publication date: Saturday, February 17, 2018 (part of Winter 2018)

category: Government

clue: This brainy doctor was nominated for HUD secretary soon after his Republican rival became president.

intended difficulty: easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, Erik Bates, and Lori Lancaster

trivia: Ben Carson (2015) was the first goo created in ImageMagick, a software library that allowed Funeratic to distort images itself, generating randomized effects that would twist and pull and pinch the images without the aid of an outside program like Photoshop. Carson dominated the news at the time thanks to the presidential election, and I found Carson's name short and easy to type over and over again, so Carson became my guinea pig while testing the form. Hundreds of goos of Carson were made before the work was complete, and I finished off the project with one last "real" goo of Carson. ImageMagick has created almost all goos since. –Scott Hardie

20th Anniversary: Celebrity Goo Game has changed a lot since it began in February 1998. The twenty goos in this theme recreate the twenty most impactful and game-changing goos from the last two decades, in order of their influence. Happy anniversary, goo game!

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