I find this site helpful when I’m not sure of a listee’s status.
I see the rule. My point is that rule 3-g contradicts the un-numbered rule “We have no rule about what constitutes ‘celebrity,’ because it makes our heads hurt to think about this.” My question is whether you will be allowing and arbitrating challenges (per 3-g) or whether you will be allowing everything (per the aforementioned un-numbered rule).
If you’re only famous because you are sick, and not an artist/actor/politician/activist/business leader/whatever, then that is not acceptable. It’s the one exception, if you want to call it that, to just being a “celebrity”. If anyone challenges someone’s submission for some other reason, let’s do it by PM so as not to derail the thread.
I was going to respond with “are you a lawyer?”, but decided to check your profile first. And lo and behold…
Guilty as charged. If there’s one thing we tend to be good at, it’s finding problems with rules.
Prepare to be further humbled: your list has 14 entries.
I would come back at you by pointing out that the rules correctly state that we have no rules about what constitutes a celebrity. We do have rules that state what are valid “picks.” So clearly someone can be both a celebrity and an invalid pick.
What are you, a lawyer?
All right, I’ll play! It’s the Straight Dope All-Star* Sports Edition of the Celebrity Death Pool!
*using the term “All-Star” very loosely…
He’s back to being Prince again. I guess you mean The Artist Known As Prince Who Was Formerly Known As The Artist Formerly Known As Prince.
Mary Tyler Moore
Mike Wallace the CBS reporter btw
I’m going to submit a themed list – the same theme I use every year: Death-Cheating Celebrities
Ruth Bader Ginsberg
John Paul Stevens
Sun Yung Moon
He’s Prince again.
George W. Bush
George H. W. Bush
By Barbara Bush, I mean George W. Bush’s mom, not his daughter.
This is a list of celebrities who have irritated me in the past year.
While I do not actively wish death on them, I wouldn’t mind, for the purposes of this list, if they were culled from the herd in 2012:
Judgement call. Would Ratko Mladic count as a political prisoner?
You have 14 names, so you have to eliminate one or declare one an alternate.
I assume you mean Michael Phelps, as Mark Phelps is the men’s basketball coach at Drake University.
Joe Jackson (father of the Jacksons)
Anders Behring Breivik
Rep. David Wu
James “Brett Maverick”, “Jim Rockford” Garner? I’ve got to know: what did he do to tick you off, Enuma?