Whether or not you're one of the millions of Americans expected to watch the solar eclipse on August 21, you can enjoy this collection of eclipse-inspired goos, an easy way to wrap up the Summer 2017 season. Seven eclipse goos will run on the week of August 20-26, with three bonus goos to follow soon afterwards.



Arnel Pineda

publication date: Thursday, August 31, 2017

category: Music

clue: This onetime homeless Filipino went from singing on YouTube to fronting a major classic rock band, but their second album with him wasn't as much of a hit as the first.

explanation: Pineda's second album with Journey was titled Eclipse. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Jesse King, and Elaine Beckland


Phil Whitaker

publication date: Wednesday, August 30, 2017

category: Literature

clue: This British doctor had never been to India when he wrote his first novel about as astronomical event there.

explanation: Whitaker's first novel was Eclipse of the Sun. more…

difficulty: hard

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Matthew Preston, Jesse King, and Elaine Beckland

trivia: Unlike most goos which are created directly on the site by filling out a form, Scott created these images offsite in Photoshop and uploaded them to the server. He obviously got the two images backwards when he named the files, but since he wasn't paying close attention to the game that week, he didn't realize he had made the error until the week was over and someone pointed it out.


Ali Larter

publication date: Tuesday, August 29, 2017

category: Movies

clue: This star of horror movies about residents, destinations, and hills, who previously appeared in Celebrity Goo Game as a fictional model, also played triplets who gained superhero powers in an eclipse.

explanation: Larter starred in House on Haunted Hill as well as the Resident Evil and Final Destination films. She played triplets in the television series Heroes. She posed as fictional model Allegra Coleman in a 2006 hoax. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Jesse King, and Elaine Beckland


Soleil Moon Frye

publication date: Saturday, August 26, 2017

category: Television

clue: She was a punky child star, she roomed with a teenage witch in college, and today she hosts a reality show about making home simple. What does she have to do with the sun and moon lining up? It's all in her name.

explanation: Frye has starred in Punky Brewster, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and Home Made Simple. Her first name is the French word for sun. more…

difficulty: easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Jesse King, and Elaine Beckland


Arthur Eddington

publication date: Friday, August 25, 2017

category: Science

clue: This British astronomer had to go to Africa to prove Einstein right.

explanation: Eddington's observations during a 1919 eclipse in Africa produced some of the first confirmations of Einstein's theory of relativity. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Jesse King, and Elaine Beckland


Roger Waters

publication date: Thursday, August 24, 2017

category: Music

clue: Everything under the sun was in tune with this bandleader eclipsed on the dark side of the moon.

explanation: Waters wrote and sang Pink Floyd's "Eclipse" from the album The Dark Side of the Moon, with the lyrics "everything under the sun is in tune, but the sun is eclipsed by the moon." more…

difficulty: easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, and Jesse King


Mark Zuckerberg

publication date: Wednesday, August 23, 2017

category: Internet

clue: Is it good luck to be born during an eclipse? It was for this social media CEO, one of the five richest people on Earth.

explanation: Zuckerberg was born during a lunar eclipse in 1984. more…

difficulty: easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Jesse King, and Elaine Beckland


Taylor Lautner

publication date: Tuesday, August 22, 2017

category: Movies

clue: He co-starred in a 2010 movie called Eclipse, playing a man who can become a giant wolf (with or without the presence of a full moon).

explanation: Lautner starred in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, Richard Slominsky, Jesse King, and Elaine Beckland


Thales

publication date: Monday, August 21, 2017

category: Philosophy

clue: This ancient Greek is considered the first person to predict an eclipse, ending a war of five years when the eclipse motivated the soldiers to lay down their arms.

explanation: Thales of Miletus is considered the first major Greek philosopher and famously predicted an eclipse in 585 BC, during which the war between the Medes and Lydians came to a sudden end. His prediction has been challenged in modern times because it shouldn't have been possible with the understanding of astronomy during his era. more…

difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Joanna Woods, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Jesse King, and Elaine Beckland


Mark Twain

publication date: Sunday, August 20, 2017

category: Literature

clue: One of America's most celebrated authors and humorists wrote about a Connecticut Yankee using an eclipse to save his life in King Arthur's court.

difficulty: easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Matthew Preston, Richard Slominsky, Jesse King, and Elaine Beckland