Fall 2011 Tournament
It's been a long and challenging season of the goo game, but now the music has stopped and some players are about to lose their seat in the game. Only one player will remain at the end of the tournament to be crowned the game's 50th winner.
publication date: Tuesday, November 29, 2011
clue: He tried telling Liz what to do, but the results didn't last long.
explanation: Mizrahi was a prominent fashion designer who took over as creative director of Liz Claiborne for one year. His fashion line for the company was a major flop. more…
W.E.B. Du Bois
publication date: Monday, November 28, 2011
clue: Not many Ghanians made history at Niagara Falls.
explanation: Du Bois was a sociologist, historian, and author of Ghanian descent (and later a citizen of Ghana). Among other notable achievements, he founded a civil rights organization at Niagara Falls, called the Niagara Movement. more…
publication date: Friday, November 25, 2011
clue: This leather fetishist has two prominent digits.
explanation: Winkler played Fonzie on Happy Days, known for wearing a leather jacket and giving two thumbs up. more…
publication date: Thursday, November 24, 2011
clue: Even on Thanksgiving, young readers are famished for good adventure stories.
explanation: Collins was the author of the best-selling The Hunger Games. more…
trivia: This goo was published on Thanksgiving Day.
publication date: Wednesday, November 23, 2011
clue: Not everybody on TV can talk to "you," but she could.
explanation: Lewis was a ventriloquist and TV host best known for Lamb Chop, her sock puppet of a childlike ewe. more…
publication date: Tuesday, November 22, 2011
clue: Her marriage was a lot shorter than Kim Kardashian's, and her taste in men a lot more questionable.
explanation: Braun was the longtime companion of Adolf Hitler. They committed suicide together less than two days after marrying at the end of WWII. more…
trivia: This goo was published in the wake of controversy over Kim Kardashian's 72-day marriage.
publication date: Monday, November 21, 2011
clue: May your hope not run short like his did.
explanation: Fox attempted a run across Canada in 1980, called the Marathon of Hope, to raise money for cancer research after losing a leg to the disease. He only made it halfway before the disease took his life, but he is revered today for the effort. more…
trivia: This goo was originally created for GooCon: Villa Ridge, when Scott needed a "running man" for a theme of five goos inspired by Stephen King novels. Scott decided that Fox, a Canadian hero, was not a household name among American players, so he saved the goo for later publication online.
publication date: Friday, November 18, 2011
clue: When men hear the rumbling start, they put their hands in the air.
explanation: Buffer was a boxing and wrestling announcer famous for his pre-match phrase, "Let's get ready to rumble!" The phrase "hands in the air" was a reference to boxers beginning a match by raising their fists to a defensive position. more…
publication date: Thursday, November 17, 2011
clue: Tehran police had more to worry about in 1979 than stolen cars.
explanation: Khonsari directed several best-selling Grand Theft Auto games. As of 2011, he was developing a game set during the Iranian revolution. more…
publication date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011
clue: Some people just don't like SUVs.
explanation: Cottrell was an environmental activist who destroyed eight sport utility vehicles and a Hummer dealership by fire, and was sentenced to eight years in prison. more…
trivia: This goo was originally created for GooCon: Villa Ridge, when Scott needed a "firestarter" for a theme of five goos inspired by Stephen King novels. Scott decided that Cottrell was virtually impossible to guess without research, so he saved the goo for later publication online. When it came time to create the goo, Scott accidentally used a photo of contemporary Christian singer Travis Cottrell, who resembles his arsonist namesake. Several players guessed Travis, and Scott reluctantly decided not to count those guesses correctly because the clue described the arsonist, with apologizes for the mistake.
publication date: Tuesday, November 15, 2011
clue: There's nothing odd about a Brooklyn Jew writing about life in the Deep South.
explanation: Three of Simon's plays were The Odd Couple, Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Biloxi Blues. more…
publication date: Monday, November 14, 2011
clue: Can one become a star by osmosis?
explanation: Burke was a two-time champion on Dancing with the Stars. more…
trivia: Several players guessed Brandy Norwood. One player guessed Olivia Wildes.