The Obscure Rules Got These 'Jeopardy!' Contestants A Second Chance

Growing up, I watched Groundhog’s Day about a million times. My favorite part about watching movies when I was younger was imagining what I would do if I was in Bill Murray’s situation reliving my life again and again and again.

The film did an amazing job of playing out all of the mundane scenarios involving daily reincarnation. But my favorite part is Bill Murray’s deadpan delivery of crushing absolutely every single Jeopardy! answer while his fellow Bed and Breakfast mates looked on in horror.

Whenever I watch Jeopardy!, I think of that movie. In fact, I kind of hated all game shows, except for The Price is Right before watching Groundhog’s Day — it made me actually appreciate Alex Trebek and his throwback mustache.

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Now if you’re a Jeopardy! fanatic, then you’re probably aware of all the show’s rules, but there are a few not-so-known ones that even the most avid watchers would appreciate.

Which brings us to Ryan Fenster, a 4-game winner who’s returning to the show after questioning an answer incorrectly.

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Fenster’s last game saw the bespectacled contestant faced with a Double Jeopardy! question worth $ 1,200. The answer was “St. Thomas died traveling to Lyon, France while attempting to heal this rift between the Latin & Greek churches.” 

Fenster answered, “What is the Great Schism?” which was ruled as wrong.

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Fenster’s dismissal after answering the question incorrectly caught the attention of Matthew Sherman, who started his career working with the Jeopardy! team some 13 years ago as a researcher. 

Sherman now works on mobile game versions of the show, but he still pays attention to each episode and Fenster’s “Great Schism” question troubled him, because Sherman was quite sure that was the answer.

“I was watching the show that day and I saw that question come up. And I also thought the response was ‘Great Schism.'”

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After heading to Google, Sherman discovered that Fenster was indeed, correct. ‘The Great Schism’ could refer to the East-West Schism of 1054, but also the Western Schism of 1378, which was Fenster’s Double Jeopardy! question.

“I thought that was curious, so I emailed Billy Wisse, the head writer over at Jeopardy!,” Sherman said. Wisse contacted Sherman after reviewing the clue in question, and welcomed Fenster back on the show to get a crack at winning his fifth straight Jeopardy! contest and officially joining the hallowed ranks of ‘Streaker.’ 

Not that kind of streaker, you pervs.

Now Fenster isn’t the first contestant in Jeopardy! history to be brought back onto the show.

India Cooper, 1991

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Cooper was brought back after answering a Shakespeare question “incorrectly.” The clue? “The name of the character who says, ‘The evil that men do lives after them’.” India was brought back after the faulty clue and won 5 games after the show discovered its error.

Tom Morris, 2008

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Tom ended up losing to Paul Thomas in game #5454 in 2008, but when Paul was allowed extra time to write his answer down after his tablet malfunctioned, Morris was invited back on because the hiccup caused him a disadvantage.

Ashley Wilson, 2015

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This Final Jeopardy! clue did Wilson in: “The first woman space shuttle pilot shares this surname with a man on the 1st manned lunar landing 26 years earlier.” She bet all of her money on the clue and ended up coming in last place. However, upon further review, the show’s judges informed Trebek that there was a problem with the phrasing of the question. At the end of the episode he said, “Our bad, folks. Today’s Final Jeopardy! should have referred to the entire Apollo 11 mission rather than to just the lunar landing part of it. We feel that Ashley might have been disadvantaged and so we have invited her to return to play again later this week.”

She came back to the show to win on December 31st, 2015.

Vincent Valenzuela, 2018

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A spelling error got Valenzuela invited back on the show. The Final Jeopardy! question was supposed to read “this” and not “his,” which could’ve been responsible for Valenzuela’s incorrect response. It was reported that he was invited back on the show.

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Pikachu Has Bangs Now — So Pokémon Is Basically Cancelled

If you thought your favorite Pokémon was exempt from bad hair days, you were wrong. Just look at Pikachu, who is rocking some serious bangs right now — and fans of the anime series are less than thrilled by his makeover. The new look was revealed in the trailer for Nintendo Switch’s Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, where a feature allows users to customize Pikachu and Evee’s hair. You can also create matching outfits, but that’s another conversation. 

So many theories surround Pikachu’s unfortunate bangs — was he inspired by Beyoncé? Did he just go through a major breakup and need a change? Whatever the reason, fans are hoping Pikachu’s bangs grow out sooner rather than later (but we all know how long that can take). 

More importantly, Pokémon loyalists just want to know who is responsible for the drastic cut. “I just wanna know who’s responsible for giving Pikachu terf bangs,” one concerned fan tweeted before another added, “Who is responsible for this? Isn’t life hard enough for you bad people?” 

