publication date: Thursday, February 8, 2018 (part of Winter 2018)

category: Sports

clue: Born of Clay, it took this fighter years to shake off charges of dodging the draft.

explanation: Ali, born Cassius Clay, was famously a conscientious objector to the Vietnam War. more…

difficulty: very easy

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

player landmarks: This was the first goo solved by Mark VanZorn.

trivia: Muhammad Ali (1998) was a very early goo created in bad taste, turning his Parkinson's disease into a "mover and shaker" joke. From then on, tastelessness became part of the game's DNA. It turned up in many goos like Terri Schiavo and Isadora Duncan and Lisa Lopes, and allowed for an entire "Naked Week" of nude celebrities. Sometimes it happened just because of in-jokes between friends, and sometimes it was merely reflected in choosing unpopular subjects for goos. –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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