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Whose death would be most significant?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by deskslave, Jun 25, 2009.

  1. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    A question brought about for obvious reasons.

    Put this on whatever scale you want: U.S., world, whatever.

    I would posit that on any scale, Barack Obama would be No. 1, and you could make a strong case for the other three members of his immediate family being positions 2-4.

    Other candidates in my book, at least for a top-10 list:

    Nelson Mandela
    Queen Elizabeth II
    Kim Jong-Il
    Hugo Chavez
    Vladimir Putin
    Sarah Palin
    John McCain
    Either George Bush
  2. txsportsscribe

    txsportsscribe Active Member

    britney, madonna and sarah palin = what three things don't belong
  3. PeteyPirate

    PeteyPirate Guest

    I would take Mandela and the Queen off the list. Part of what makes deaths big news is you don't expect them to die.
  4. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods
  5. deskslave

    deskslave Active Member

    See, I thought about that. But expectation is only one part of it. Ed McMahon and Bea Arthur were old, too, but their deaths were still news. And actually, I don't think that many people expect the queen to shuffle off anytime soon.

    tx, I can see your argument. But I think all three would attract enormous attention. And I think Madonna, in particular, was nearly as revolutionary as Jackson, and if she died next week, it would be a big shock.

    Good call on Jordan and Woods.
  6. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    "significant" is a key word.
    Queen Elizabeth II is big, but Obama would cross more boundaries.
    And Muhammad Ali is probably bigger than almost everyone but Obama.

    Tiger and Michael Jordan should also be on the list.
  7. Big Circus

    Big Circus Well-Known Member

    Bill Clinton would certainly be up there.
  8. KevinmH9

    KevinmH9 Active Member

    Paul McCartney.

    EDIT: Hank Aaron, too.
  9. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    Ali was the first guy I thought of.
  10. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    For non-sports fans, I think Ali would be in the "Really, I thought he was already dead." category.

    JNEWFIFTY Member

    Britney would get the most points in a death pool. Does that count for anything?
  12. RickStain

    RickStain Well-Known Member

    I'm really mad I didn't get 50 for Jackson. That should have been a gimme.
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