1529: "Bracket"

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby Netzach » Mon May 25, 2015 6:44 pm UTC

Maybe I'm tired and he's there already, but Doctor Doom, anyone?

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby arasaka » Mon May 25, 2015 6:47 pm UTC

Doctor Strange could have gone with Prof (Hugo) Strange.

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby Echo244 » Mon May 25, 2015 6:49 pm UTC

And Jonathan Strange.
Unstoppable force of nature. That means she/her/hers.
Has committed an act of treason.

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby arasaka » Mon May 25, 2015 6:50 pm UTC

Echo244 wrote:And Jonathan Strange.


We need a bigger bracket.

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby Burton » Mon May 25, 2015 7:06 pm UTC

Alsadius wrote:I cannot possibly be the first one to actually want to decide this bracket. But since I seem to be the first one with that much time on my hands, here goes:
...
I should probably get back to work(and I have no idea how to call Armstrong/Orwell...), so I'll look at round 4+ and the right side later.


That was awesome. For the Armstrong/Orwell match, I would like to point out that George Orwell's real name is Eric Arthur Blair. I think that disqualifies him from the competition.

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby Reecer6 » Mon May 25, 2015 7:15 pm UTC

Burton wrote:That was awesome. For the Armstrong/Orwell match, I would like to point out that George Orwell's real name is Eric Arthur Blair. I think that disqualifies him from the competition.


I mean, Armstrong still used steroids, and that's not going to disqualify him?

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby welcomeblack » Mon May 25, 2015 8:10 pm UTC

For the friends fans out there, how about Dr. Drake Ramoray?

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby colonel_hack » Mon May 25, 2015 8:36 pm UTC

Connections:
[Hmm. Looking back is seens there were /lots/ fewer non-name connections than I thought
when I started writing this bit (like 2. Bill Murry/Dan Aykroyd & Ginger Rogers/Fred Astair.
Oops. Well, yer stuck with it now :-)]

Dr. Suess
Lucy Van Pelt
AL ``Lucy'' 288-1
Geico Cavemen
Flo
Flo (``Kiss my grits'')
Barney Miller
Barny (Dinosaur)
T. Rex (Dinosaur)
T. Rex (band)
Frank Beard
Black Beard
Captain Jack (Sparrow)
Captain Jack (Harkness)
Captain Farrell
Tom Dolley
Lord Randell
TBA
Monroe Doctrine
M.A.D.
M.A.D.D.
M(ind)AD

To seed a few classes
Admiral Grace
Admiral Ackbar
(Jeff & Akbar)
Admiral Halsey

Prof. Longhair
THE Professor
The Nutty Professor
Norbert Wiener

and C.S., Carroll & Gun in the Lewis section. I'm banking on ``Gun'' to take a few rounds.

Dr, Gattling
Dr. Funkenstein

Donald Knuth
TeX
Disco Tex and the sex-o-lettes
Tex Ritter
Paris, Tex.
Paris, France
Paris Hilton
Paris (Old greek)
Paris Gun
Lewis Gun
Bren Gun
Peter Gunn
Bertha Gun
Bertha Krupp
Bertha Butt, Betty Butt, Bella Butt & Bathsheba Butt
Erm. Best stop here...

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby Angelastic » Mon May 25, 2015 8:38 pm UTC

ucim wrote:... and here I was thinking about it like some kind of family tree.

Jose

Ooh! Yes! These are all groups of cognates from different language families, and we are going to use them to reconstruct the Proto-FamousPerson word for whatever those names mean!
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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby Flumble » Mon May 25, 2015 8:55 pm UTC

Showsni wrote:
wayne wrote:The winner of the final round is obvious.

Image


But he'd be beaten by a team of Gandalf the Grey and Gandalf the White and Monty Python and the Holy Grail's Black Knight and Benito Mussolini and the Blue Meanie and Cowboy Curtis and Jambi the Genie, Robocop, The Terminator, Captain Kirk and Darth Vader, Lo Pan, Superman, every single Power Ranger, Bill S. Preston, Theodore Logan, Spock, The Rock, Doc Ock and Hulk Hogan!

