Episode 124: Is Heaven Handicap Accessible?

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Nude celebrity photos rain down from the virtual clouds, Joan Rivers gives up the ghost, and The Trailer Park Boys’ move over to Netflix are among the discussion points in this episode. We also see the return of the extremely popular segment called NFL Football Picks, and reveal the secret of how the pearls of Heaven’s front gate are made.

Episode 124: Is Heaven Handicap Accessible?

 

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Top Ten Celebrities Voted Most Likely to Die by Bad Karma Body Count Death Poolers

The year has officially started for the Bad Karma Body Count Celebrity Death Pool. Now that the picks are in, and the numbers have been crunched, we have come up with the list of celebrities voted most likely to die in 2014 by BKBC mourners.

Some are terminally ill, others are older than the North Star, and some are in recovery, but apparently folks have little faith it’ll work out for them. Whatever the case, I would hate to be any of these people:

10 Two Tied with 12 picks

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Frankie Muniz (b. December 5, 1985)

If Welke* pulls down the highest score in the Doug Stanhope Celebrity Death Pool universe again this year and gets to name another bonus points category, he might want to think about the Billy Squire Bonus Points Category. If we had such a category, Frankie Muniz would be among the front-runners to score the bonus because of his tendency to stroke… stroke. Every November, just like clockwork, Muniz suffers a Mini Stroke. He had his first in 2012, and his second one this past year. The official word is he’s suffering Transient Ischemic Attacks, which are related to losing blood flow to the brain. Will he have another one this November?

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Clive James (b. October 7, 1939)

At one point, if you were looking for a drinking buddy who always has enough cigarettes to compensate your I-only-smoke-when-I-drink habit so you don’t have to buy your own, Clive James was your man. The problem with a life of smoking and heavy drinking is generally comes to an ugly end. For James, it’s been a struggle with emphysema and B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia that’s been going on for several years.

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9. Zsa Zsa Gabor 13 picks (b. February 6, 1917)

I think February 6, 1917 says it all when it comes to WHY Zsa Zsa Gabor made so many lists this year. She’ll only be worth 3 points, but 3 points might be the difference between winning and losing. Hell, she might even surprise us with a suicide, or some angry home health care worker might smother her with a pillow for some bonus points. She’s had a rough go of things lately. Not only did she get duped by Bernie Madoff for an estimated $10 million, she had a hip replacement in 2010 and had to have a leg amputated the next year because of infection. There are reports she didn’t realize the leg had been amputated until 18 months later. Even the court system says she’ll be dead in three years.

8. Two Tied with 14 picks

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Barbara Bush (June 8, 1925)

The former First Lady of the US by way of being the wife of President George H. W. Bush, not the one led the nation down a highway to hell at the behest of Vice President Dick Cheney and bis business partners but his father, was just released from Houston hospital Jan. 4 after spending several days inside with what has been called pneumonia. In the past, she has also been diagnosed with a hardening of her heart, really, she was, and she was diagnosed with Grave’s Disease about the time she became First Lady in 1988.

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Billy Graham (b. November 7, 1918)

To be clear here, we are talking about the evangelist Billy Graham, and not Superstar Billy Graham, though the Superstar did land on a few lists as well. Where the Superstar might have entertained the multitudes, the evangelist tried to save their souls. Now, as he nears triple digits in age, Jesus is speaking to him, and calling him home, but so far, he hasn’t taken the hint. At his 95th birthday party, which he attended, he couldn’t even speak to the crowd in person. He prepared a video and played it for everybody. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 1992. It’s hard to tell how long it took his handlers to prop him up and get him to say his lines right. And isn’t it sad to see people singing Happy Birthday to someone this age, or is it just me?

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7. Michael Schumacher 15 picks (January 3, 1969)

Formula 1 race car driver Michael Schumacher celebrated his 45th birthday in a coma inside a hospital room thanks to an after-Christmas skiing accident in the French Alps. Schumacher is an international superstar, but since he didn’t get his wins in NASCAR most Americans have no idea who the hell he is. The press has been congregating outside his hospital room ever since the crash as if they expect him to open an window and give a divinely inspired sermon akin to Graham Chapman’s in The Life of Brian. There are mixed reports of how he’s doing, but you can follow it closely online thanks to the Guardian.

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6. Kirk Douglas 17 Picks (December 9, 1916)

Spartacus is trying to live forever, but the odds of him doing it are slim to none. Will this be the year Kirk Douglas dies? The old-fart is allegedly still writing pieces for the Huffington Post on a regular basis, and for his 97th birthday he posted what he hoped the world would one day become. He ended it with, “Excuse me — I have a lot of candles to blow out.” Not so fast though. If you read the entire piece, you see he cheated on that candle count. “But have you ever tried to put 97 candles on a cake? You can’t. So I put 10 candles to represent the 10 decades of my life.” The end might be close if he thinks 10 candles is a lot to blow out.

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5. Wilko Johnson 19 Picks (b. July 12, 1947)

“I’m supposed to be dead now,” Wilko Johnson said in an interview with The Independent in November. Instead, he’s recording his final album with Roger Daltrey of The Who. Johnson was a pioneering guitarist with Dr. Feelgood, an English rock band that some claim had an influence on the punk scene that soon followed. At the beginning of 2013 he was given 10 months to live because pancreatic cancer was well on its way to killing him. He refused to take chemotherapy treatments, and opted for farewell tour therapy. Everybody, including Johnson, knows the cancer is going to get him, we just don’t know when. He’s already living on borrowed time.

