Today's Topic Themes
Each day, pooclub issues a topic for discussion and debate known as Today’s Topic.
Normally these are contributed by members of pooclub such as yourself,
but on occasions in which no one has contributed a topic the pooclub elves who keep
the pooclub cogs turning will supply us with a topic.
Spot The Theme
The five topics that are posted each weekday invariably have a common theme.
This theme is only revealed at the end of the week as it makes for an interesting
challenge for members to guess what the theme is before the week is out.
So interesting is this interesting challenge that the elves award a prize to
the first person to identify the theme, the prize being in some way related to the theme.
Odd One Out
For further interest, there is often an odd one out – a topic that although it
fits the theme, is in some way different from the other four topics.
A bonus prize is offered to the first person to identify the odd one out and
explain why it is so.
Another bonus prize is awarded to anyone who can guess what tomorrow’s
Today’s Topic will be. If you have already identified the theme before Friday
then you may be able to predict what the topics might be for the rest of the week.
Also, it is worth noting that the Today's Topic introductions are not always
entirely accurate. Often the elves will deliberately slip in a snippet of
inaccurate, or occasionally totally fabricated, information.
This is not to mislead you, or even test you to see if you're paying attention,
but to give you something to contend.
After all, Today's Topic would be rather dull if every day everybody simply
responded with 'Yup, I agree with all that', wouldn't it?
So, to encourage vigilance, pooclub offers yet another bonus prize to anyone
who can identify and correct a piece of disinformation.
Any More Prizes?
Normally, you would think that you couldn’t determine the theme until
Tuesday at the earliest. But that’s not necessarily true.
If you can guess the theme on Monday, just from the one topic that we’ve had
so far, you will win a special bonus prize.
And if you guess the theme before any topics have been posted then you get an
extra special mega-boffo super-duper amazing once-in-lifetime star prize!
All prizes are, as usual, subject to the elves being arsed to send them,
but the most covetted prizes are not these discretionary ones doled out
willy-nilly at the elves' whim, but the
Topic Theme Oblongs!
Oh yes, indeed.
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