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Estuarian Float's Photo Estuarian Float 14 Jan 2012

New pool for 2012! Totally different. Pick 12 news headlines that you made up yourself. 12 news headlines that you predict will be seen in 2012. Whoever does the best job of predicting the events of 2012 will win the pool.

How to enter: The competition will take place on this thread. Going by your DL name, no guests allowed. Clearly number and distinguish the 12 headlines. Use proper grammar. A headline cannot exceed 12 words. Deadline for headlines... is January 19 (the day of my first DDP casualty...)


Scoring: You will be awarded points for each word that matches up between your predicted headline and the real-life headline. The number of points for a word depends on how many letters are in that word. (example: "is" is worth 2 points, "earthquake" is worth 10 points.) YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR POSTING THE REAL-LIFE HEADLINES. It is up to you to decide what real-life headline you want to settle for. When posting your headline to the thread for your point reward, include the link of the internet news source where the headline is and the number that corresponds to the headline on your predictions list. After submitting, that headline of yours will be crossed off the master list, and you will not be able to submit a match for that headline again. The news headline will be invalid if the article is January 19 or older.

Bonuses!: If you include a number in your headline and it matches a number in the real-life headline, you will be rewarded a points bonus of the sum of the number's digits. (example: In the headline "27 Belgian partiers die in apartment collapse" you would get 9 points (2+7) for guessing 27 Belgian partiers.) The number must describe something tangible to get the added bonus. No bonus points for "Etta James dies at 73". And please.. lets try not to make too many celebrity death headlines. Im trying to make this fun...


Acceptable News Sources:

LIST GONE. Any major professional online news source is acceptable. No local news. No blogs.

Your Host: I am going to be graduating high school in a few months. Im thinking about disconnecting from this awful, compulsive, electronic American culture when its all over. Not necessarily leaving America, but getting away from the hypnosis of TV and computers. So that would require me to part from the deathpool community. :( In that case, I'll either just end the competition right there or hand it off to someone else to take care of.


If my mind went blank at some point in writing this and forgot to mention an important detail, let me know and I will address it after this statement in this first post. You can also suggest more news sources to me during submission time.

  • You cannot play a headline that speculates an event we already know is coming. Such as "Little Sasha Obama celebrates 11th birthday"
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Estuarian Float's Photo Estuarian Float 14 Jan 2012

SCOREBOARD

64 =Paul Bearer
59 =maryportfuncity
51 =Handrejka
49 =EST. 1993
32 =angryGreatness
17 =Windsor
0 =Achelous
0 =msc
0 =The Unknown Man
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Estuarian Float's Photo Estuarian Float 14 Jan 2012

MASTERLIST
 
Achelous

1. Farmer Trampled To Death By Cows
2. Escaped Bull Shot By Police Marksman
3. Beef Withdrawn From Shelves After Health Scare
4. Matador Gored By Bull Dies
5. Prime Minister Criticised For Eating Veal
6. Tourist Gored In Pamplona Bull Run
7. Escaped Cow Causes Motorway Chaos
8. Cattle Rustling On The Increase
9. Foot And Mouth Outbreak Confirmed
10. Diane Abbott Hurt By "Stupid Cow" Jibe
11. Abbatoir Workers Announce Indefinite Strike
12. Sensational Scenes As Cows Overthrow Humans And Start New World Order

angryGreatness

1. Mitt Romney wins Republican nomination
2. Barack Obama wins re-election
3. Assad government falls
4. Zsa Zsa Gabor rushed to hospital
5. Gibb looses cancer battle
6. Mubarak found guilty
7. Snow kills several in Northeastern USA
8. Hurricane makes landfall in Southern USA
9. Death toll in Bangladesh rises
10. Iran attempts to close Straight of Hormuz
11. In Memoriam: Nelson Mandela
12. In Memoriam: Margaret Thatcher

