Summer 2013 Bonus Goos
The game's not over yet! We may have crowned the summer's winner already, but there's still a week and a half until the fall season begins. Enjoy these bonus goos that have no bearing on the score.
publication date: Friday, August 30, 2013
clue: After waking up with three hangovers and a rocker named Serena in a place beyond some pines on Valentine's Day, this actor was in limitless pain and unable to form the words "yes, man" to his director Steve (or a team of New York-loving assistants), but found a silver lining while failing to eat lunch: Despite having a midnight-meat-inspired nightmare about a hit-and-run accident, the only thing he had crashed was a wedding.
explanation: Cooper starred in The Hangover and its two sequels, The Rocker, Serena, The Place Beyond the Pines, Valentine's Day, Limitless, The Words, Yes Man, All About Steve, The A-Team, New York I Love You, Silver Linings Playbook, Failure to Launch, The Midnight Meat Train, Hit and Run, and Wedding Crashers. more…
publication date: Thursday, August 29, 2013
clue: Writing children's literature is good. Becoming a financial hit on your own after every publisher turned you down is awesome.
explanation: Clayton's self-published An Awesome Book become a best-seller. more…
publication date: Wednesday, August 28, 2013
clue: Cruising into the White House won't be easy for this Texas politician born north of the border.
explanation: Cruz's Canadian birth is seen as an obstacle to his presidential ambitions. more…
publication date: Tuesday, August 27, 2013
clue: In a moment of crisis, the tuff get going.
explanation: Tuff was an administrator who talked a school shooter out of his plot in August 2013. more…
publication date: Monday, August 26, 2013
clue: Here's a little-known factoid: Your mother's brother can't count to eight, even when he takes a long time in the bathroom.
explanation: Uncle John's Bathroom Reader was a best-selling annual collection of trivia and jokes, though it skipped the eighth edition numerically. more…
trivia: This goo was created for the "Bathroom Break" theme. When Scott realized that the other four goos were all people who had suffered misfortune in bathrooms, he decided to make it an even five and replaced Uncle John with Reeva Steenkamp. Scott added the last sentence fragment in the clue ("even when he takes a long time in the bathroom") when publishing this as a bonus goo, as there was no overt tie back to the bathroom theme.
publication date: Friday, August 23, 2013
clue: His name was Robert Paulson.
explanation: Meat Loaf played Paulson in Fight Club, from which the quote is taken. more…
trivia: This goo was originally created for the "Five for Fighting" theme, and was intended as a light-hearted end to the regular season. Even though there were already two other professional fighters in the theme (Omar Figueroa and Gina Carano), Scott spotted an opening for a "king goo" of early pugilist Tom King, and slipped it into the theme in Meat Loaf's place. The Tom King goo wound up being much quite difficult and cost some players a perfect season and prolonged streak.
publication date: Thursday, August 22, 2013
clue: A lifetime shortened by radiation poisoning was her reward for discovering radium and polonium.
explanation: This goo was originally created for the "Deadly Development" theme, which featured scientists and inventors killed by their own work. When Scott realized that Marie Curie and Irene Joliot-Curie could introduce some much-needed non-entertainers to the "Mothers and Daughters" theme the very next week, he removed this solo goo of Marie Curie and replaced it with Karel Soucek. more…