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I know it. You know it. The American people know it. And now it’s been corroborated by the ultimate smartypants authority: Jepoardy, and more specifically, Alex Trebek.
Yes, Steve Wilhite — inventor of the looping mobile image format that conquered the Internet long ago — has always insisted that his creation should be pronounced with a soft “g;” you’re supposed to say it like the peanut butter, not “gift” without the “t.” And yet plenty of us continue to ignore his wishes, including the Oxford English Dictionary — which allows for both pronunciations.
Not America’s favorite quiz show, though. Tuesday »
- Hillary Busis
Last night's Jeopardy! touched on the most controversial topic of our time: How does one pronounce .Gif? Prescriptivists to the left! Descriptivists to the right! Everybody keep your hands to yourselves! The Final Jeopardy answer read: "The inventor of this image format said the Oed wrongly has 2 pronunciations of it — the right one is with a soft 'G.'" All the contestants answered correctly, and while the show technically did not render a decision on the great djiff-ghiff debate, Alex Trebek did pronounce the word with the soft G. The battle, however, rages on. »
- Margaret Lyons
What is the strongest evidence to date that Doctor Who has infiltrated American culture?
Doctor Who was the subject of the Final Jeopardy question on the U.S. TV game show Jeopardy recently. According to Fikkle Fame, this was on July 16. The clue:
For those unfamiliar with the show, contestants receive “questions” in the form of clues, and must supply the “answer” in the form of a question. So the correct response to this would be “What is Doctor Who?” Which — again according to Fikkle Fame — all the contestants got right. Which confirms, I suppose, that the people who appear on Jeopardy are enormous dorks with heads full of useless knowledge. (I say this with great respect and affection, as it would apply to me as well.)
Thanks to bronxbee for the heads-up.
Image via Doctor Who, Ph.D. on Facebook.
(If you stumble across a cool Doctor Who thing, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Alex Trebek is under fire after causing eighth-grader Thomas Hurley III to nearly cry on Jeopardy. Plus, Oprah Winfrey speaks out about Paula Deen's recent N-word scandal: See Us Weekly's top stories from Tuesday, Aug. 6, in the roundup. 1. Alex Trebek Almost Makes 12-Year-Old Jeopardy! Contestant Cry Sometimes Jeopardy! isn't all fun and games. Host Alex Trebek is feeling the heat after causing eighth grader Thomas Hurley III to nearly cry during the Final Jeopardy! round during an episode of the game show on Wednesday, July 31. 2. [...] »
Sometimes Jeopardy! isn't all fun and games. Host Alex Trebek is feeling the heat after causing eighth grader Thomas Hurley III to nearly cry during the Final Jeopardy! round during an episode of the game show on Wednesday, July 31. The Newtown, Conn., resident believes he was cheated out of $3,000 because his final answer was misspelled. "I was pretty upset that I was cheated out of the final Jeopardy! question," he told The News-Times of Danbury. "It was just a spelling error." The question Hurley received was, [...] »
A competitor on "Jeopardy!" during the quiz show's recent Kids Week is speaking out after an untimely misspelling cost him money and left him feeling, as he says, "cheated."
Thomas Hurley III, a 12-year-old Newtown, Connecticut resident, wagered $3,000 of his $9,600 on the show's Final Jeopardy! round. With the category "The Civil War," the answer provided was "Abraham Lincoln called this document which took effect in 1863, 'a fit and necessary war measure.'"
Hurley III's written response: "What is the Emanciptation Proclamation?"
Though he knew the answer, he wasn't awarded his wager because he "misspelled it badly," as host Alex Trebek said, nothing that the judges were ruling against him.
"I was pretty upset that I was cheated out of the final 'Jeopardy!' question," the youngster told the Dansbury News-Times, recalling the February taping. (The episode aired on Wednesday, July 31.) "It was just a spelling error."
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Under the category "Famous Documents,'' the Final Jeopardy question referenced an 1863 document that President Abraham Lincoln called a "fit and necessary war measure.'' The correct answer was "Emancipation Proclamation," but Hurley flubbed the spelling, writing "Emanciptation Proclamation."
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- Liz Raftery
Newtown, Conn. — A Connecticut eighth-grader who misspelled the correct answer to a Jeopardy! question and lost money over it says he was cheated. Thomas Hurley III correctly answered the "Final Jeopardy" question about the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln. But Thomas spelled it "emanciptation" and was ruled out by host Alex Trebek. Story: 'Jeopardy!' Host Alex Trebek on Will Ferrell's 'SNL' Impression, Retirement and Another Dream Job He bet $3,000 of his $9,600 in winnings and finished well behind a rival, who amassed $66,600. "I was pretty upset that I was cheated out
- the Associated Press
Newtown, Conn. — A Connecticut eighth-grader who misspelled the correct answer to a "Jeopardy!" question and lost money over it says he was cheated.
