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  1. 10 points
    Right, OK, so I think we should all thank @Spade_Cooley for taking on the DDP for 2018 and 2019, and forgoing the temptation to murder the rest of us (in game) to keep the game running. He will be returning as a player in 2020, so beware the rest of you. But the game must go on, and if TMIB's nervous breakdowns told us anything, its that the role of DDP showrunner, in these days of 500 teams, has become far too big for one man. So, Official Announcement Time: Spade's spot as DDP host will be replaced in 2020 by... The DDP Rolling Committee. We hope to have 2 or 3 people involved with the data entry bit of the game. (There is 1 other person currently dwelling on this bit, but imo the more the merrier.) This involves the use of Excel, something beyond me. Incidentally, if you CAN use Excel, and are able to help out the DDP in December and January, please PM Spade Cooley and he will add you to the general discussion. There will also be 1 or 2 folk involved in the Web Site side of things, writing up obits, dealing with emails, complaints from this forum, and so on. Hi. Unsure at this point in time if that will be a two person team, or 1 person and guest obits from players. More on this later. It will be a Rolling Committee, in that people will come and go, and the game will keep running regardless. If lots of people take 1-2 year runs in the various jobs, the game will last a lot longer than hoping 1 person doing everything doesn't crack. While I shall be writing obits and dealing with complaints (the fun bit!), I see my role as more caretaker as the DDP shifts into Committee mode. As such, I will adhere to Spade's precedent and term limit my involvement to 2 years. [By the end of those 2 years, changing the individual roles should be considerably easier than it has been.] The rules in 2020 will almost certainly remain as they are. Pan Breed shall remain in the 2020 DDP for reasons of keeping the continuous entries in a row intact, though it wont be contending for a spot near the top 50. Finally a time to pick Robert Mugabe and co... Rest of the team involved will be announced ASAP. And yes, @YoungWillz, I have noted that this is us entering the Colin Baker Era of DDP showrunners! Right, I think that's everything that needs to be known at this point in time. Although again, Excel users, to the Spade PM so we can actually *have* a DDP in 2020, so that we don't overdo the Colin analogy...
  2. 10 points
    SEPTEMBER After Marquez, the HPDP really slows down. YoungWillz proved astute with picking the hirsute Burt Reynolds. The Bandit going up in smokey gets 25 sub points for Willz and finally puts him on the board. Sir Creep landed a unique hit with Kulsoom Nawaz on September 11, getting 20 base points and 8 bonus points for 28 in total. Another surprise unique hit comes on September 19 in the form of Denis Norden. Take It From Here, LFN, you get 25 base points and 10 bonus points for 35 in all. OCTOBER DDT finally gets his first hit on October 30 with Buddhist teacher Sangharakshita. Also a sexual creep, so whatever he gets reincarnated as probably won't be all that illustrious. Either way, DDT gets 15 base points and 6 unique bonus points for 21 total thanks to Sangharakshita going down the shitta. NOVEMBER Though Devin Lima's November 21 death was a gamechanger in the DDP, over at the HPDP it just reinforced what was already happening. Only Dead Cow picked him here, and as a sub, so he adds an extra 25 points of padding. (fun fact: LFO appeared on one of the later versions of Hollywood Squares, so Lima's a very rare instance of a DDP Drop 40 hit to be on Hollywood Squares that was only picked on the bonusless subs bench here!) The last biggie to fall in 2018 was none other than George H. W. Bush on November 30. Bit of a tricky one to judge the bonuses for. There is a US President bonus but it says it's for recent or incumbent US Presidents. And Bush were out of office for 25 years when he died, which isn't all that recent at this point. I also don't see him falling under the crimes against humanity blanket (Dubya a different story, but he's not the one I'm totting up bonuses for...). So as it stands, read my lips, no bonuses for Bush. As for his 7 HPDP voters: deadsox gets 40 points. Exu, time, Toast, and Wormfarmer 30. FixedBusiness 20. and msc 15. DECEMBER Though there was only one December hit, it still carried significance to the HPDP in terms of history, that being the second loss of a forumer's "mascot". DDT is one of the few around to have a perfect HPDP attendance record (with Ali inactive, I think it's just him and mpfc?), and from the pool's inception up until her December 26 death, he had persistently picked art nun Sister Wendy Beckett. Like a DL without Dunn, me without Foray, and msc without Lady Wilson, it's not quite the same having DDT enter a HPDP team without her. Spade still does have his Glynis though. Either way, DDT receives 40 basic points and 16 bonus points for 56 total. I'll throw in an extra 1.3 points as well, or one tenth of a point for each year he picked her. Scoreboard for up to the end of the year. As mentioned previously, I will wait another week to allow for any missed bonuses to be sorted out. Then the 13th place (if the scoreboard stays as is, I'm just gonna treat both =12th place teams as 13th...) and interesting team bonus. So if you have any shock evidence Vanessa Marquez was a baseball player, which would drop Cow from the lead to negative points, speak before MIDNIGHT GMT ON AUGUST 25 or forever hold your peace: 1. The Dead Cow 425 2. RadGuy 267.3 3. CaptainChorizo 259 4. Uschi 245 5. deadsox 225 6. time 198.5 7. Death Impends 197.1 8. FixedBusiness 185 9. msc 181 10. Sean 172.4 11. Toast 154 =12. gcreptile 147 =12. Wormfarmer 147 14. Book 145 15. maryportfuncity 136 =16. Pedro67 135 =16. The Unknown Man 135 18. Lord Fellatio Nelson 134 19. Prophet 131.1 20. Sir Creep 112 21. drol 110.1 22. the_engineer 105 23. Exu 95 24. Rotten Ali 87 25. DevonDeathTrip 78.3 26. John Key 70 27. Deathray 45 =28. Bibliogryphon 25 =28. YoungWillz 25 30. Joey Russ 0
  3. 8 points
  4. 8 points
    'One is 93 for fuck's sake - one doesn't need this shit'.