Which leaves us with Mr. Rogers as our winner. And he's not even listed in the bracket! Talk about a legend!

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby Various Varieties » Mon May 25, 2015 9:08 pm UTC

Various Varieties wrote:
Eshru wrote:Adding to the doctor list: Dr. Zed


... versus Dr. Dee and Dr. J.


... and the Doctor-Letters could link to the Professor-Letters: Professor X and Professor K.


Also: the bracket has Alan Partridge and Alan Parsons... it's a shame not to see Andy Partridge and Andy Parsons next to them.

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby Angelastic » Mon May 25, 2015 9:11 pm UTC

Flumble wrote:Which leaves us with Mr. Rogers as our winner. And he's not even listed in the bracket! Talk about a legend!

But he is in the bracket! His middle name is apparently /Fred Astaire/.

Fact of dubious funness: I first learnt of the existence of Mister Rogers from that Lemon Demon song, so for a long time the only thing I knew about him was that he had a bloodstained sweater. It was hard to reconcile with the other things I eventually heard about him.
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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby Rand » Mon May 25, 2015 9:22 pm UTC

I can't believe there's a Russell bracket but no Bertrand Russell!

What kind of webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math and language is this???

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby madock345 » Mon May 25, 2015 10:36 pm UTC

stzein wrote:
madock345 wrote:Dr. Strange vs. Doctor Manhatan? That one's actually pretty interesting, but whoever wins it is going to take the whole thing. You really don't even need any other rounds.

You should try reading a real book for a change.
If the question is: "Who's the most ridiculous fictional character?" Then they might stand a chance. But i'd still vote for dr Strangelove.



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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby sixteenluckyhats » Mon May 25, 2015 10:42 pm UTC

^Pappy Van Winkle

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby Copper Bezel » Mon May 25, 2015 11:26 pm UTC

madock345 wrote:
stzein wrote:
madock345 wrote:Dr. Strange vs. Doctor Manhatan? That one's actually pretty interesting, but whoever wins it is going to take the whole thing. You really don't even need any other rounds.

You should try reading a real book for a change.
If the question is: "Who's the most ridiculous fictional character?" Then they might stand a chance. But i'd still vote for dr Strangelove.



Damn dude, elitist much? You think just because I know about some well known comic book characters that I don't read books? I don't know where you're getting that from, or what your problem with comic books are, but there's no need to be a dick about it.

Plus like ... the whole gag of that set requires familiarity with all three works, and the bizarre association of thematic elements.

Two of them are comic book characters with superhuman abilities. Two of them are characters in fairly sophisticated but cynical cold-war satires of the human condition. Randall has already seen and raised your snobbery.
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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby Mercurywoodrose » Mon May 25, 2015 11:59 pm UTC

i get louis armstrong vs oscar wilde on the left, victory to wilde

I get frank drake and mister/fred rogers/astaire, victory to frank drake

in wilde vs drake, its a tie. drakes equation vs. wilde's witticisms, i dare anyone to find a hairs breadth between them in beauty

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby ThemePark » Tue May 26, 2015 12:10 am UTC

*Twitch*

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby RealGrouchy » Tue May 26, 2015 12:18 am UTC

Time for an ol' RG roundup...
TheStormRanger wrote:What did Beyonce do to earn a bye to the third round?
Please direct all questions about "What did Beyoncé do to earn..." to Mr. Kanye West, Los Angeles, CA....
djagir wrote:Yes, but is that BBC "The Doctor" or Voyager "The Doctor"?
I think he made it ambiguous to weed out people who think Voyager was better than Doctor Who. Definitely not inviting any of these people to a barbecue.
NeatNit wrote:I'm mostly wondering what this bracket is for. Winning in a fight? Being most awesome (or most popular)? Prettiest? Smartest?

