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Nicole and Mark Klobas's Baby Pool

Welcome to our baby pool. Guess when Alexander McKay will get here, and what he'll be like -- for a chance to win a $25 Amazon gift card!!

(FYI: The "official" due date is October 4.)


Entered Sort by EnteredPerson Sort by PersonEmail Sort by EmailBirth Date Sort by Birth DateBirth Time Sort by Birth TimeLength Sort by LengthWeight Sort by WeightHair Sort by HairEyes Sort by EyesComments/ Congratulations Sort by Comments/ Congratulations
2010-08-20 17:58:12Nicole Klobas 2010-10-1202:2620.0008.625
8 lbs 10oz
2010-08-20 23:25:04Kirsten Welbeskwelbes@??
10 lbs
BlackBlueI am so excited for you guys. Don't forget to update Facebook when you go into labor.
2010-08-24 23:04:59Deah Hesterdeahh@???.
9 lbs
BaldBlueCan't wait to see who wins!
2010-09-01 22:08:53Emma Weaveremyw2@???.
7 lbs 4oz
BrownBlueCongratulations!!! I am really excited for you guys:)
2010-09-01 23:51:11Mrs. Kristin Fennymorekristin@??
7 lbs 9oz
BrownBlueWelcome to the world Alexander McKay! Congratulations to Mummy and Daddy!
2010-09-08 09:26:38Mark Klobas (a.k.a.  2010-10-0721:1721.0008.125
8 lbs 2oz
2010-09-13 21:18:04Crystal Ledbetter 2010-10-1120:3220.5008.375
8 lbs 6oz
2010-09-14 12:38:18Aunt Audraareigels@?
7 lbs 10oz
2010-09-14 13:18:17Richard Reigelsbergerrreigelsbe
8 lbs 6oz
2010-09-15 06:58:34Gigisdswindle@
8 lbs 5oz
RedBlueCan't wait to welcome him!Love you!

Your Name
Email (Optional)
(Will be partially masked for privacy / anti-spam reasons;
however, Nicole and Mark Klobas will have access
to your full email address. If you include your email, you can receive
messages such as a birth announcement or other information related to this pool.)
Birth Date
Use format yyyy-mm-dd (e.g. 2005-12-31)
  NOTE: It's not uncommon to mis-type the year part of
the date - please double check the year you enter.
Birth Time
24-hour format (e.g. 20:00 for 8pm)              
Length inches
(e.g. 20, 21.5, 22.33)
Weight lbs
(e.g. 6, 7.5, 8.33)
lbs oz

After the "Preview" you must click "Save" to save your entry to the pool.


Guesses:    10
Average Length:    19.9 in
Average Weight:        8.33 lbs
1 Bald (10%)
2 Black (20%)
1 Blond (10%)
5 Brown (50%)
1 Red (10%)
8 Blue (80%)
1 Brown (10%)
0 Green (0%)
1 Gray (10%)
0 Hazel (0%)

Scoring Explanation:

A pool entry/guess entails up to 9 components. The pool administrator chooses which components to include (in dark text below). An exact match results in a zero (0)—a perfect score—for that component. The overall score is the total points of all the active components.

Points are determined as follows:

Birth Date
1 point for each day of the week before or after actual (for instance, off by two weeks means 14 points).

Birth Time
A value ranging roughly between 0 – 3 points for time of day (approximately 0.12 points per hour difference. For instance, plus or minus 4 hours is approximately a half point; birth date is not part of the calculation, so clock time is relative and not calculated across the midnight boundary).

1 point if guess is wrong.

1 point for every inch (or 0.3937 points per cm) greater or less than actual (technically, if the actual is 20 inches and the guess is of 19.999, then 1/1000 of a point is added, for example).

1 point for every lb (or 2.2 points per kg) greater or less than actual (technically, if the actual is 7 lbs and the guess is of 7.001, then 1/1000 of a point is added, for example).

1 point if guess is wrong.

1 point if guess is wrong.

First Name & Middle Name
On average, one will gain 2 to 4 points for an incorrect guess.

The characters of a name are analyzed for similarity. Character parity, order, and count determine how close the guess is to the actual; phonetic distance is also taken into account. For example, if the actual name is "Bart", then:

"Barry" scores better than "Bartholomew" (count: Bart [4], Barry [5], Bartholomew [11]).
"Brad" scores better than "Jill" (parity: Brad contains the 'a' & 'r', but Jill contains neither).
"Marli" scores better than "Keira" (order: both contain the 'a' & 'r' of Bart, but in Keira it occurs in the wrong order).

If the actual name is "Stu", then:
"Stew" scores better than "Stan" (phonetic: pronunciation usage of 'u' more closely related to 'ew' than 'an').

Case matters ('A' is not equal to 'a')!

There's also significant penalty points for a guess that looks like a non-guess: "?" or "???", for instance.

Note: When the administrator of the baby pool enters the Actual Results, some, but not all components may be filled in. Actual Results components of numeric type which are left blank will default to zero (0). Blank multiple choice components will display blank and 1 point is applied equally to all participants for that component. If the Actual Results are removed and re-entered (for the sake of corrections/additions), scores will be recalculated. If a pool component is deselected by the pool administrator, any data entered while it was active will be ignored by the total score calculation.