  5. 8 points
    As you were the last one to post, consider yourself ba............. Oh, wait.
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  7. 8 points
    JULY Clive King was dumped on July 10. LFN gets 25 base points, plus 10 extra for being the only one to stig King on his team. The following day, Lindy Remigino died, and despite his death surprisingly avoiding the UK press, the lucky Lindy pickers here are able to get by on a New York Times obit. 25 points for gcreptile and 10 for drol. Weird to think that over two years ago, there were still three out of four Frank Sinatra wives living. But Barbara Sinatra died not long after, and on July 13 last year the tally went down to one with Nancy Barbato Sinatra leaving today. Book had her as a sub here, and gets 25 points. AUGUST August proved to be a pivotal month for the 2018 HPDP, with three popular hits and the greatest HPDP hit ever... but before all that, Dead Women Walk... yesteryear Hollywood actress Mary Carlisle died on August 1, with CaptainChorizo and Book both picking up 30 points. Charlotte Rae died on August 5, with 9 teams taking heed to the fact of life that a cancer sufferer who appeared on Hollywood Squares is a good HPDP pick: RadGuy gets 45+27=72 points. The Dead Cow and Toast get 40+24=64. time and I 35+21=56. msc and Wormfarmer 30+18=48. drol 15+9=24. and CaptainChorizo hits his second sub for 50 points. Another popular hit followed a few weeks later. Stefan Karl Stefansson would be careful not to make a sound on August 21, with 6 teams chanting "We are number one!": Deathray gets 45 points. FixedBusiness 40. deadsox and Wormfarmer 30. and John Key and the engineer 25. And on August 25, the most popular hit (and second most popular pick, after Leah Bracknell) of the 2018 HPDP, John McCain, died. 18 teams took the not-all-that-mavericky move of picking him: Exu and John Key get 45 points. deadsox, RadGuy, and The Dead Cow 40. Pedro, Sean, Uschi 35. Book, CaptainChorizo, gcreptile, Prophet, and The Unknown Man 30. drol, Wormfarmer, and I 25. maryportfuncity 20. and msc 15. And now for what has to be the greatest ever HPDP hit. On August 30, ER actress Vanessa Marquez was checked on by the police. Things got heated between them, and she eventually pointed a BB gun at the cops, who retaliated by shooting her dead. She was picked by The Dead Cow as there were reports in late 2017 that she had a terminal disease. Now then, as for a few possible bonuses and whether she counts for them... Death of candidate in spite of extremely high improbability or unlikeliness of same. YES. While she had a terminal illness, it was seemingly a slow burning one. I think it's likely she would've lasted years yet without this incident. Murder, Suicide, Lightning NO. As far as I can tell, her pointing the gun was a heat of the moment type thing, rather than herself wanting to be killed. And since she was shot after pointing a gun at the police, they had a justifiable rationale for shooting her as far as I'm concerned, but... Death worthy of a Darwin Award. YES. ...pointing a gun at the police when they're checking on you is still really fecking stupid! So in total Dead Cow gets 45 base points, plus unique * unlikely * Darwin = 180 bonus points. 225 points in all! Scoreboard for up to the end of August, with the shock Marquez hit a massive game changer and leaving Dead Cow with a commanding lead: 1. The Dead Cow 400 2. RadGuy 267.3 3. CaptainChorizo 259 4. Uschi 245 5. Death Impends 197.1 6. deadsox 185 7. Sean 172.4 8. time 168.5 9. msc 166 10. FixedBusiness 165 11. gcreptile 147 12. Book 145 13. maryportfuncity 136 =14. Pedro67 135 =14. The Unknown Man 135 16. Prophet 131.1 17. Toast 124 18. Wormfarmer 117 19. drol 110.1 20. the_engineer 105 21. Lord Fellatio Nelson 99 22. Rotten Ali 87 23. Sir Creep 84 24. John Key 70 25. Exu 65 26. Deathray 45 27. Bibliogryphon 25 =28. DevonDeathTrip 0 =28. Joey Russ 0 =28. YoungWillz 0
  8. 7 points
    So, two things: 1. Hopefully I will finally get a laptop soon so I can catch up on the 4 deaths (possibly more between now and when I actually get a laptop). I know I haven’t been able to write obits for months, but even without the laptop issue I’ve been pretty busy recently IRL that prevented me from writing obits anyways. However... 2. I can confirm that I do plan on hosting this for another year. Honestly, writing is one of my passions in life, and I really liked writing about all the fascinating lives that I’ve read about, so giving this up after a year doesn’t feel right to me. Plus, I shouldn’t be as busy in the coming months, so hopefully next year’s nomination process will go smoothly again. Anyways, hopefully the obits are up really soon!
