It's the ultimate battle for supremacy! Or, it's just a silly online game. Take your pick. Players will face off in one-on-one competitions until all but one is eliminated, producing a season champion. Have fun!



George Takei

publication date: Friday, March 2, 2012

category: Television

clue: Because of advocates like him, gay marriage has come to represent the final frontier of equality in California.

explanation: George Takei starred in Star Trek and advocated for gay marriage. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, and Aaron Shurtleff


Emilio Palma

publication date: Thursday, March 1, 2012

category: Records

clue: When people say they're "from the South," they don't mean it like this Argentinian.

explanation: Palma was the first person born in Antarctica. more…

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


Michelle Duggar

publication date: Wednesday, February 29, 2012

category: Controversy

clue: Overpopulation may be the biggest threat to mother nature.

explanation: Duggar and her husband were raising 19 children as of the time of this goo, earning them notoriety and a reality TV series. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Joanna Woods, Steve Dunn, and Aaron Shurtleff


Dmitry Medvedev

publication date: Tuesday, February 28, 2012

category: Government

clue: This politician is a placeholder from St. Petersburg.

explanation: Medvedev, originally from Leningrad (later renamed Saint Petersburg), was widely considered to hold the Russian presidency for one term only because Vladimir Putin had reached a limit on consecutive terms. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, and Jon Berry

trivia: Several players guessed George LeMieux.


Jake LaMotta

publication date: Monday, February 27, 2012

category: Sports

clue: This New York athlete has broken records like a bull in a china shop.

explanation: LaMotta was a heavyweight champion boxer who was the first to defeat Sugar Ray Robinson. His autobiography Raging Bull was later adapted to a film. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Joanna Woods, and Steve Dunn

trivia: Several players guessed Yogi Berra.


Wallis Simpson

publication date: Friday, February 24, 2012

category: Controversy

clue: This domineering American became half of the royal we.

explanation: Simpson was an American woman who King Edward abdicated the British throne to marry, forming their insignia "W.E." She was said to be the dominant one in their relationship. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, and Aaron Shurtleff


Elon Musk

publication date: Thursday, February 23, 2012

category: Inventions

clue: This real-life Iron Man made his vast fortune by co-founding an alliterative Internet company.

explanation: Musk was a developer of electric cars and space vehicles, partially inspiring Robert Downey Jr.'s characterization of Iron Man in movies. He initially made his fortune by co-founding Paypal. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Denise Sawicki, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, and Erik Bates


Geraldo Rivera

publication date: Wednesday, February 22, 2012

category: Journalism

clue: Failing to find buried treasure on live television gave this reporter a black eye. (Or was a broken nose?)

explanation: Rivera was known for two controversial incidents in the 1980s: Opening Al Capone's vault on live television only to find nothing inside, and getting his nose broken in a brawl with racist hate groups. 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, Aaron Shurtleff, and Erik Bates


Rube Goldberg

publication date: Tuesday, February 21, 2012

category: Comics

clue: Technological inefficiency is the legacy of this rodent collector.

explanation: Goldberg was a comic illustrator known for devising elaborate machines that performed simple tasks. The game Mousetrap ("rodent collector") was based on his work. more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, and Erik Bates

trivia: This goo was originally created for the "Born on the Fourth of July" theme.


Dolly Parton

publication date: Monday, February 20, 2012

category: Music

clue: Noisy roller-coaster passengers are full of joy.

explanation: Parton's 2012 film Joyful Noise was playing in theaters when this goo was published. Among her business ventures was the theme park Dollywood. more…

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


Lana Del Rey

publication date: Friday, February 17, 2012

category: Music

clue: This singer, songwriter and fashion model could also be listed in the Video Games category.

explanation: Del Rey's first hit song was "Video Games." more…

solved by: Steve West, Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, and Erik Bates


Edward Stratemeyer

publication date: Thursday, February 16, 2012

category: Literature

clue: The Bobbsey twins and the taser have this man in common. Can you solve the mystery?

explanation: Stratemeyer was a publisher of children's mystery books featuring the Bobbsey twins, the Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and others. The taser was named for a similar (fictional) device in his Tom Swift books. 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, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn


Nancy Brinker

publication date: Wednesday, February 15, 2012

category: Humanitarianism

clue: What does cutting funding to a reproductive health organization have to do with helping your sisters avoid cancer?

explanation: Brinker founded Susan G. Komen for the Cure after her sister died from breast cancer. The organization made news the week before this goo was published by cutting funds to Planned Parenthood because of a new rule, which it reversed after public outcry. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Justin Woods, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, and Ryan Dunn

trivia: Scott had originally set out to create a goo of Susan G. Komen herself, but couldn't find an appropriate photograph. Several players guessed Komen.


Dean Ornish

publication date: Tuesday, February 14, 2012

category: Medicine

clue: How many other cardiologists and dietitians acknowledge a debt to a swami in their work?

explanation: Ornish was an expert in coronary artery disease who developed a popular diet and exercise plan that included yoga and meditation, on the advice of Swami Satchidananda. more…

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Samir Mehta, Joanna Woods, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Matthew Preston, Mike Rothstein, Steve Dunn, Aaron Shurtleff, and Erik Bates

trivia: Several players guessed Arthur Agatston, founder of the South Beach Diet.


Jeremy Lin

publication date: Monday, February 13, 2012

category: Sports

clue: Can you turn into an overnight success story like this Ivy Leaguer?

explanation: Lin was a Harvard-educated NBA player who suddenly began scoring like the best players in the league in February 2012. 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, Mike Eberhart, Aaron Shurtleff, Erik Bates, and Ryan Dunn


Other Themes in Winter 2012

Humble Folks Without Temptation

These celebrities went on down to South Park and had themselves a time, being mercilessly spoofed by the foul-mouthed cartoon series. Can you recognize them in animated form? Go »

Mothers of Invention

These pioneering women in technology have saved the world from war, climate change, and boredom online with their contributions to modern inventions. Go »

Crossover Celebrities

For some artists, it's about following their creative muse. For others, it's all about the money. These entertainers were strongly associated with one genre, but now only seem interested in another. Go »

Repúbluca Federativa do Brasil

By far the largest nation in South America, the cultural and economic powerhouse of Brazil has produced celebrities in every field. Can you name these five? Go »

A Pirate's Life for Me

Yo ho ho ho, and a bottle of rum... This week features some of the deadliest and most notorious dread pirates ever to sail the high seas, to celebrate the launch of Pirate Paradise on Funeratic. Go »

Do Overs

Ask George Lucas: No matter how final it was the first time, anything can be made better if you get to take a second (or third, or fourth) crack at it. These five celebrities were incorrect guesses made for previous goos. Here's your chance to get them right this time. Go »

Mighty Heroes!

Superhero stories are the epic myths of our age, especially after their recent wave of renewed popularity in movies and television. These five actors played colorful heroes on-screen. Go »

Dastardly Villains!

The bad guys get to have all the fun! These five actors have played the villains to costumed superheroes on television and in movies. Their biggest crime is stealing the show. Go »

Super Bowl Shuffle

This weekend, the New York Giants and New England Patriots will face off at the Super Bowl for the second time in four years. This theme features some of the biggest names at the biggest game in sports. Go »

My Trophy has a First Name, It's O-S-C-A-R

These five goos are some of the intriguing real people behind this year's crop of Oscar-nominated films, coinciding with Funeratic's annual Predict the Oscars contest. Go »