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Dead Pool XXX: we can figure it out together

Rich Rostrom won the Dick with Frank Borman. That’s the easy bit. Then it gets complicated.

Rich, who tries to keep me honest, has been telling me for ages I have an ongoing screwup with the numbers, having the following sequence of Dead Pools:

157 8/26/22
158 9/16/22
159 10/14/22
160 11/4/22
161 12/30/22
162 1/6/23
163 2/10/23
164 3/10/23
165 4/28/23
166 6/16/23
157 7/7/23
158 9/1/23
159 9/8/23

and, of course, 160 – which he has just won. He told me all this before 160; I have no excuse. So this one is…171? I believe this issue is causing him actual, physical pain. My apologies.

Additionally, I have upset Steve’s kid, who picked gunman Robert Card. I blew it off because – as a lifelong, enthusiastic reader of true crime – I’m highly skeptical of time-of-death estimates. I did not realize he was invested in the pick enough to argue his case. It’s still no, but I apologize for blowing it off so casually.

Stand by for FUN:

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 BullDawgGirl
Time: November 17, 2023, 6:00 pm

Jimmy Carter
Second worst president of the United States

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 17, 2023, 6:00 pm

Ismail Haniyeh, Hamas head terrorist.  The IDF bombed his house in Gaza even though the bastard lives in Qatar.  I hope the Israelis will go after him there now.

Comment from BullDawgGuy
Time: November 17, 2023, 6:01 pm

Rosalynn Carter

Peanut Farmer, Ex-FLOTUS, Married to the third most incompetent president in modern times.

Comment from RushBabe
Time: November 17, 2023, 6:01 pm

Eva Marie Saint – just saw her this week in a 1986 episode of Moonlighting. Maybe it was a sign!

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 17, 2023, 6:05 pm

I suggest that the next DP should be designated Dead Pool CLXXII. If it’s good enough for the Super Bowel and old cornerstones, it’s good enough for us!

edit: Plus, using Roman numerals will make Rich’s spreadsheet management MUCH more fun! Bwahahahaha!

Comment from LesterIII
Time: November 17, 2023, 6:13 pm

My commenting is being blocked. Let’s see if this one gets through:

Louis “Divine Spaceships!” Walcott, AKA Farrakhan. He’s a festering sore in need of cauterization, but I’ll settle for him stroking out, falling down some stairs, etc.; just prefer he see his death coming so he can experience some terror since he’s terrorized so many others.

Comment from BullDawgGirl
Time: November 17, 2023, 6:15 pm

I almost didn’t point this out because the resulting chaos would be fun to watch; but according to those DP numbers, this would be DP 161.

Comment from LavenderGirl
Time: November 17, 2023, 6:15 pm

Jonnie Irwin:

A place in the sun broadcaster. Hope to lose this Deadpool but wanted to be in line just in case.

Comment from Ben
Time: November 17, 2023, 6:16 pm

William Shatner

Comment from RimrockR
Time: November 17, 2023, 6:28 pm

Bill Gates

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: November 17, 2023, 6:46 pm

Shannon Doherty, of 90210 fame.

Comment from BullDawgGirl
Time: November 17, 2023, 6:46 pm

Or maybe not…
DP 171???

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: November 17, 2023, 7:29 pm

Henry Alfred Kissinger – watching this administration’s bungling attempts at foreign policy (especially this latest China blunder by Granpa Joe) can’t be good for his heart.

Comment from Carl
Time: November 17, 2023, 7:40 pm

Duke of Kent

Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: November 17, 2023, 7:41 pm

Sooner rather than later, I hope

Alan Greenspan

gets the message…

You’ve nominated! Act like it!

Comment from HottyTottyGirl
Time: November 17, 2023, 7:55 pm

Robert Alexander

Grand Theft Auto Mogul (I think that’s a video game and he had an online gaming company called Kizzang) and most important a convicted Fraudster.

Comment from G_d’s Middle Finger
Time: November 17, 2023, 8:03 pm

Dick Van Dyke

Comment from steve
Time: November 17, 2023, 8:03 pm

Violet Hensley, really old and famous Country Music fiddle player.