But seriously, there is no excuse for ever giving Pikachu, or Evee for that matter, bangs, Switch users. You’ve been warned. 

Back to those theories. Fans are convinced someone broke Pikachu’s heart, prompting the spontaneous trim. 

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Or even worse… a mid-life crisis.

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However, Pikachu does have some pro-bangs supporters. 

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But they are few and far between. 

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Is this the end of the world? 

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But we all know how Pikachu really feels about the bangs. 

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Pete Davidson Gifts Ariana His Most Prized Posession: His Late Dad's FDNY Badge

Pete Davidson Gifts Ariana His Most Prized Posession: His Late Dad's FDNY Badge

When Ariana Grande and Pete Davidson announced their engagement, it caused quite the internet hullabaloo.

Some people are sick and tired of Pete and Ariana’s public and online demonstrations of affection, like Seth Rogen, who had this little Instagram exchange with love-struck Davidson on Instagram.

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While I get where Rogen’s coming from, I think I side with Ariana here when she says that “love is lit,” and that the people hating on their amazing feelings for one another should just focus on creating that euphoric sentiment in their own lives.

And although there are tons of people who believe that this crazy passion between the two can’t last, you can’t deny that they are head-over-heels for each other. Something Davidson made abundantly clear when he handed Ariana his late father’s FDNY badge on a necklace. He posted a photo of his main squeeze wearing it on his Instagram page.

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Something that more than a few people took issue with.

For some, it was because Davidson’s father, Scott, died during the attacks on the World Trade Center on September 11th.

“No girl should ever wear your dad’s chain. So disrespectful.”

Davidson responded, letting the poo-pooer know that his father would’ve loved Ariana and would be very happy to see the two of them together.

“For ur information that’s not just some girl. That’s my fiancé. She’s the greatest person I know. I gave it to her because she has my heart and that is the most precious thing I own. my dad would be so happy and love her so much.”

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Then there were some people who had a problem with Davidson’s Instagram post for other reasons.

Mainly that they’re sick and tired of seeing how lovey-dovey they’re acting.

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While others think it’s a clear sign that this whole thing is happening way too fast.

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A bunch of others, however, believe that the gesture is super sweet, and aren’t down and out about love.

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Their relationship has already been a treasure trove of moments, like the wonderful lollipop photo, which was summarily turned into a meme.

And a quality meme with some long-term potential, at that.

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Whether it’s roasting your own inexplicable romantic interest choices.

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Or just wanting to get some rest.

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And if astrology is your thing, then you’ve come to the right meme.

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All right I’m a Taurus, and that one is painfully accurate.

But don’t worry, other signs, Instagram account notallgeminis has you covered.

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Can any Cancers confirm?

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See? I told you the potential was limitless.

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Guy Ruins His Chances With Date Because He Can't Believe 'Psychology' Is A College Major

Guy Ruins His Chances With Date Because He Can't Believe 'Psychology' Is A College Major

If I could go back and do it all over again, I probably wouldn’t have gone to college. Either that or I would’ve gone about it much, much differently.

First off, I wouldn’t have started off majoring in business to make my father happy, and I would’ve re-applied to my first choice school like my original interviewer suggested, instead of just comfortably staying in the university I wound up at.

I definitely would’ve taken my major more seriously and not just settled for the fact that I could easily “pass” classes and give the teacher what they wanted instead of actually fighting to give myself an education that made me happy. I know, idealistic, youthful, cheesy stuff, but what’s wrong with cheese? Cheese is awesome. I would’ve definitely walked around campus more with my group of multi-ethnic friends while posing for the university mailer pamphlet, too.

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Because I didn’t work hard enough to forge a direction for myself early on, I am always super impressed with people who know or at least seem to know what career they want to pursue from a young age.

Which is why this Snapchat conversation between two people who seem to be in the nascient stages of getting to know each in a romantic capacity is so hilarious, because they couldn’t possibly be more polar opposites.

It all begins with our friend, Lit Lord (last part of name blurred).

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It begins innocuously enough – he asks our poster what they’re studying in school. Our screenshotter answers him and he responds with what appears to be a joke.

But we quickly find out that it’s not a joke.

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We’ve come across a man who believes that being a psychopath is a major in school, because they’ve never heard of studying psychology as a major. And he’s trying to date someone who clearly knows what they want to do with their life and seems to be serious about the path they’ve chosen.

Our screenshotter is convinced that he’s still pulling their chain. But he makes it clear he isn’t.

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He laughs the whole thing off, but our Psych major isn’t letting go.

Believe it or not, the conversation gets worse.

