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Shine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 04:53 PM
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Celebrity deaths: have you ever heard how they tend to happen in 3's?
I've heard that my whole life. It's weird.

Ed McMahon yesterday

Farrah Fawcett earlier today

and now

Michael Jackson


Strange....


RIP to all three of them.
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Gormy Cuss Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 06:24 PM
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1. My mother was a firm believer.
The thing of it is though that there are no rules on how close the deaths must be and that makes groupings in threes a pretty easy thing to do.

RIP to the three you mentioned.
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Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 06:34 PM
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2. They do not
They happen singly, in pairs, often in 4's or 5's. Same day? 4 days apart? 1 week? Where does one draw the line of time, and who defines the degree of 'celebrity'? In the LA Times, famous people are in the obituaries every day, but someone very famous to me might not be all that famous to others. How many people under the age of 30 even know who Fawcett was?

It's just absurd. I have been on here for nearly 8 years, and a lot of famous people have died. Often, the third one never drops, or a fourth one passes just as soon as a flood of "omg! they come in threes!" threads have peaked.

People can find patterns in anything - whether jesus in their toast or the dates celebrities die.
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 08:51 PM
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11. Baseball comes in threes
Except walks, and I hate walks. Walks are sloppy. Fuck walks.



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Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 09:09 PM
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12. And don't forget
Sometimes there are 4 game series and 2 game series - which completely mocks the usual 3 game series. x(
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 09:36 PM
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14. A sad fact of schedule-making
I feel for the people who make the schedules each year. I really do. It's gotta be like organizing a plate of spaghetti by length.



But you'd think they'd know better than to schedule a 14-inning game on a getaway day. x(



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Zomby Woof Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 10:26 PM
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16. Well, I was only kidding
(I am sure you knew that, lol)

In any event, I have gotten so used to us winning (almost) every series, or at least splitting the 2 gamers and 4 gamers, that I took some exception to today's loss. Just damn spoiled I guess - being that we have the best record in all of MLB. The Mariners are gradually improving, so it could be an interesting matchup this weekend, as we say farewell to Interleague play for the rest of the season (with the notable All-Star and World Series exceptions).

At least they gain 2 hours on the flight back, extra innings be damned.
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Oeditpus Rex Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 10:56 PM
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18. That's truly the sucky part about playing so well
You lose two of three and you're all :wtf:



I'm still sayin' 104 or 105, though. :D



And BOO-YAH for No More Fucking Interleague. :thumbsup:



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merh Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 06:40 PM
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3. It's the Weird Al connection
another DUer's post in LBN on the topic:

mikelgb
Thu Jun-25-09 04:23 PM
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28. Oddly enough they are all linked through Weird Al Yankovic

Ed McMahon was the subject of the Weird Al song "Here's Johnny"
Farrah Fawcett was a lyiric in the Weird Al parody "Ebay"
and many are familiar with Al's parodies of Jackson's work in "Eat It" and "Fat"

http://www.democraticunderground.com/discuss/duboard.ph...
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bigwillq Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 06:42 PM
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4. It never fails.
Does it? Seems like to me it happens like that all the time.
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Rabrrrrrr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 06:43 PM
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5. Only to people who choose to be foolishly ignorant of math
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triguy46 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 08:11 PM
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6. Oh my. Why not fours? Of eights. What is the time boundary to qualify?
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jobycom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 08:14 PM
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7. Anything happens in threes is you choose to group them that way. nt
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tigereye Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 08:37 PM
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8. weird, huh?


:hi:

Hey lady, how's your summer? Have a little time off?
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Drunken Irishman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 08:45 PM
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9. Three is the magic number.
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jmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 08:47 PM
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10. I didn't hear anybody talk about Ed McMahon until today
This morning I found out about Farrah and this afternoon about Michael and only then did I hear anybody mention Ed after somebody else asked, "Who will be the third?" I feel bad for anybody effected by them passing but people often seek patterns where there are none.
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jmm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 09:15 PM
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13. deleted post
Edited on Thu Jun-25-09 09:17 PM by jmm
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tabbycat31 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 09:50 PM
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15. who was the 3rd
when Princess Diana and Mother Teresa died?
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Bucky Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jun-25-09 10:41 PM
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17. Rip Taylor.
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