Comment from steve
Time: November 17, 2023, 8:07 pm

BTW, Snop Dog is giving up smoking weed.

No word on gummies, brownies or any myriad of vectors of THC uptake

Nonetheless, he might easily have some kind of adverse withdrawal episode. Ripe for an adventurous soul.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: November 17, 2023, 8:12 pm

As promised, the stats:

168 Dead Pools. (10 and 24 were repeated; 29, 30, 65, and 81 were skipped. So we are at 171. And there was no “physical pain” involved, just profound irritation.)

752 players.

10,250 entries.

1,529 different candidates.

DPs with winning first picks: 36, 42, 46, 78, 89, 92, 98, 101, 110, 133, 143, 157.

Latest winning pick by number: sherlock with Dan Schorr (#95) in DP 10.

Latest winning pick by days: Ripley with B. B. King (120 days) in DP 72.

Players with the most wins:

11 Carl
6 LavenderGirl
6 Pablo
6 thefritz
5 ExpressoBold
5 LesterIII
5 steve

Players with the most entries:

155 Armybrat
153 thefritz
151 Rich Rostrom
147 Uncle Al
144 RushBabe
142 Ben
142 PatAZ
141 ExpressoBold
139 Some Vegetable
139 Weaselwannabe
131 P2
130 Eirik
129 LesterIII
127 Gromulin
127 Timothy S. Carlson
126 Hutch
124 Davem123
121 BJM
121 Subotai Bahadur
119 currently
119 dissent555
117 Janna
117 Spad 13
114 steve
112 Pablo
112 catnip
111 unkawill
107 Gulliblepratt
107 JC Collins
107 RimrockR
102 J. S. Bridges

Players with the most different targets:

150 Rich Rostrom
107 Timothy S. Carlson
82 currently
79 PatAZ
73 Subotai Bahadur
70 Davem123
70 steve
66 Uncle Al
66 unkawill
58 BJM
57 Pablo
54 catnip
49 ExpressoBold
46 P2
45 platypuss
44 Weaselwannabe
43 Pupster
43 Stephen Falken
42 Mija Cat
42 Spad 13
41 Gromulin
41 Stark Dickflüssig

Most popular targets (the most entries):

168 Jimmy Carter
152 William Shatner
141 George Soros
127 Henry Kissinger
118 Kirk Douglas
118 Prince Phillip
115 Jane Fonda
113 Olivia de Havilland
112 Nancy Pelosi
106 Robert Mugabe

Targets with widest popularity (chosen by the most different players):

47 Betty White
47 George Soros
45 Bill Clinton
44 Nancy Pelosi
41 Hillary Clinton
41 Jimmy Carter
41 Joe Biden
37 Henry Kissinger
36 Abe Vigoda
36 Dick Van Dyke
34 Harry Reid
33 Fidel Castro
33 Kirk Douglas
32 Keith Richards
31 George H. W. Bush
31 Jerry Lewis
31 Lindsay Lohan
29 Olivia de Havilland
29 Prince Phillip
29 Ruth Bader Ginsburg
27 Mel Brooks
27 Zsa Zsa Gabor
26 Bob Dole
26 Ed Asner
25 Bashir Assad
24 Billy Graham
24 Clint Eastwood
24 Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
24 Queen Elizabeth II
22 Dianne Feinstein
21 Bob Barker
21 Hugh Hefner
21 Jane Fonda
21 Larry King
20 Harry Belafonte
20 John McCain
20 Michael Moore
20 Nancy Reagan
20 Robert Mugabe

All this was generated in less then 2 seconds by a perl script. Yay!

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: November 17, 2023, 8:21 pm

And now for a pick:

Economist Amartya Sen

Comment from p2
Time: November 17, 2023, 8:28 pm

Joyce Randolph again… Nawtun’s better 3/4 from The Honeymooners

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: November 17, 2023, 8:55 pm

This is the wishlist pool, right?

