Entertainment / 08-04-2020

Pandemic answer on ‘Jeopardy’ has people totally freaked out

Pandemic answer on ‘Jeopardy’ has people totally freaked out

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I’ll take “predicting the future” for $1,000, Alex.

“Jeopardy!” fans were bowled over on Tuesday night when a clue on the board seemed to reference the coronavirus pandemic.

But the April 7 episode — in which three university students were competing as the storied ABC game show’s two-week-long College Championship — was filmed in early February, according to The Ringer.

Nathaniel Miller, a sophomore at Yale, selected an $800 clue during Double Jeopardy from the category “Health & Medicine.”

Beloved host Alex Trebek, who is battling pancreatic cancer, read out the prompt: “From a Greek word for people, it describes a disease that affects many people at one time.”

Miller buzzed in with the correct answer, “What is a pandemic?”

The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic on March 11.

It didn’t take long for fans of the show to exclaim over the coincidence on social media.

Christopher Powers posted a video of the question-and-answer, commenting, “‘Pandemic’ an answer on Jeopardy tonight. Eerie.”

Some viewers were struck with emotion. “Did anyone else get a lump in their throat when they realized ‘pandemic’ was an answer on #Jeopardy tonight or just me?” tweeted video producer Justin Rocke.

Others cracked jokes. “The Matrix just glitched,” @MarkWithAnM quipped.

Others who tuned in Tuesday night were gobsmacked at the timing, wondering if the show’s staffers orchestrated any behind-the-scenes coordinating.

Most just chalked it up to a sad kind of serendipity.

08-04-2020 07:00, source: foxnews, by James Foster
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