The deadpool itself is a simple thing. It's so simple, it's almost
beautiful. It goes more or less like this:
Pick 40 people
that you think will die in the coming year.
people. Real-obit-worthy. Not blog-, Facebook-, Twitter-, Tumblr-,
CNN, that kind of obit-worthy. Picks that don't get a legitimate obit when they die may not be accepted for scoring.
Put those 40 names in
your spelling. (For simplicity's sake, the default spelling source will
be Wikipedia. If your pick doesn't have a Wikipedia entry, that's
probably a sign that you should consider picking someone else.) Order them last name first,
then first name,
by a brief
than 10 words) description
Then number your list
from 1 to 40.
If you have more or fewer than 40 names,
you're doin' it wrong.
A properly prepared list should look something like this:
1. Bush, Barbara (former First Lady)
2. Bush, George H.W. (41st U.S. President)
3. Bush, George W. (43rd U.S. President)
4. Cheney, Dick (former Vice-President)
A few words about pick eligibility: Picks may be rejected for any or all of the following reasons. Good questions to ask yourself before submitting a list
- Is this
person primarily notable for the manner in which he or she will die? If
they weren't notable before their terminal illness or other fatal condition, they
aren't notable enough now. Relatedly, people on death row are generally
not acceptable picks unless (a) their level of fame is such that their
death would have been newsworthy even before their crime and/or
punishment (e.g., Saddam Hussein), or (b) their crime or some element
of their punishment is newsworthy enough that they have wide name
recognition (e.g., Timothy McVeigh, Ted Bundy).
- If this
person is a relative of a famous person, is he or she also
independently notable? We
recognize that this is an increasingly gray area. (If it were up to us,
no one outside of their family and circle of friends would have heard
of the Kardashians.) If you're not sure, submit it and the Rules
Committee will decide.
- Is this
person primarily notable for being an "-est"? "Oldest
so-and-so," "last such-and-such," "tallest this-or-that," etc., picks
will likely be rejected unless they're also notable on another basis or
have especially wide name recognition. Relatedly, supergeezers (110+)
will not be accepted unless they were notable prior to/independent of their advanced
this person is primarily known for accomplishments at the
regional level, is he or she also well known at the national and/or
international level? Another gray area. If
you're not sure, submit it and the Rules Committee will decide.
- Might this person have died in a previous year?
If no solid information is available about whether someone is alive or
dead, you might want to consider picking someone else, because if it
becomes known that they died in a previous year, they won't be counted
for your score this year, and you'll have wasted a pick. (We call this
the Fossett Rule.) If you submit a pick who's definitely already died, your intelligence may be called into question.
When you've completed your list, send
your list as text in
the body of an email
(i.e., not as an attachment or
) to email@example.com
with the email subject
line "[your player
name]'s [year] Deadpool List."
For example, if your player name is "Hulka" and you're submitting a
list for 2017, the subject line should be "Hulka's 2017 Deadpool List."
You must include your real name, your player name, and your contact
email address in the body of the submission email.
Only one list per player, please.
Lists must be
submitted by 7 P.M. Eastern time
(4 P.M. Pacific
time) on December 31
All submitted lists will receive a response, either acknowledging that
the list is good to go or requesting replacement pick(s). If for some
reason you don't get a response within a day of list submission, please
For scoring rules, please see the scoring
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