George Soros

Comment from Ea
Time: November 17, 2023, 8:56 pm

Sam Bankman-Fried
Vegan food is probably really bad in jail/gaol

Comment from Teej
Time: November 17, 2023, 9:26 pm

Joe Biden.

I’ll let you know if that buys me visit from the secret service

Comment from JC
Time: November 17, 2023, 9:37 pm

Paul Ehrlich again.

Comment from The Neon Madman
Time: November 17, 2023, 10:03 pm

This time around, imma taking Mel Brooks.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: November 17, 2023, 11:29 pm

Damn…127 times and only one win (ahem).
I’ll go with Norman Lear.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 17, 2023, 11:40 pm

@BullDawgGuy — Lookin’ good, pal! I just saw a headline that said Ros Carter “has entered hospice care at home.”

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 17, 2023, 11:43 pm

@Rich Rostrom — Thank you for maintaining and reporting all these nifty DB stats. Whenever you post the names and numbers, I really enjoy looking them over. Well done!

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: November 18, 2023, 1:13 am

Raul Castro.

Comment from ama
Time: November 18, 2023, 3:06 am

Joan Collins

Comment from MrsMGunz
Time: November 18, 2023, 3:37 am

Jack Nicholson

Comment from thefritz
Time: November 18, 2023, 5:40 am

Traveling again and I’m late to the game soooo…it pains me to pick a nice person but I’ll go with Clint Eastwood.

Comment from technochitlin
Time: November 18, 2023, 12:53 pm

Mick Jagger

just because

Comment from platypuss
Time: November 18, 2023, 1:13 pm

Ozzy Osbourne from a bat bite.

Comment from Armybrat
Time: November 18, 2023, 4:29 pm

Rita Moreno…she’s 91!

Comment from Weaselwannabe
Time: November 18, 2023, 6:53 pm

Rupert Murdoch, even a deal with the devil can only keep you alive for so long.

Well, that’s what I heard, I wouldn’t know first hand or anything like that…

Comment from Pupster
Time: November 18, 2023, 9:44 pm

Sir David Frederick Attenborough – 97.

Comment from PatAZ
Time: November 18, 2023, 10:57 pm

Andrea Mitchell. 77 years old and mean.

Comment from blake
Time: November 19, 2023, 5:41 am

Shane McGowan!

Comment from dissent555
Time: November 19, 2023, 2:47 pm

Dang, Frank Borman, huh? I heard nothing. RIP

I stay with Phil Collins for this round.

Comment from Jeff Weimer
Time: November 19, 2023, 8:25 pm

That was quick. BullDawgGuy with Rosalynn Carter


Comment from Tim Carlson
Time: November 19, 2023, 8:45 pm

Wait – what? Not only am I late, I missed out completely!

Congrats, BullDawgGuy.

Next round should be Jimmah Carter, if he doesn’t die before Friday.

Comment from ama
Time: November 19, 2023, 9:06 pm

Rich- any way to run a list on when and who picked a now deceased candidate first?, i.e. when did Ros. Carter first show up in the DP?

Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: November 19, 2023, 10:03 pm

R.I.P. away from Jimmah:

Eleanor Rosalynn Carter (née Smith; August 18, 1927 – November 19, 2023)

Congrats, BullDawgGuy.

Let’s pick up the pace, octogenarians!

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: November 20, 2023, 12:26 am

What the herrl!
The water in the pool was barely dry!

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: November 20, 2023, 6:05 pm

I remember writing a long comment which isn’t here. Ms. Weasel, please check the spam filter?

Comment from BullDawgGuy
Time: November 20, 2023, 6:52 pm

@Carl, @Rich Rostrom

Based on the numbers of entries and the number of Wins then @Carl has a great winning percentage. The win Percentage has to be over 10% based on the numbers reported by @Rich Rostrom

Comment from Chrisfromsweden
Time: November 24, 2023, 4:35 pm

Ghislaine Maxwell.

Comment from ExpressoBold Pureblood
Time: November 28, 2023, 10:22 pm

Nobody had Charlie Munger ????

Charles Thomas Munger (January 1, 1924 – November 28, 2023) was an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He was vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway – wiki

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