passed at 113. RIP


Comment from p2
Time: January 31, 2018, 1:17 am

mort walker…creator of beetle bailey & hi & lois comic strips snuffed it….. anyone?

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 2, 2018, 3:43 am

ok all you Carl’s gambit SOB’s…


Comment from Scott Jacobs
Time: February 2, 2018, 3:53 am

Stan Lee

Comment from Scott Jacobs
Time: February 2, 2018, 3:54 am

And Fritz I was literally coming to pull that. I did a word search for Lee and your url popped and I was so pissed for a second.

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 2, 2018, 12:42 pm

Scott, I think ol’ Stan was fooling…


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: February 2, 2018, 10:55 pm

RIP, Dennis Edwards

It was the third of september
That day I’ll always remember, yes I will
’cause that was the day that my daddy died

Never had a chance to see him, no
Never heard nothing but bad things about him
Mama, I’m depending on you to tell me the truth
Mama just hung her head and said

papa was a rollin’ stone
Wherever he laid his hat was his home
And when he died
All he left us was alone….

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 5, 2018, 11:30 pm

John Mahoney has passed. He was a winner…RIP

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: February 6, 2018, 12:06 am

That’s sad. He was only 77. I first began noticing Mahoney in the 80s. He had a supporting role in almost everything. A fine actor. Will miss him.

Comment from Carl
Time: February 6, 2018, 12:05 pm

Zimbabwe’s Morgan Tsvangirai

Comment from Drew458
Time: February 8, 2018, 5:31 pm

FBI informant Douglas Campbell, who just blew the whistle on Uranium One. I expect him to succumb to Arkancide within a few weeks.

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 12, 2018, 3:19 pm

Legendary singer Vic Damone passed away Sunday at the age of 89. His family said he died at Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach. RIP

I was just at that hospital on Friday. My brother-in-law is supervising the building of a huge addition on to it.

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: February 12, 2018, 4:57 pm

Mort Walker — a blast from the past. I was a big Beetle Baily fan as a kid.

Vic Damone – rememeber when the eyetalians had the pop music biz cornered? Read his wiki entry. He and Trump were good friends. His wife who predeceased him by a 2 years left him 900 million bucks.

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 12, 2018, 10:24 pm

Hell, if I’d known Vic (almost a billionaire) Damone was in the hospital, I’d have stopped by to wish him well…and share my checking account number with him…

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 13, 2018, 2:26 pm

Comedian Marty Allen has died. He was 95. RIP funny man.


Comment from Ric Fan
Time: February 13, 2018, 4:24 pm

All these childhood memories — dead.

Bill Dana died last summer. Remember him? Jose Jimenez, the astronaut. Local radio station played that skit. Laughed my ass off. Would be banned today, of course.

Comment from Nana1
Time: February 14, 2018, 12:01 am

Ginsberg again.

Comment from Carl
Time: February 16, 2018, 6:32 pm

No new Dead Pool round? has Morgan Tsvangirai risen from the dead?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: February 16, 2018, 8:24 pm

Woops! Sorry, Carl…I didn’t see you’d made a play.

Hm. Tsvangirai. I suppose I’ll have to take him. I have heard of him, after all. But you’ll have to wait another week to don the black robe and swing the sickle; I have just concluded my posting week.

Comment from Carl
Time: February 17, 2018, 12:18 am

No problem. He was one of the few honest African politicians. Probably few people in the U.S.A. have heard of him.

Comment from Anonymous
Time: February 21, 2018, 1:36 pm

RushBabe wins! Billy Graham has passed at 99. RIP

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 21, 2018, 1:40 pm

Wow, some no-one-who-has-ever-heard-of or cares about 3rd world tin-horn dictator pimps Billy Graham….shame…shame.

Comment from thefritz
Time: February 21, 2018, 1:41 pm

ok, so maybe he wasn’t a dictator….

Comment from MrsMGunz
Time: February 21, 2018, 1:50 pm

Billy Graham dies, and my first reaction is to check Weasel’s dead pool. …

/so ashamed
//also disappointed that I chose Hillary

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: February 21, 2018, 1:56 pm

First thing I did too, MrsMGunz.

We’re so macabre.

Comment from Carl
Time: February 21, 2018, 2:09 pm

@ “thefritz … Wow, some no-one-who-has-ever-heard-of or cares about 3rd world tin-horn dictator pimps Billy Graham….shame…shame.”

I’ve never heard of most of the choices here.

Comment from Davem123
Time: February 21, 2018, 2:58 pm

Maybe God took out the Zimbabwean chap simply to prevent dick-winning on the occasion of Billy Grahams passing .

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: February 21, 2018, 3:44 pm

Condolences to stymied RushBabe. )-:

Comment from Carl
Time: February 21, 2018, 6:18 pm

Fritz, Looking at the nationalities of the choices for this round of the Dead Pool, I see that out of a total of 63, 53 (84%) are from the U.S.A., 4 from the U.K. and 6 from other countries.

Do you think it should be renamed the U.S. Dead Pool?

Of the 53 Americans, I had never heard of 21, and 6 of the others I recognised the names but didn’t really know anything about them.

There were 3 Africans – Desmond Tutu from South Africa and Robert Mugabe and Morgan Tsvangirai from Zimbabwe. Tsvangirai was Mugabe’s arch rival and was Prime Minister for 4 years.

Comment from LesterIII
Time: February 23, 2018, 5:52 pm


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