Anonymity is rare in modern life, but these five "celebrities" managed to become famous without their identities being discovered until later, if at all. Can you name these nameless ones?



Frank McAlary

publication date: Friday, June 10, 2011

category: Dance

clue: if you win this season, celebrate like he did

explanation: The Dancing Man, later determined to be Frank McAlary, was an Australian man photographed dancing in the street at the conclusion of World War II. The image became iconic in Australian culture, and his identity was investigated for decades. more…

solved by: Steve West, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, and Chris Lemler


Poe Toaster

publication date: Thursday, June 9, 2011

category: Mysteries

clue: Baltimore's most famous cemetery guest

explanation: The Poe Toaster, identity unknown, left flowers and a partial bottle of cognac on the grave of Edgar Allan Poe every anniversary of his birthday for 50 years. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, and Steve Dunn


Banksy

publication date: Wednesday, June 8, 2011

category: Art

clue: urban artist, or talented criminal?

explanation: Banksy was a celebrated graffiti artist. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, and Steve Dunn

trivia: The image used for the goo is widely considered to be Banksy's self-portrait.


Wang Weilin

publication date: Tuesday, June 7, 2011

category: Humanitarianism

clue: the tank stops here

explanation: The "Tank Man" (named Wang Weilin by the Chinese press, identity never confirmed) gained international fame when he non-violently stood in the paths of tanks in Tianenmen Square in 1989, interrupting the arrests of student protesters. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, and Scott Horowitz


W. Mark Felt

publication date: Monday, June 6, 2011

category: Mysteries

clue: Watergate whistle-blower

explanation: Felt was "Deep Throat," the key informant in the Watergate scandal. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, and Scott Horowitz


Other Themes in Summer 2011

City Girls

These five women all share their first names with modern metropolises from around the world. Get your passport ready for a miniature Goo World Tour. Go »

Children of the Eighties

The 1980s were a booming time for child stars in television and movies, as Hollywood focused on family entertainment. Can you name these five actors who became famous playing kids in that decade? Go »

Hog Wild

The goo game becomes a pig sty this week, as these five celebrities known for their porcine names line up to be counted. This little piggy went to Hollywood... Go »

Born on the 4th of July

These five famous Americans, representing five corners of the nation, all share the most patriotic of birthdays, and give the goo game some added fireworks this week. Go »

Get a Clue

Was it Colonel Mustard in the conservatory with the candlestick? You'll need the right evidence to accuse these five stars of sharing their names with characters from the classic board game Clue. Go »

Tennis Club

Grab your racquet and hit the court! The more you know the sport of tennis, the better you'll be able to name these five major players. Lob your guesses over the net, and good luck. Go »

Poe-pourri

Once upon a midnight dreary, after you ponder weak and weary, the answers to these five goos inspired by the most famous works of Edgar Allan Poe will be revealed. 'Tis that the answer, tapping at your chamber door? Go »

Five Guys

Unrelated to the founders of the Five Guys burger franchise, these other five "guys" all have the most generic of masculine names. If you can recognize all five, treat yourself to a cheeseburger. Go »

South of the Border

¡Arriba! The final theme of the summer heads down to Mexico for five celebrities who hail from our neighbor to the south. ¡Buena suerte! Go »

Summer 2011 Tournament

There can be only one! Many players have entered the tournament, but they'll be paired off in brackets until only one remains in the end to win the season. These goos are a little harder than usual, but they're still playable by all. Go »

Summer 2011 Bonus Goos

Until the Fall 2011 season begins, enjoy this assortment of goos too offbeat to include in one of the themes from the regular season. The winner is already decided, so these goos are just for fun. Go »