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4. Valerie Harper 20 Picks (b. August 22, 1939)

Some might say Valerie Harper is dancing all the way to the grave, or at least halfway there. She was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer last year, and wasn’t sure she would live to see 2014. As she approached the end of the year, she landed a spot on Dancing With the Stars, and danced as well as a 75-year-old woman with brain cancer could dance. As of November, she was still reporting no ill effects from the cancer. “I’m feeling pretty good,” she said. She’s going to be in an upcoming cable tv movie, and even claims her brain scans are improving. It’ll be an interesting ride to see if she makes it to 2015.

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3. Fidel Castro 23 Picks (August 13, 1926)

How many revolutionaries who successfully overthrew an established government can you name who have lived to see the age of 87? I can think of one, and that’s Fidel Castro. After that, I’ve got nothing, but I’m not a big world history fan. Fidel stepped down as Cuba’s man in charge in 2006, and handed the reigns to his brother Raul because of chronic illness. He makes very few public appearances these days. In fact, the first public appearance he’s made in nine months occurred just a few days ago. When he stepped down in 2006, he was allegedly suffering a very serious intestinal illness, but since, most reports of failing health are met with his PR machine saying it’s all rumor and conjecture, and Fidel is doing fine. We’ll see.

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2. Sam Simon 25 Picks (June 6, 1955)

Sam Simon was instrumental in the development of one of the most popular television shows in history, The Simpsons, and has also had his hands in a dozen other popular shows, and actresses like Jennifer Tilly. In 2012, he was diagnosed with colorectal cancer and has been undergoing chemotherapy ever since. He’s not slowing down though, apparently there is going to be a special on CNN Jan. 17, where he rescues a bear.

The great @simonsam bear rescue is coming to CNN. Erin Burnett on Friday, January 17 4 PM PST. pic.twitter.com/Vn0MJt6AbH

— Mikko Alanne (@MikkoAlanne) January 16, 2014

 

Who knows? He might just live long enough to see 2015, but the people in this death pool aren’t holding much hope.

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1. George H. W. Bush 27 Picks (June 12, 1924)

Yeah, that’s right, we’ve got a husband and wife team in the Top Ten this year with George H. W. “Call me Bush One” Bush and his wife Barbara. the elder Former President Bush now gets around in a wheel chair, and every single mention of him in the media includes the line, “’Bush, who is battle health problems.’” Most reports just attribute it to old age, but there could be other issues at work too. The man did appear as a witness at a lesbian wedding in September. Being a conservative Republican, it makes one wonder if he’s losing his mind. He was also hospitalized early last year for bronchitis.

So that’s the list of the celebrities voted most likely to die in 2014.

Who do you think will make it to see 2015?

Deadline for Celebrity Death Pool Approaching Quickly

One of the biggest projects we have going on in 2014 is the celebrity death pool we’ve put together with our buddies at Icon Vs. Icon, and the death pool administrators at Doug Stanhope’s Celebrity Death Pool. While the rules do allow for us to allow participants to join after the season’s kickoff, Jan. 15, 2014, we’re closing the door to newcomers Jan. 14.

In other words, if you don’t get in this year, you have to wait until next year, and trust us when we say, you don’t want to wait until next year.

If you want to be competitive in the league, it’s also a bad idea to wait until the last minute to get registered at DSCDP.com, and establish a presence in the Bad Karma Body Count Celebrity Death Pool. The basic formula for scoring is 100 minus the age of the dead celebrity, plus bonuses for being the only person in the pool to select that person. There are also bonuses for having two celebrities on your roster who die on the same day, who die on their birthday, and several other scenarios.

Helpful Tip: The solo pick bonus points are the easiest bonuses to harvest. If you don’t put in enough research to find picks outside of the obvious ones who others will most certainly have selected also, then those potentially easy bonus points will be hard to get. Other bonus points scenarios have lottery-like odds of hitting, whereas solo-pick bonuses are somewhat more predictable … as predictable as guessing when someone will die can be.

So now is the time, and the time is now, for getting in.

It’s free to play.

All you have to do is register at DSCDP.com, and let us know your username by dropping us a note on our Bad Karma Body Count Facebook Page containing your username, and we’ll add you to the league.

it is important that you like our Facebook page and follow along there, because this is where we will make announcements regarding prizes, future leagues, and more pertinent information regarding the death pool. Yeah, that’s right, I said prizes. So far, we have some Blu-Rays, gift cards, and a few other exclusive prizes in the works for players in the league, and we intend to use the Facebook page to manage it.

You can find more information about the league on said Facebook page, or on our Join Celebrity Death Pool page on this site.

Here’s our latest promo piece about Bad Karma Body Count:

And of course, check out what’s going on over at Icon vs Icon, without whom, none of this would be possible. Also, hit them up on Facebook and Twitter. You won’t regret it.  Icon Vs Icon features some of the best pop culture stories and interviews on the net.

We Want You in the Bad Karma Celebrity Death Pool

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You are cordially invited to participate in the Bad Karma Celebrity Death Pool, and all we ask in return is that you like the Facebook page where you will find instructions for joining and will see updates for future leagues, as well as newsy stuff, and other related material.

Through a celebrity-death partnership with Icon vs Icon, and possibly a few others to be named later, we have set up a Funeral Home/Death Pool via Doug Stanhope’s Celebrity Death Pool online death pool service. It cost us a few bucks, but it doesn’t cost you anything to register at the site and to join our group.

We are desperately seeking your love, and we will do anything to get it. We might even offer a few prizes throughout the year, but those details have yet to be finalized. They will be before the pool starts Jan. 15, 2014.

If you’re not familiar with the death pool concept,  it is a game where you pick a list of celebrities you think will die in 2014. When one of your picks actually dies, you get points. The person with the most points at the end of the year wins.

Visit the Bad Karma Body Count Facebook Page and follow the instructions pinned to the top of the timeline. It might take a day or so for an official invite to be sent to you, but it will come.  We swear it. 

Anti-Facebook? Email us and we’ll get you hooked up.