EST. 1993

1. Michael Phelps takes silver at Olympic games
2. Hostess stops production of several products; Ding Dongs ditched
3. Breaking News: Boston, Mass. under attack
4. Cyclone Guchol kills 220 in Thailand
5. Adam Sandler's 'Hotel Transylvania' flops at box office
6. Smirnoff introduces new cinnamon flavor
7. 2012: Hottest Summer Ever Recorded
8. Five tornadoes strike Louisville, KY area; 2 dead
9. Wikipedia threatened by financial struggles
10. Hurricane Ernesto leaves little damage behind
11. Radio host Don Imus announces his cancer is terminal
12. President Obama declares martial law on United States

Handrejka

1. Prince Philip to miss Golden Jubilee Celebrations.
2. Olympic Opening Ceremony Marred by Tragedy
3. Olympic Disappointment for British Hopefuls
4. Baby Tragedy for Kate and Wills
5. Baby Joy for Kate and Wills
6. "Yes I'm Gay" declares Travolta. Tom Cruise Unavailable for Comment
7. Third Oscar for Streep.
8. Thousands feared dead in Indonesian Earthquake.
9. Hurricane Headed for UK.
10. North-South Devide Widens
11. Is this proof that ghosts exist? View amazing photos here.
12. Margaret Thatcher 1925-2012

maryportfuncity

1. Bee Gee Robin Gibb Dies
2 .Ennis Has to Settle for Silver
3. Syrian President in Hiding
4. Syrian President Dead
5. Barcelona Retain Champions League Trophy
6. Mayan Prediction Fails, It's 22 December
7. Surprise Olympic Gold for Britain.
8. Millband Denies Leadership Problems
9. Republicans Rally Round Beleagured Candidate
10. Obama Scrapes Home
11. Coalition in Crisis Talks
12. Eurozone Faces New Crisis

msc

1. Penalty Horror for England
2. Cameron: "Something Said Rashly" Gains Minor Poll Boost
3. Insert Immigration Story Here
4. Three Battered in Chip Shop
5. Murdoch Sells Sun (Buys Planet)
6. Philip Makes Amusing Gaffe; Dies
7. GOP Defend Sense of Humour; Nominate Roemer.
8. Body Found in Graveyard
9. He's No Stayin' Alive!
10. Olympic Tragedy for British Hopeful; Crocodile Interviewed.
11. "Dont Let Stress Kill You!" Osborne will help

Paul Bearer

1.Margaret Thatcher dead
2.Three die as cruise ship sinks
3.Plane crashes on landing
4.Bird flu returns
5.Freezing conditions return
6.Prince Philip back in hospital
7.Crazed knifeman stabs four
8.Crazed gunman kills classmates and then klls himself
9.Crazed postal worker goes on the rampage
10.Phew! What a scorcher!
11.Cow tramples woman walking dog
12.Deathlist.net scores 50/50 for the first time ever. Grim Reaper delighted

The Unknown Man

1. Mayan doomsday rumors prove false
2. Robin Gibb loses cancer battle
3. Zsa Zsa Gabor dies at 95
4. Obama wins re-election
5. Tariq Aziz hanged
6. Etta James dead
7. In Memoriam: Fidel Castro
8. In Memoriam: Harper Lee
9. Margeret Thatcher dies
10. Ayman Al-Zawahiri killed
11. Hosni Mubarak found guilty
12. Yitzhak Shamir dead

Windsor

1. Ken Livingstone wins Mayoral race.
2. SNP gain in local elections.
3. [E] Milliband loses Labour leadership.
4. Chris Huhne loses cabinet spot.
5. Mitt Romney wins GOP nomination.
6. Britain has disappointing Olympic medal haul.
7. Alex Salmond's affair exposed.
8. Queen's Westminster speech infuriates SNP.
9. Palace announces Kate pregnancy.
10. Katie Price marries again.
11. President Obama races to victory.
12. It's official: David Walliams isn't funny - just a desperate publicity whore.
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deadsox's Photo deadsox 14 Jan 2012

I applaud your desire to retreat from modern electronic culture. You may find it difficult to do it and still remain employed but you should look for small ways to do so on your own time (don't watch TV, refrain from "smart phones", etc.) I suggest you also look into meditation, exercise, eating non-processed food and reading classics. Oh, yes and my headline is "Man Bites Dog". Best of luck 93.
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Paul Bearer's Photo Paul Bearer 14 Jan 2012

Damn you deadsox. You took my headline. OK then, how about ' Margaret Thatcher dead'







Shit! Just read it again. You want 12 headlines?
Edited by Paul Bearer, 14 January 2012 - 01:08 PM.
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deadsox's Photo deadsox 14 Jan 2012

View PostPaul Bearer, on 14 January 2012 - 01:07 PM, said:

Damn you deadsox. You took my headline. OK then, how about ' Margaret Thatcher dead'







Shit! Just read it again. You want 12 headlines?

