Here are the rules for those of you who are new to the Dead Pool or if you’ve forgotten. As per usual, the closing date is the 31st of December to submit your entries.
You need to choose:
- 10 Famous people who are going to peg it,
- 1 Dead Cert, 1 Woman, 1 Maverick
So all in all, a list of 13 different names that should look like this example, which is my list from 2011.
- Your Name
- Ariel Sharon
- Billy Graham
- Ian Brady
- Otto Von Habsburg
- Eli Wallach
- Maureen O’Hara
- Ernest Borgnine
- Olivia De Havilland
- Ray Bradbury
- Mikhail Kalashnikov
- Cert – Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi
- Woman – Aretha Franklin
- Maverick – Ian Huntley
Just to clarify, your Dead Cert can be anyone who you feel is guaranteed to bite the bullet. Your Woman must be of the female gender and your Maverick should be anyone under the age of 50 who is not expected to die.
Now onto the point scoring rules. We take the deceased age into consideration. What you will score is their age at death taken away from 150. So Michael Jackson, who was 50 when he died, would have scored you 100 points. The first death of the year will receive an extra 50 points, the rest thereafter just get the age points. Each of your Big Three will score an astounding 100 points each plus the age points, so make sure you think long and hard so that you can achieve those dizzying high scores! And I think it goes without saying that you are not allowed to cheat by killing the people on your list.
The definition of a famous person is that they must be listed on Wikipedia’s obituary page, so there is no need to limit yourselves to celebs, although there is no reason why you should not.
Prizes? This year we are pushing the boat out. 1st place gets an invisible box full of fresh air, 2nd place gets some mediocre advice and 3rd will get a wooden shaving I found on the carpet, so there’s a lot at stake! Make sure you get those entries in pronto!
As always, if you feel uncomfortable with your email/Twitter name being made somewhat public within our sick little group, tough titties! I need to email you once a week with an update, besides the whole point is that we all interact with each other and have a bit of a laugh.
If you know of anyone who might like to join in, just forward these rules and let them know to email me at mail@TheDeadPool.rip with the title Dead Pool and they will be added to the mailing list. It’s also nice to have a @Twitter name too so we can chat online.