Rap battles perhaps?
Best. Obviously.
orthogon wrote:Great, an opportunity to mention my gripe about Bed Bath and Beyond. A bed bath is a wash that the nurse gives you in hospital if you're too sick or immobile to get to the bathroom. So that puts me in mind of a very ill hospital patient, in which context "beyond" suggests the Great Beyond. It doesn't help that (I'm pretty sure) the name of the shop doesn't have a comma. "Bed, bath and beyond" would be infinitely less disturbing. I can only assume that "bed bath" doesn't have the same meaning in the US: am I right?
I think he meant the store. If he wanted to make a bed bath joke, he would have made a better one.
richP wrote:World's longest setup for a "who's on first" style joke!
or The Aristocrats.
Burton wrote:
Alsadius wrote:I cannot possibly be the first one to actually want to decide this bracket. But since I seem to be the first one with that much time on my hands, here goes:
...
I should probably get back to work(and I have no idea how to call Armstrong/Orwell...), so I'll look at round 4+ and the right side later.
That was awesome. For the Armstrong/Orwell match, I would like to point out that George Orwell's real name is Eric Arthur Blair. I think that disqualifies him from the competition.
Put him up against Edgar Allan Poe? Or Arthur Philip Dent?

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Jack Saladin wrote:etc., lock'd
Mighty Jalapeno wrote:At least he has the decency to REMOVE THE GAP BETWEEN HIS QUOTES....
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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby hordriss » Tue May 26, 2015 1:21 am UTC

OK, I still have no clue what's going on

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby rmsgrey » Tue May 26, 2015 1:43 am UTC

hordriss wrote:OK, I still have no clue what's going on


There's this thing where you have a 2-player contest but want to have a competition between lots of players, with one winner, so you pair players off, have each pair play a single contest, then pair the winners off and have those pairs play, and so on until you have only one undefeated player. As a way of making it easier to track this sort of single-elimination contest, there's a fairly standard layout - a space for the eventual winner in the center, spaces for the finalists on either side of the center, spaces for the semifinalists 1/4 and 3/4 of the way down the page, and then binary trees out from there to the initial pairings. As the event progresses, you can fill in the winner of each match to give the pairings for the next round.

That layout generalises slightly to the one Randall used for this comic - where you can have more than 2 players in a single match sometimes, and different players have different numbers of matches to play to reach the final - and has been used for all sorts of weird contests out there in the world, sometimes where the contestants have no more connection than in this comic.

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby wahoosteve » Tue May 26, 2015 5:09 am UTC

single linkage, amiright?

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby orthogon » Tue May 26, 2015 7:22 am UTC

RealGrouchy wrote:
orthogon wrote:Great, an opportunity to mention my gripe about Bed Bath and Beyond. A bed bath is a wash that the nurse gives you in hospital if you're too sick or immobile to get to the bathroom. So that puts me in mind of a very ill hospital patient, in which context "beyond" suggests the Great Beyond. It doesn't help that (I'm pretty sure) the name of the shop doesn't have a comma. "Bed, bath and beyond" would be infinitely less disturbing. I can only assume that "bed bath" doesn't have the same meaning in the US: am I right?
I think he meant the store. If he wanted to make a bed bath joke, he would have made a better one.

For the avoidance of doubt, I wasn't commenting on the comic, it's the name of the store that I find disturbing. But I confused things further by using the word "shop" instead of "store". I recall now that "shop" is something to do with metalwork.
xtifr wrote:... and orthogon merely sounds undecided.

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby DrunkenSailor » Tue May 26, 2015 8:56 am UTC

Opens his notebook, adjusts his glasses and looks out over the podium.

Ahem..

Was Mr. Randal eating Pie?
Washed down using too much Rye?

Was he chased by drunken deers?
Ones who'd stolen all his beers.

What er' the cause, pie or moose.
Something had his head on loose
Else how would, could he,
Miss Doctor Seuss?


Yeah, I just registered to post this. uh...

/goes to find a screw driver to tighten his own head down a little.

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby saurgoth » Tue May 26, 2015 9:57 am UTC

Undoubtedly the best suggestion for missed opportunity is Gary Oldman vs. Gary Newman.

