Friday, June 27, 2014

A handsome question

Another day, another viral game show video. Jeopardy player Ari Voukydis finds a very funny way of giving up on the final clue. See the screenshot for the details.

In case you have to know, the correct question was: "Who is Alfred Nobel?" The Final Jeopardy clue was: "In 1891, this European said: 'Perhaps my factories will put an end to war sooner than your congresses.'" As we all know from bloody experience, Nobel's factories didn't end war. They just made it more explosive.

An aside: I recall the notorious gibe that we should forgive Nobel for inventing dynamite. But we can never forgive him for inventing the Nobel Peace Prize. Anyway, Ari's question got some laughs and even an amused look from Alex Trebek. The linked story says that Ari is "an avid BuzzFeed writer and a teacher at UCB." Too bad he can't add "successful Jeopardy contestant" to the resume.

By the way, the final clue was a triple stumper, which is a little surprising. I happened to know about Nobel's quote, but then I've been reading a few articles about the Nobel Peace Prize. Sometimes the weirdest stuff comes in handy on Jeopardy.

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