  9. 7 points
    DL Con #7846b CarolAnn and Sir Creep
  10. 7 points
    JUNE It always is rough for a HPDP team when they lose their last pick first, especially if said pick comes with a bonus that ends up being marginal. In this case, Wormfarmer placed ALS-afflicted NFL player Dwight Clark in his 5-point slot, who died June 4 and predeceased everyone else on his team. He picks up 5 base points and 2 unique points, for a colossal game-changing 7 points. Sing little birdie, sing your (swan) song for Teddy Johnson, who died on June 6. Though best known for being half of a husband-and-wife singing duo with Pearl Carr, his Guardian obit also helpfully notes that he was a drummer earlier in his career. He also performed in pantomimes. Lord Fellatio Nelson and Uschi thus each get 30 base points and 24 bonus points, for 54 in total. There always is sadness when a forum regular loses their "mascot", which happened twice in the 2018 HPDP but only one is mentioned in this update. On the same day as Johnson's death, msc bid farewell to his mascot Lady Mary Wilson. He gets 20 base points and 8 unique bonus points, for 28 in all. WWII U-boat commander Reinhard Hardegen sank on June 9. Note that, despite fighting for the Nazis, he himself was a good man who often rescued the sailors from the ships he sunk and was no fan of Hitler. So no crimes against humanity bonus here. So the only bonus maryport gets for his hit is the unique one, with 15 base points and 6 bonus points making for a total of 21. More misfortune comes Wormfarmer's way with his selection of Big Van Vader. It's Vader's time on June 18, meaning he gets yet another 7 point total from a unique hit. The day after, Toast royally receives 25 sub points from Princess Elisabeth of Denmark. On June 21, old Johnny Hubbard went to the cupboard to get Reptile a score. A 40-point base, uniqueness in place, he got 56 points more. Scoreboard for up to the end of June, with the podium placements remaining the same while Uschi extends his lead: 1. Uschi 210 2. RadGuy 155.3 3. CaptainChorizo 149 4. Sean 137.4 5. FixedBusiness 125 6. Death Impends 116.1 7. maryportfuncity 116 8. deadsox 115 9. time 112.5 10. The Unknown Man 105 11. msc 103 12. Prophet 101.1 13. Pedro67 100 14. gcreptile 92 15. Rotten Ali 87 16. Sir Creep 84 17. the_engineer 80 18. The Dead Cow 71 19. Lord Fellatio Nelson 64 =20. Book 60 =20. Toast 60 22. drol 51.1 23. Bibliogryphon 25 24. Exu 20 25. Wormfarmer 14 =26. Everyone else 0
  11. 6 points
    That should answer a few questions about why she was known and respected by so many.
