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June 19, 2007

Sorta Fun Time-Waster For Beatles Fans

More of a game for a long car ride, but whatever.

Name characters from Beatles songs.

Here are the rules to clear up ambiguities. I'm anal, sue me.

1) Named characters are of course permitted.

2) "Characters" may be real people.

3) All the various pronouns -- "I," "me," "you," "her," etc., are not "characters." Neither are nonspecific nouns ("Girl," "Baby").

4) Characters may be "named" by a specific title. Royal titles, mostly. If you know what I'm saying, and you probably do.

5) Characters who are not named but who are identified as being singular, specific people count. The simple rule here? "The" as part as an identifying description makes it a singular, individual character for these purposes. Without a "the," a description isn't a "character." E.g., "pornographic priestess" isn't a specific character.

5 a) Other articles or modifiers are non-specific and don't count (e.g., "Your Mother" is not a a character name as it is non-specific -- could mean all of your mothers, which is what it does seem to mean. Neither is John's mention of "my mother" and "my father" in Yer Blues, because... well, the references are specific but only with respect to a non-specific "I.") "Rich Man" isn't a character, as he's a Rich Man, not the Rich Man.

5 b) "The" doesn't count, though, when used to identify a group. The game is about individual characters, not groups (e.g., "the children" doesn't count).

6) A character doesn't need to have been given a full name. First names are fine, as are last names.

7) The character must be specifically named or referenced in the song, not known by outside-the-song trivia. In other words, you can't say that Peter Fonda is the character "she" in She Said, She Said.

8) Penny Lane and Strawberry Fields are not characters, they are places. They were only character names in that dopey Sgt. Pepper movie with Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees.

Anyway. Lot of rules, but then, I want to avoid the bloody knife-fight that broke out when I made the game up.

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