Thanks for the tip PB. I too was a careless reader. Rest assured that I'll give my next 11 headlines the same careful analysis and contemplation as my first.
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deadsox's Photo deadsox 14 Jan 2012

My second headline:

"Man dies at 69"
sub head: "Partner Survives"
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ImissMontpellier's Photo ImissMontpellier 14 Jan 2012

I have another about the iron lady "The Iron Lady turned to ashes"

another Pope benedict XVI dead
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Handrejka's Photo Handrejka 14 Jan 2012

Ok. I'll play.

Prince Philip to miss Golden Jubilee Celebrations.
Olympic Opening Ceremony Marred by Tragedy
Olympic Disappointment for British Hopefuls
Baby Tragedy for Kate and Wills
Baby Joy for Kate and Wills (can I hedge my bets like that)
"Yes I'm Gay" declares Travolta. Tom Cruise Unavailable for Comment
Third Oscar for Streep.
Thousands feared dead in Indonesian Earthquake.
Hurricane Headed for UK.
North-South Devide Widens
Is this proof that ghosts exist? View amazing photos here.
Margaret Thatcher 1925-2012





Ooops, just seen the bit about you not being around in a few months which nulls my Olympic and Jubilee ones. Hmm
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Paul Bearer's Photo Paul Bearer 14 Jan 2012

1.Margaret Thatcher dead
2.Three die as cruise ship sinks
3.Plane crashes on landing
4.Bird flu returns
5.Freezing conditions return
6.Prince Philip back in hospital
7.Crazed knifeman stabs four
8.Crazed gunman kills classmates and then klls himself
9.Crazed postal worker goes on the rampage (Is there some kind of pattern here?)
10.Phew! What a scorcher!
11.Cow tramples woman walking dog
12.Deathlist.net scores 50/50 for the first time ever. Grim Reaper delighted
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angryGreatness's Photo angryGreatness 14 Jan 2012

-Mitt Romney wins Republican nomination
-Barack Obama wins re-election
-Assad government falls
-Zsa Zsa Gabor rushed to hospital
-Gibb looses cancer battle
-Mubarak found guilty
-Snow kills several in Northeastern USA
-Hurricane makes landfall in Southern USA
-Death toll in Bangladesh rises
-Iran attempts to close Straight of Hormuz
-In Memoriam: Nelson Mandela
-In Memoriam: Margaret Thatcher
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Estuarian Float's Photo Estuarian Float 14 Jan 2012

View PostPaul Bearer, on 14 January 2012 - 03:47 PM, said:

1.Margaret Thatcher dead
2.Three die as cruise ship sinks
3.Plane crashes on landing
4.Bird flu returns
5.Freezing conditions return
6.Prince Philip back in hospital
7.Crazed knifeman stabs four
8.Crazed gunman kills classmates and then klls himself
9.Crazed postal worker goes on the rampage (Is there some kind of pattern here?)
10.Phew! What a scorcher!
11.Cow tramples woman walking dog
12.Deathlist.net scores 50/50 for the first time ever. Grim Reaper delighted

A cruise ship has sunk in Italy. 3 are found dead

http://news.yahoo.co...-134340580.html

Did you already know?
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Estuarian Float's Photo Estuarian Float 14 Jan 2012

Addressing people's questions and such..

Yes, I want 12 headlines from each player.

You get points for each word that matches the headlines, so if youre trying to catch points, you'll wanna use adjectives, full names and all that. A strategy like that will raise your chances of matching words and scoring.