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  14. 6 points
    Not sure if this has been posted before How Do Court Reporters Keep Straight Faces? These are from a book called Disorder in the Courts and are things people actually said in court, word for word, taken down and published by court reporters that had the torment of staying calm while the exchanges were taking place. ATTORNEY: What was the first thing your husband said to you that morning? WITNESS: He said, 'Where am I, Cathy?' ATTORNEY: And why did that upset you? WITNESS: My name is Susan! _______________________________ ATTORNEY: What gear were you in at the moment of the impact? WITNESS: Gucci sweats and Reeboks. ____________________________________________ ATTORNEY: Are you sexually active? WITNESS: No, I just lie there. ____________________________________________ ATTORNEY: What is your date of birth? WITNESS: July 18th. ATTORNEY: What year? WITNESS: Every year. _____________________________________ ATTORNEY: How old is your son, the one living with you? WITNESS: Thirty-eight or thirty-five, I can't remember which. ATTORNEY: How long has he lived with you? WITNESS: Forty-five years. _________________________________ ATTORNEY: This myasthenia gravis, does it affect your memory at all? WITNESS: Yes. ATTORNEY: And in what ways does it affect your memory? WITNESS: I forget.. ATTORNEY: You forget? Can you give us an example of something you forgot? ___________________________________________ ATTORNEY: Now doctor, isn't it true that when a person dies in his sleep, he doesn't know about it until the next morning? WITNESS: Did you actually pass the bar exam? ____________________________________ ATTORNEY: The youngest son, the 20-year-old, how old is he? WITNESS: He's 20, much like your IQ. ___________________________________________ ATTORNEY: Were you present when your picture was taken? WITNESS: Are you shitting me? _________________________________________ ATTORNEY: So the date of conception (of the baby) was August 8th? WITNESS: Yes. ATTORNEY: And what were you doing at that time? WITNESS: Getting laid ____________________________________________ ATTORNEY: She had three children , right? WITNESS: Yes. ATTORNEY: How many were boys? WITNESS: None. ATTORNEY: Were there any girls? WITNESS: Your Honor, I think I need a different attorney. Can I get a new attorney? ____________________________________________ ATTORNEY: How was your first marriage terminated? WITNESS: By death.. ATTORNEY: And by whose death was it terminated? WITNESS: Take a guess. ___________________________________________ ATTORNEY: Can you describe the individual? WITNESS: He was about medium height and had a beard ATTORNEY: Was this a male or a female? WITNESS: Unless the Circus was in town I'm going with male. _____________________________________ ATTORNEY: Is your appearance here this morning pursuant to a deposition notice which I sent to your attorney? WITNESS: No, this is how I dress when I go to work. ______________________________________ ATTORNEY: Doctor , how many of your autopsies have you performed on dead people? WITNESS: All of them. The live ones put up too much of a fight. _________________________________________ ATTORNEY: ALL your responses MUST be oral, OK? What school did you go to? WITNESS: Oral... _________________________________________ ATTORNEY: Do you recall the time that you examined the body? WITNESS: The autopsy started around 8:30 PM ATTORNEY: And Mr. Denton was dead at the time? WITNESS: If not, he was by the time I finished. ____________________________________________ ATTORNEY: Are you qualified to give a urine sample? WITNESS: Are you qualified to ask that question? ______________________________________ And last: ATTORNEY: Doctor, before you performed the autopsy, did you check for a pulse? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: Did you check for blood pressure? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: Did you check for breathing? WITNESS: No.. ATTORNEY: So, then it is possible that the patient was alive when you began the autopsy? WITNESS: No. ATTORNEY: How can you be so sure, Doctor? WITNESS: Because his brain was sitting on my desk in a jar. ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless? WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law. ATTORNEY: I see, but could the patient have still been alive, nevertheless? WITNESS: Yes, it is possible that he could have been alive and practicing law.:)#
  15. 6 points
    His wife Rosalynn Carter is 92 years today She should also been included next years list.
