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Fidel Castro dies - Death pool and funeral date contest

Posted August 01, 2006 by publisher in Cuba Politics.
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I’m sure I will take some heat for being so cruel and tasteless but I think many Havana Journal readers would like to weigh in on the prediction for Castro’s last day on this earth so I figured I would put this post out there as a contest instead of a boring request for predictions.

DEATH: The Havana Journal will award $100 to the person that most closely predicts the official DATE AND TIME OF DEATH of Cuban leader Fidel Castro, under or over.

DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT: The Havana Journal will award $100 to the person that most closely predicts the DATE of the death announcement of Fidel Castro. I am assuming that there will be a delay of many hours and most likely days, before the Cuban government actually releases the news of Castro’s death.

FUNERAL: The Havana Journal will also award $100 to the person that first predicts the day of the Fidel Castro funeral.

RULES: Only one entry of each of above per person. If tie, first post wins. All predictions must be for 2006. Contest ends December 31, 2006.

In order to make the contest entries easier to understand, please preface your predictions with DEATH: DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT: and FUNERAL:

(No purchase necessary. Not valid where prohibited grin

Good luck.

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Member Comments

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On August 01, 2006, publisher wrote:

Okay, I’ll go first. I have been informed that stomach surgery can be very serious and usually does not have a good prognosis for full recovery especially for an 80 year old person.

So, I say Fidel will make it through surgery fine because he will have very good medical care but will have to have one or two more surgeries and that he won’t make it through after the second or third.

Of course he could just settle in to a less active lifestyle and be an armchair quarterback too.

DEATH: Anyway, I say August 14, one day after his birtday.

DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT: August 20.

FUNERAL: Funeral will be an international event that will bring world leaders to Cuba under HEAVY HEAVY HEAVY security on August 26.

Note: Even though I picked these days, anyone is eligible to pick these dates and be eligible to win the $100 prizes.

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On August 01, 2006, Ari wrote:

This is macabre, but I’d love to participate :o)

Death: August 26 (my birthday)
Death Announcement: September 2 (my brother’s birthday)
Funeral: September 9 (my dad’s birthday)

Creepy as it sounds, we’d celebrate our birthdays with extra zeal if we know Castro’s kicked the bucket.

Thanks!

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On August 01, 2006, a.saarony wrote:

So sick.

Death: Jan 11, 2007
Announcement: Jan. 19, 2007
Funeral: Jan. 23, 2007

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On August 01, 2006, Lars wrote:

Is Havana Journal to follow this path? Yes, this is truly tasteless!

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On August 02, 2006, Ralph wrote:

Lars you yourself just hit the nails on the head,this blog is sullying its reputation with this unethical contest. Publisher that is a PUKE.

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On August 02, 2006, publisher wrote:

Appreciate the comments but I wanted to try and lighten things up and not be so serious all the time.

I am also using this contest as sort of a poll of Havana Journal readers to find out the mix of pro-Castro vs. anti-Castro people.

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On August 02, 2006, Spanish Eyes wrote:

Publisher,

Good attempt on trying to “lighten up” an issue that strikes at the heart of many people’s lives and ideologies.  I think it was pretty creative.

But why not just come out with a poll as to who is pro and anti Castro?  Or does that guarantee the press police showing up on your door and we’ll never hear from you again?

Having lived under a dictator myself, I laugh at the “anti-Bushies” and “pro-commies” who spout platitudes about living in Castro’s world.  There is a clear difference between living to a standard by one’s will, ingenuity and hard work versus living to a standard by the state’s will and “rewards” system.

Whether Castro is dead or alive makes no difference to me, for I don’t live and delude myself in that type of existence anymore.  But I never found anything tasteful about Castro’s governance, methods, “American victimization,” and paranoia.

Best wishes for finding a form of government that works for the Cuban people, in or out of Cuba.  I genuinely feel terrible for those trapped by the system and those who had to give up everything to escape it.  I suspect things will not get better under Raul, but he’s only 4 years younger than Fidel.  If ideologues and academic non-practitioners don’t maintain a strangelhold and continue to bad-mouth or blame other governments to prop up their idea of a good one, then Cubans worldwide have a chance of coming home to a safe, and free Cuba.

