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Every year, a goodly amount of us get together to pick 75 names of people that we think will die within the next year.  And I know what you’re thinking: Zsa Zsa!  (I told you not to judge.)  I know, I know.  She’s had one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel for ages now.  But only ONE person gets to draft her.  Once a name is picked, it cannot be picked by anyone else.

Now, you may think that 75 names is a lot.  But once you get going, you’ll find it hard to keep it at 75.  As a matter of fact, we recommend having about 150 names on your list, so that you will have extras when Nancy Reagan is picked (by me).  Plus, I have a few websites that I am willing to share so that you can scroll through when you are out of ideas (or if you need to see if they are still alive).  These sites are at the bottom of this posting.

Now, there’s a point system involved here.  The older they are, they less points.  So you don’t want to only pick people who have dust come out when they cough.  A Nancy Reagan in her 90s is only worth 10 points.  If they are in their 80s, they are worth 20 points.  70s is worth 30 points and so on.  (A Swayze in his 50s is worth 50 points)

The person with the most points, gets paid $10.00 from everyone else in the pool at the end of the year.  And you can go get it.  I don’t have the energy to track these people down and get their cash.  But I can give you their phone numbers…

If you plan on coming, we need to know ASAP because Gianna needs to know how much food to prepare.

If you are not coming, you can still submit a list.  Simply e-mail the list in the order that you would like them drafted.  This is very important.  If you want to see Colin Farrell die (and who doesn’t) it may not be wise to make him your #1 pick while Abe Vigoda is down at number 85.

You can send your list as a Word Document, Excel spreadsheet or even in the body of the e-mail, the format really doesn’t matter as long as I can copy & paste &/or print it up.

The deaths must occur between midnight on Halloween night 2010 and midnight on Halloween night 2011.  if there are any hits between draft night and midnight on Halloween night, the drafter will get a week to re-pick.

The picks should be people should be of some note.  If you go an pull the “list-of-people-in-the-cancer-ward” trick, The Ghoul Pool Administrator will have to invoke the Douche-Bag Rule.  We’re here to have fun folks.  Now, if you picked all celebrities with cancer, have at it.

Here are some research websites:

http://www.deadoraliveinfo.com/ lets you know who’s dead and who’s alive.

http://dpsinfo.com/dps/ – The Dead People Server

http://www.whosaliveandwhosdead.com/ – this one has a nifty mailing list to keep you updated on any deaths.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Lists_of_people – want to rock a theme?  Here’s a link to lists of people that might help.

https://irrationalmonkeys.wordpress.com/ – this is the Ghoul Pool Blog – you can download this year’s list from here (yes, you cansteal from other people’s old list)

Get cracking on those lists!

happy pooling,

SPMI

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