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Dead Pool Latest: July 2017

An extraordinary entry this month: more than ONE QUARTER of the entries named Queen’s husband Prince Philip as the one likely to die.

If this happens its going to be one hell of a draw to find the winner. See what happened last for May when 2 people picked Roger Moore.

2017 july dead pool at Dr Paul Quiz
The Greek Dominates

This is the full list.

Angela Lansbury
Barry Chuckle
Bernie Sanders
Billy Connolly
Billy Connolly
Billy Connolly
Billy Connolly
Billy Ray Cyrus
Brian Blessed
Brian Wilson
Bruce Forsyth
Bruce Forsyth
Bruce Forsyth
Bruce Forsyth
Bruce Forsyth
Burt Reynolds
Charles Manson
Charlie Sheen
Cher
Christopher Tolkein
Clive James
David Attenborough
David Attenborough
David Attenborough
Diana Ross
Donald Trump
Donald Trump
Donald Trump
Elton John
Fred Durst
George Bush Sr.
Ian McKellen
Jack Nicholson
Jerry Lee Lewis
Jim Davidson
Jim Davidson
Joni Mitchell
Judi Dench
Katy Perry
Kirk Douglas
Kris Jenner
Michael Heseltine
Michael Schumacher
Michel Roux Senior
Mick Jagger
Mikhail Gorbachev
Muhammad Ali
Murray Walker
Nigel Farage
Pete Docherty
Pete Docherty
Phil Collins
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Prince Philip
Rolf Harris
Rutger Hauer
Sean Connery
Sean Connery
Sean Connery
Shane McGowan
Stefan Karl Stefansson
The Queen
The Queen
Theresa May
Theresa May
Theresa May
Theresa May
Thom Yorke
Van Morrison
William Shatner
Willie Nelson

Check the amount of pure PHIL in that list. Twenty six of the ninety-five entries were for the Queen’s add-on.

Phil In Charge

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What Does “Tir Na Nog” Mean Anyway?

I had a team at the Tolbooth the other night named Tir Na Nog.

The fascinating thing wasn’t that they managed to spell their team name about five different ways in five different rounds, but the name itself.

I was sure I’d seen Ti-Na-Nog several times before in my life and I knew it was something or other Gaelic.

So I just looked it up and it turns out that.

Tír na nÓg

(that’s the Wikipedia way of spelling it, so I’m trusting it) is a “supernatural realm of everlasting youth, beauty, health, abundance and joy.

It’s Irish Gaelic and it comes from an Irish story where a human man (Oisin) falls in love with a woman from Ti Na Nog (Niamh) and travels with her to the land on a magic horse that can fly across water.

After three years he becomes homesick and asks to go back to Ireland, but when he gets back to Ireland he finds that 300 years have passed, falls off his horse becomes very old as soon as he touches the soil and dies, but not before meeting Saint Patrick and rejecting Christianity.

For the full story, youtube provides:

 

 

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Monday Drama At The Quiz

The drama is yours to be written.

7pm – Brass Monkey Leith. Jackpot £150. Cheat: Martin Solveig & GTA (see vid)

9pm – Safari Lounge. Jackpot £120. Cheat: Pic round includes Termite.

The music video is kinda meaningless and the tune is forgettable but there is some decent dancing in there. Almost worth a watch on its own but not quite. The only reason to click would be to get a heads up on one of tonight’s music round selects.

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So Damn Close

This is what a team looks like when they were so damn close to the money.

so close to the money
so close…

They were probably one question out. Looks to me like it was for about £200.

But the right answer eluded them and now they have nothing except sullen regret.

Apart from the guy in the middle. He’s not playing along, he’s giving it the “not bothered”. Who knows. Maybe he isn’t bothered.

I’ve no way of telling.

I’m a quizmaster, not a mindreader.

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Delusional Yank?

We had some septics in at the Newsroom last week and one of them claimed that although Dr Paul was cool, it wasn’t as cool his name: “Johnny Fever”.

