Nuclear War Death Pool

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Still, Dave checked if there were any newsmakers in the area who might be good candidates for his regular ghoul pools. "You never know," he says.

Heidelberger, however, says he's hoping that the bombing never comes. In a perfect world, India and Pakistan will disarm and he'll throw a "nonproliferation party" with money in the pot.

"Unfortunately," he says, "I'm a pessimist. Someone will win my contest and the rest of the world will lose."

Of course, if the world ends, all bets are off.

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