Thomas Hurley III correctly answered the Final Jeopardy question about the Emancipation Proclamation signed by President Abraham Lincoln. But Thomas spelled it "emanciptation" and was ruled out by host Alex Trebek.
He bet $3,000 of his $9,600 in winnings and finished well behind a rival who amassed $66,600.
"I was pretty upset that I was cheated out of the final `Jeopardy!' question," he told The News-Times of Danbury (). "It was just a spelling error." http://bit.ly/13KTg7D
The Newtown Middle School student won $2,000 as the runner-up.
In an email, producers of Jeopardy! defended Trebek's decision.
"If `Jeopardy!' were to give credit for an incorrect response (however minor), the show would effectively penalize the other players," they said. "We love presenting young people as contestants on our »
In second place, with a wager of $3,000, Thomas was surely confident in his Final Jeopardy! answer. Just one problem: In his haste, he added an extra t to the words "Emancipation Proclamation," making it "Emanciptation Proclamation" instead. This makes us sad. He knew the answer! From those of us who continue to make typos every day (specifically yours truly), this should count, Alex. * This post originally stated that young Thomas (who we originally misidentified as Skyler) could have won had he answered correctly. That was incorrect. We still think the poor kid should have been cut a little slack. »
- Lindsey Weber
We'll take game show embarrassment for $200, Alex.
"Jeopardy!" fans are buzzing in outrage over the show's treatment of an 8th-grade contestant who got the Final Jeopardy! question right Wednesday night but spelled it slightly wrong.
The show's Facebook fan page was flooded with support for player Thomas Hurley of Newtown, Conn., and brickbats for host Alex Trebek and the judges. "Shame on you Jeopardy & Alex!!" wrote one visitor.
Watch above as Thomas and his opponents in the Kids Week episode field the Final Jeopardy! answer: "Abraham Lincoln called this document, which took effect in 1863, 'a fit and necessary war measure.'"
Thomas writes, "What is the Emanciptation Proclamation," adding an extra "t" after the "p." But his intent is abundantly clear.
Trebek lets Thomas know the judges are ruling against him because he "misspelled it badly." "...That's unfortunate," says Trebek.
When eventual champ and record-setter Skyler Hornback reveals that he has the correct question, »
- The Huffington Post
Washington -- It was one of the most iconic moments in the history of daytime TV: With a shout of "The streak is over!" Susan Lucci, after 19 nominations, won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series.
Fourteen years later, the pale pink dress and bedazzled Manolo Blahnik shoes Lucci wore that night in 1999 are officially part of American history. At a ceremony Thursday to mark a new partnership between the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Lucci's Emmys outfit, along with other artifacts of classic daytime TV, were added to the museum's culture collection.
Other inducted items include memorabilia from "Jeopardy!" and an original "Barney" script.
Trebek, who donated "Jeopardy" category cards, a contestants' buzzer, final reveal panels and a 1984 script, told the Los Angeles Times that he had stored the Final Jeopardy question panels, from »
- The Huffington Post
Long before he was starring in every other box office hit, Joseph Gordon-Levitt was just an enthusiastic kid with a love of trivia ... and long hair.
In the episode above, 16-year-old Gordon-Levitt is sporting his classic "3rd Rock From The Sun" 'do and killing it on a 1997 episode of "Celebrity Jeopardy," where he was pitted against Kirsten Dunst and Benjamin Salisbury, who played the middle Sheffield child on "The Nanny."
When host Alex Trebeck read, "Holden Calfield, the hero of this Salinger novel, hates movies, phones, and his classmate Ernest Morrow," Gordon-Levitt (who went by "Joey" at the time) interrupted with some "ooh ooh's." Then, he responded excitedly, "What is 'Catcher In The Rye?' I'm so excited! That's my favorite book."
Though he was right, Salisbury ended up winning it all in Final Jeopardy. But who's winning these days? Definitely Jgl.
- Leigh Weingus
Usually, big moments on "Jeopardy" come when a winning player gets the right question to the answer in Final Jeopardy. That wasn't the case during the most recent Teen Tournament on the show. The Tournament's champion, Leonard Cooper, gave what was technically the wrong answer (in the form of a question).
But his was better. Much better.
The Final Jeopardy answer at the end of the Tournament on Tuesday (Feb. 12) was as follows: "On June 6, 1944, he said, 'The eyes of the world are upon you.'"
While the correct question (guessed by only one of the three boys in the Tournament) was "Who is Dwight D. Eisenhower?" Cooper's question is much better:
"Who is some guy in Normandy, but I just won $75,000!"
Although this was still a bit of a gamble -- one of the other players could technically have beaten Leonard with the right answer and wager -- Cooper was correct in this. »
14 items from 2013
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