  16. 6 points
    MARCH On March 3, Roger Bannister's run came to an end, but died quicker than I would've liked as he only gets me 15 base points and 6 unique points for 21 total. the_engineer had him on his subs bench (note that due to their lack of bonuses, subs do not remove uniqueness from a pick that is only on one main team) and gets 25. On the same day as Bannister's death, we saw a Tasmanian deviled. Vanessa Goodwin was a good one for 3 teams, with 35 points going to deadsox and RadGuy and 30 to Uschi. On March 11, Ken Dodd doddered on no more, giving Bibliogryphon his first points with the 25-point sub hit. The points for Stephen Hawking are no longer theoretical, with him dying on March 14 and both Exu (who is now on the board) and Prophet getting 20 points for wheeling him into their teams. APRIL April last year had a smattering of notable passings, but only two are relevant to here, and both are unique hits who you might've thought were on more teams. Former US First Lady, literacy advocate, and chairwoman of the Simpsons Fan Club Barbara Bush died on April 17. Only Toast picked her, getting on the board with 25 base points and 10 more for uniqueness, giving her 35 in total. On April 21, the ever-so-dangerous World's Oldest Person title passed its baton once more with the death of Nabi Tajima. Despite looking out of it for years, she managed to hang on long enough to become the third oldest person ever and the oldest to set foot into this century. time gets 35 base points and 14 bonus for 49. MAY We've seen the oldest man and oldest woman score in the 2018 HPDP, now it's the oldest Briton's turn with heavens to Bessie Camm on May 11. She got 45 points for Pedro and 10 for maryport. I expected to have to give the lowdown on how a dozen teams benefit from Tessa Jowell's May 12 death, but she was surprisingly only on 5. 35 points for deadsox, 30 for Sean, and 20 for msc, Pedro, and The Unknown Man. Boy of '66 Ray Wilson was 86ed on May 15, making FixedBusiness gain 50 points and becoming the first team to hit both of his subs. In the clearing lies Dean Francis, whose knockout on May 25 proved heavyweight for maryport (40 points), featherweight for msc (20) and bantamweight for gcreptile (10). Scoreboard for up to the end of May, with Goodwin's death making it a tight race at the top as both Uschi and Rad inch past the Captain: 1. Uschi 156 2. RadGuy 155.3 3. CaptainChorizo 149 4. Sean 137.4 5. FixedBusiness 125 6. Death Impends 116.1 7. deadsox 115 8. time 112.5 9. The Unknown Man 105 10. Prophet 101.1 11. Pedro67 100 12. maryportfuncity 95 13. Rotten Ali 87 14. Sir Creep 84 15. the_engineer 80 16. msc 75 17. The Dead Cow 71 18. Book 60 19. drol 51.1 20. gcreptile 36 21. Toast 35 22. Bibliogryphon 25 23. Exu 20 24. Lord Fellatio Nelson 10 =25. Everyone else 0
  17. 5 points
    Bob: Hey Dave, ya know the fat dude in all those old movies? Dave: John Candy? Bob: Nah man, I mean the masturbating one, Ernest Borgnine. Dave: Ok, what about him? Bob: Nuthin', just thought of him all of a sudden. Wonder what he's up to? Dave: Isn't he like old and stuff? Bob: Yah, bet he'd be worth a ton of points in deadpools. Dave: I could use some extra cash. Let's enter an online deadpool or whatever. Bob: Good thinking....Hey, googling deadpools and the fat dude's name gave me this site with a funny skull. Dave: Cool. Bob: ......Ah crap, they say he's dead and shit. Fucking hell. Quick, think of someone else. Dave: Uhh, the dude who made those Ford cars, Henry I think, has a super old wife. Betty or something. Bob: Brilliant!
  18. 5 points
  19. 5 points
    It feels hypocritical to complain about people not knowing all of the popular deadpool picks and then groan about how much of a nobody someone of clear repute with UK audiences is. I can't say I knew her myself due to age and location but she clearly was beloved by those who did grow up with her work.
  20. 5 points
    Until you actually know who and what the fuck you are talking about to add sarcasm to your post, shut the fuck up and let the grown ups pay homage to a fabulous character actress who had an extensive career on TV and the stage. OK?
  21. 5 points
    One of those tidbits I never realized till recently was that both living guaranteed QO names left from 1912 (Roberta McCain the other) are surviving halves of a pair of twins.
  22. 5 points
    Are you talking about Ginger's general condition there, or your good self?
  23. 5 points
  24. 5 points
    And the Day 2 table and overall standings: Match Day 2 - Wednesday 21st August 2019 - 7 games (Maximum Points: 21) En Passant 6 points (4 - 1) Wee Jum 5 points (3 - 1) Grim Up North 5 points (3 - 1) msc 5 points (5 - 0) Great Uncle Bulgaria 3 points (3 - 0) Bibliogryphon 4 points (4 - 0) Paul Bearer 4 points (4 - 0) RedRumours 3 points (3 - 0) Deathray 2 points (2 - 0) Standings After: Match Day 2 - 12 games (Maximum Points: 36) (Player, Points, Correct Winners, Correct Scores) 1 ) Wee Jum 12 points (6 - 3) 2 ) Paul Bearer 8 points (8 - 0) = 3 ) Great Uncle Bulgaria 6 points (4 - 1) = 3 ) En Passant 6 points (4 - 1) = 3 ) Grim Up North 6 point (4 - 1) = 6 ) Redrumours 6 points (6 - 0) = 6 ) Bibliogryphon 6 points (6 - 0) 8 ) msc 5 points (5 - 0) 9 ) Deathray 2 points (2 - 0) *Tie-Breaks settled by most points from fewest games placing higher.
  25. 5 points
    Well, I never thought I would ever win this competition and I certainly wouldn't have if not for the massive favour provided by Vanessa Marquez and the South Pasadena police. So, cheers Nessa, this one's for you.
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