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On August 02, 2006, Cathy Carlson wrote:

Death Date:  August 30th 2006 - 1:00 p.m. eastern time
Death Announcement:  September 5th 2006
Funeral Date:  September 11th 2006

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On August 02, 2006, Rick Thomas wrote:

Death sept 15 2006
announcement Sept 16
funeral Sept 22

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On August 02, 2006, Mako wrote:

I love “Ghoul Pools” We used to do it all the time:
Death -  October 15,
Announcement- October 20
Funeral- October 25
Parties in Miami…The rest of the year

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On August 03, 2006, Bruce Douglas wrote:

I’ll go for Death 11.30am Havana time - August 9th 2006.
Death announcement 9pm Havan time - August 10th 2006
Funeral - August 13th
Cheque or bank transfer now will do.

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On October 04, 2006, CECILIO wrote:

HE WILL DIE ON OCTOBER 26 2006, THE WORLD WILL KNOW THREE DAYS LATER

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On December 11, 2006, bronxboy422 wrote:

he will die a long lingering death, about april 22, 2007
us will again deal w/ cuba after the 2008 elections

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On December 13, 2006, estelita wrote:

Wednesday December 13, 2006
Fidel Castro is death
Fidel is already in his tumb
Raul is now in charge continuing with the tradition

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On December 14, 2006, halplus wrote:

Death: Dic 8, 2006
Announcement: Dic 23, 2006
Funeral: Dic 24, 2006

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On December 28, 2006, ALIANA wrote:

Fidel Castro died november 29, 2006. They kept the silence due to caos

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On December 28, 2006, publisher wrote:

Aliana,

Thanks for your post but unless you have some international news that no one else has access to, let’s say you mean to pick that date as his death but please don’t post it to be a fact.

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On January 19, 2007, publisher wrote:

Well, since 2006 has ended and it appears that Fidel is still alive, I guess we have to close this thread.

However, if I get five people to post a request for a 2007 death pool, I will open another thread and make a new prize.

If I start a new thread, I will award $100 to the closest DEATH, DEATH ANNOUNCEMENT AND FUNERAL START DATE. That would be three $100 prizes.

So, what do you think? Do I have five people who want to see a 2007 Fidel Castro death pool?

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On April 13, 2007, Pedro wrote:

Let’s do it…

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On April 16, 2007, Yunior wrote:

This may be the year…lets start our predictions!

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On April 16, 2007, Pedro wrote:

I predict he’ll die on August 5th of this year.
It will be announced on August 7th, and he’ll be buried on August 17th.

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On August 08, 2007, peterror wrote:

He died today at 4:00 p.m,when will they announce it i dont know or the burial either

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On August 08, 2007, publisher wrote:

The source please?

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On August 17, 2007, publisher wrote:

Pedro, today is August 17th and the chatter has reached a fever pitch. We have quoted other sources with other stories in this post

Hate to do this but… Perez Hilton is reporting that Castro is dead.

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On August 23, 2007, kjg034 wrote:

I say he passes away august 23, 2007

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On August 24, 2007, gerard wrote:

He will die on 8/24/07 around 1 pm to 3 pm

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On August 24, 2007, publisher wrote:

More rumors right now at 4:47pm on Friday August 24, 2007.

Please visit this post where I am posting all sources I can find:

http://havanajournal.com/politics/entry/is-fidel-castro-dead-more-rumors/

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On August 26, 2007, the death of a tirant 5767 wrote:

i truly hope this evil man is very dead.
i am a cuban born who hates his soul.

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On September 03, 2007, rodge3713 wrote:

february 10th, 2008   thn takn communism down

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On September 24, 2007, Jeff Powell wrote:

On Nov. 23 2007 Happy Thankgiving Cuba.

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On September 25, 2007, publisher wrote:

Lots of good guesses but no winners yet.

Keep the guesses coming. I will give $100 to the winner.

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On December 26, 2007, MrFortuneTeller wrote:

im just curious. . no updates here . .is he still alive?

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On January 14, 2009, publisher wrote:

Here is the latest as of 4:40pm Eastern time Wednesday January 14, 2009:

More chatter that Fidel Castro is dead - UPDATED Fidel Castro reported to be in a coma

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On July 13, 2009, Dave Sinkiewicz wrote:

Fidel Castro will die 30 days after Michael Jackson, on July 25th. Any other Questions?

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On July 13, 2009, manfredz wrote:

how long las this speculation that fidel is dead/dying going on???  just look at first post…..
But gotta be right one of these days ..... remember tho, it aint over til its over ....