And I'm still deciding who faces off against The Doctor in the final.. Neil Armstrong or Jack Nicholson?

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby roflaleham » Tue May 26, 2015 10:07 am UTC

It's Van Helsing that's missing ...

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby mrel » Tue May 26, 2015 10:13 am UTC

I guess Edwin Howard Armstrong, the inventor of FM, wasn't famous enough?

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby orbital_saucer » Tue May 26, 2015 10:26 am UTC

Orson Wells
HG Wells
George Orwell

forgot Orson Scott Card

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby dtgriscom » Tue May 26, 2015 10:39 am UTC

(First copy of this got lost in moderation...)
Who is Jeff Gordan? Is it indeed a misspelled Jeff Gordon? (If so, I'd have expected Randall to have fixed it by now...)


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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby Essah » Tue May 26, 2015 10:50 am UTC

Send this to "Epic Rap Battles Of History" on Youtube (If you don't know what that is you need to search for it on youtube like right now!)

Who'd you bet your money on in a rap battle?

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby orgus » Tue May 26, 2015 11:05 am UTC

Dr. Acula

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby ae91x » Tue May 26, 2015 11:18 am UTC

saurgoth wrote:Undoubtedly the best suggestion for missed opportunity is Gary Oldman vs. Gary Newman.


Gary Numan.

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby decasteve » Tue May 26, 2015 11:58 am UTC

Another omission:

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby cellocgw » Tue May 26, 2015 12:27 pm UTC

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby OP Tipping » Tue May 26, 2015 12:38 pm UTC

i don't know who'd win this but I would have put in

Jennifer Garner
James Garner
Joel Garner
Jay Garner
a) Please explain the specific MEDICAL reason for ordering this MEDICATION !
b) Please state the nature of your ailment or injury.
c) One a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your pain?
d) Please state the nature of the medical emergency.

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby Burton » Tue May 26, 2015 12:59 pm UTC

Reecer6 wrote:
Burton wrote:That was awesome. For the Armstrong/Orwell match, I would like to point out that George Orwell's real name is Eric Arthur Blair. I think that disqualifies him from the competition.


I mean, Armstrong still used steroids, and that's not going to disqualify him?


I meant Neil, not Lance.

Edit: Unless there's something I don't know about him.... Maybe he was on 'roids in order to take such big steps on the movie set to make it look like he was on the moon?
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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby OP Tipping » Tue May 26, 2015 1:05 pm UTC

djagir wrote:Yes, but is that BBC "The Doctor" or Voyager "The Doctor"?
I think he made it ambiguous to weed out people who think Voyager was better than Doctor Who. Definitely not inviting any of these people to a barbecue.


Here's a bracket for you:

- On a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your pain?
- Please explain the specific MEDICAL reason for ordering this MEDICATION !
- Please state the nature of the medical emergency.
- Please state the nature of your ailment or injury.
a) Please explain the specific MEDICAL reason for ordering this MEDICATION !
b) Please state the nature of your ailment or injury.
c) One a scale of one to ten, how would you rate your pain?
d) Please state the nature of the medical emergency.

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby dp2 » Tue May 26, 2015 1:11 pm UTC

Olivia Munn needs to somehow be in the bracket with Olivia Wilde. I always confuse their names.

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby Mikeski » Tue May 26, 2015 1:49 pm UTC

saurgoth wrote:Undoubtedly the best suggestion for missed opportunity is Gary Oldman vs. Gary N[u]man.

Truth.

I was also expecting more members in the "Mister" section of the bracket than just Rogers and Spock. Bill, T., Coffee, Mister...

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Re: 1529: "Bracket"

Postby xkcdbracket » Tue May 26, 2015 1:59 pm UTC

Yesterday, Neil walked all over Louis Armstrong in the official* voting taking place at @xkcdbracket on Twitter. Today, it's Lance Armstrong versus Stretch. No, we're not going to go in order day after day, but we're going to finish up a bracket before we jump around. Come join us and make your opinion known!

*Not actually official


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