He said he was from Cincinnati, Ohio and worked for a radio station there. He gave me the call sign (a jumble of letters) and I was immediately reminded of the old sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati.

So, I just looked up his name on the internet to see if I had met a local celebrity from Ohio and lo and behold, there was a character with this name on that very show.

So I’m guessing this guy at the Newsroom was a delusional. Or sick. Or maybe even right. I don’t know. Everyone’s such a liar these days.

The actor is called Howard Hesseman and even though it’s thirty five years later, I still don’t think my guy looked like the sitcom guy.

Who knows?

Unresolved.

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Thursday Edinburgh Quizzes

Come and grab some quiz fun and win cash. TONIGHT!

7pm – Argyle Bar (Cellar). Jackpot £30. Cheat news: Music round includes Klaxons (see vid below).

9pm – The Newsroom. Jackpot £100. Cheat: One of the answers in the picture round is penguin

The Klaxons are here at Glastonbury in 2007.

I am of a generally liberal and liberated mindset but I will punch you in the throat if you say “Glasto”. For some reason that shit winds me up.

I cannae go it.

Anyway – The Klaxons were a fun group in the zeroes but the original of this song is much older and comes from the time in the early 90s when rave culture was fingering the pop charts for the first time.

The act was called Kicks Like A Mule

Unlike a lot of the poppier rave chart stuff like 2 Unlimited, this was a chart hit that did actually sound similar to stuff that was getting played at actual raves.

Anyway, there’s nowt more boring than an old quizmaster raving on about the days of rave, so I’ll shut the fuck up now.

But do listen. The original is here. It is great:

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Wednesday Quiz Info

7pm The Joker & The Thief. Jackpot: £90. Cheat: Music round contains Midge Ure (see vid)

9pm The Brass Monkey. Jackpot £30. Cheat: Pic round includes Turkish Delight

I remember 1985 when the Midge Ure video came out and everyone was freaking out about the pin-screen thing.

I’m pretty sure they did a feature about it on Blue Peter.

The pin thing was a like a revolution of entertainment.

It was as if life would never be the same again now the pin thing had arrived. Life was going to be different.

The craze lasted roughly seventeen minutes and by 1986 your pin-screen was the most passe thing of all time. You were already a retard if you still had one, despite being the coolest kid in school a matter of week earlier.

Now you can get em in the poundy and if I’m in there getting shit prizes for the quiz and I spot one, I still always think of Midge Ure.

Such was the power of this video.

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May Team Names

Ah, it took me a wee while this month to get round to doing this:

Team names at Dr Paul quiz during May 2017
Team names at Dr Paul quiz during May 2017

It’s team names which caught my eye during the month of May.

The standout weirdness is ‘SIBLINGS WITH BENEFITS‘.

They were at the Tolbooth one night.

Doesn’t that team name just give you the heebie jeebies?

The team were indeed a grown-up male persona and a grown-up female person. So you never know.

They were grinning, broadly. I couldn’t even stomach to ask them for the detail or the truth. Just in case it was real.

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Bullshit Story From The Pub Turns Out To Be True

I’ve heard a lot of bullshit stories over the years and this one at the Safari had the signs.

  1. Woman was hearty pished.
  2. She looked like she’d stopped talking any kind of sense about twenty years ago.
  3. Story was appended with “it’s true, it really is. Look it up.”
  4. Sounds bonkers.

Anyway – the story was that the Irish Catholic church had MOVED St Patricks Day one year, just to fit in with Easter.

I was thinking “How can you move a fixed feast?” Surely everyone knows St Patrick’s Day is the 17th March and that’s fixed.

But weirdly enough, all these months later and I’ve got round to looking it up… and it IS true.

It happened in 2008

Howza!

Those wacky bishops!

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/irish_bishops_move_st._patricks_day_2008_over_conflict_with_holy_week/

 

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