Because scoring depends on the words.. NO MERCY FOR MISSPELLED WORDS! I see some up there right now. Unless you find a misspelled news article..

And keep all your headlines on one post.

And i dont see many utilizing the number bonus..

And Im changing one thing about the numbers. Spelled out numbers WILL be equivalent to digit numbers.
To Handrejka, I'll likely just hand it off to anyone who wants to take over if I dont have internet access this summer. One person could take over, or multiple people could watch the scoreboard. So dont feel like you cant include Olympic headlines.

I havent recorded any entries yet, so may edit your entries for now. I may record whatever full entries are up on Monday.
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Windsor's Photo Windsor 14 Jan 2012

I only need one: Alex Salmond Dies.
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The Unknown Man's Photo The Unknown Man 14 Jan 2012

I have a few:
Mayan doomsday rumors prove false
Robin Gibb loses cancer battle
Zsa Zsa Gabor dies at 95
Obama wins re-election
Tariq Aziz hanged
Etta James dead
In Memoriam: Fidel Castro
In Memoriam: Harper Lee
Margeret Thatcher dies
Ayman Al-Zawahiri killed
Hosni Mubarak found guilty
Yitzhak Shamir dead
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Paul Bearer's Photo Paul Bearer 15 Jan 2012

View PostEST.1993, on 14 January 2012 - 09:19 PM, said:

View PostPaul Bearer, on 14 January 2012 - 03:47 PM, said:

1.Margaret Thatcher dead
2.Three die as cruise ship sinks
3.Plane crashes on landing
4.Bird flu returns
5.Freezing conditions return
6.Prince Philip back in hospital
7.Crazed knifeman stabs four
8.Crazed gunman kills classmates and then klls himself
9.Crazed postal worker goes on the rampage (Is there some kind of pattern here?)
10.Phew! What a scorcher!
11.Cow tramples woman walking dog
12.Deathlist.net scores 50/50 for the first time ever. Grim Reaper delighted

A cruise ship has sunk in Italy. 3 are found dead

http://news.yahoo.co...-134340580.html

Did you already know?

Dammit!!!! Up to 5 dead now. http://www.bbc.co.uk...europe-16568760
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maryportfuncity's Photo maryportfuncity 15 Jan 2012

Okay

1. Bee Gee Robin Gibb Dies
2 .Ennis Has to Settle for Silver
3. Syrian President in Hiding
4. Syrian President Dead
5. Barcelona Retain Champions League Trophy
6. Mayan Prediction Fails, It's 22 December
7. Surprise Olympic Gold for Britain.
8. Millband Denies Leadership Problems
9. Republicans Rally Round Beleagured Candidate
10. Obama Scrapes Home
11. Coalition in Crisis Talks
12. Eurozone Faces New Crisis


Subs bench

13. James Hewitt is Father of Prince Harry
14. Sheik Billionaire: I'll Bring Tevez and Messi to Carlisle!
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msc's Photo msc 15 Jan 2012

Penalty Horror for England
Cameron: "Something Said Rashly" Gains Minor Poll Boost
Insert Immigration Story Here
Three Battered in Chip Shop
Murdoch Sells Sun (Buys Planet)
Philip Makes Amusing Gaffe; Dies
GOP Defend Sense of Humour; Nominate Roemer.
Body Found in Graveyard
He's No Stayin' Alive!
Olympic Tragedy for British Hopeful; Crocodile Interviewed.
"Dont Let Stress Kill You!" Osborne will help.
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maryportfuncity's Photo maryportfuncity 15 Jan 2012

"LOOK AT THE GASH ON THAT!!" BERLUSCONI VISITS WRECKED LINER

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JEREMY KYLE GUESTS ARE BRITAIN'S COOLEST PEOPLE

On the other hand they're not greatly given to reading small print, greatly cognisant of the array of convoluted opinions all of which see them as willing victims of their self-engineered failure or - apparently - possessed of a willingness to directly engage a situation that means those reading this sentence are likely to enjoy greater life chances than those on Jeremy Kyle's show.
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Tuber Mirum's Photo Tuber Mirum 16 Jan 2012

Since when can Fox be considered an acceptable news source?
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