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Lit Lord admits to not having any idea what psychology is. The man apparently has never even heard the word before! He chalks it up to not knowing anything about college, but then again, one doesn’t need to attend college to know what “psychology” means.

He does his best to explain where he’s coming from, but our Psych major just isn’t having it.

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At the very least he’s heard of “reverse psychology” and tries to offer that up as an opportunity to reach some common ground and understanding. But our screenshotter is just too flabbergasted that they’re texting with someone who has never even heard what “psychology” is.

They decide to let Lit Lord down easy and tell them they’re probably not compatible.

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Which Lit Lord thinks is weird and petty, because he isn’t trying to study when he’s not in school. Guess he missed psychology word day in class.

Lit Lord can hold his head up high though, because he totally shows our psych major at the end.

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How does she expect everyone she’s potentially going to date to know about the intricacies of the word psychology?

What’s insane is that Lit Lord leaves the conversation none the wiser. He hasn’t bettered himself, he doesn’t know anything else. All he’s discovered is that he’s unwanted after investing a certain amount of time, and he has no idea why.

Actually, it sounds like he totally went to college.

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Someone Is Pranking Classmates With A Giant Pencil And It's Hilarious

Senior pranks are one of the staples of American colleges. While the biggest ones, like pretending to crash a car into the side of a building, are typically saved for the end of the year, individual students take it upon themselves to pull off smaller tricks throughout their time at school. 

Take Twitter user @OscareWilde as an example. Several years ago, they were gifted one of those massive pencils that are absolutely useless for anything other than a gag gift. Unsurprisingly, it gathered dust in a closest for years while they tried to find a use for it. 

One day, the perfect idea came to mind. As @OscareWilde recently explained in a hilarious Twitter thread, they decided to use the pencil to pry on some of the most vulnerable people at any college—students who had forgotten their pens and dared to ask to borrow one. The thread begins…

The Twitter user explained the idea behind their prank… 

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Surprisingly, only a few people have fallen victim to this brilliant ruse. 

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@OscareWilde explains how the situation has gone down the three times they’ve been able to find a victim. 

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Their response is always pure gold. 

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But even after all of this fanfare, the three people have no choice but to accept. 

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While @OscareWilde‘s prank is hilarious, school pranks only ever get better the more people are involved. These students decided to meme their principal after he told them they couldn’t do a prank. 

While students at Cumberland High School in Wisconsin decided to pull off a prank that was so convincing, even the police department fell for it. 

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It’s not a school prank without wrapping something in cling wrap. 

Spare a thought for whoever has to clean these up. 

We’re impressed too. 

Keep on pranking, people!

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Someone Is Pranking Classmates With A Giant Pencil And It's Hilarious

Senior pranks are one of the staples of American colleges. While the biggest ones, like pretending to crash a car into the side of a building, are typically saved for the end of the year, individual students take it upon themselves to pull off smaller tricks throughout their time at school. 

Take Twitter user @OscareWilde as an example. Several years ago, they were gifted one of those massive pencils that are absolutely useless for anything other than a gag gift. Unsurprisingly, it gathered dust in a closest for years while they tried to find a use for it. 

One day, the perfect idea came to mind. As @OscareWilde recently explained in a hilarious Twitter thread, they decided to use the pencil to pry on some of the most vulnerable people at any college—students who had forgotten their pens and dared to ask to borrow one. The thread begins…

The Twitter user explained the idea behind their prank… 

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Surprisingly, only a few people have fallen victim to this brilliant ruse. 

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@OscareWilde explains how the situation has gone down the three times they’ve been able to find a victim. 

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Their response is always pure gold. 

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But even after all of this fanfare, the three people have no choice but to accept. 

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While @OscareWilde‘s prank is hilarious, school pranks only ever get better the more people are involved. These students decided to meme their principal after he told them they couldn’t do a prank. 

While students at Cumberland High School in Wisconsin decided to pull off a prank that was so convincing, even the police department fell for it. 

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It’s not a school prank without wrapping something in cling wrap. 

Spare a thought for whoever has to clean these up. 

We’re impressed too. 

Keep on pranking, people!

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Someone Is Pranking Classmates With A Giant Pencil And It's Hilarious

Senior pranks are one of the staples of American colleges. While the biggest ones, like pretending to crash a car into the side of a building, are typically saved for the end of the year, individual students take it upon themselves to pull off smaller tricks throughout their time at school. 

Take Twitter user @OscareWilde as an example. Several years ago, they were gifted one of those massive pencils that are absolutely useless for anything other than a gag gift. Unsurprisingly, it gathered dust in a closest for years while they tried to find a use for it. 

One day, the perfect idea came to mind. As @OscareWilde recently explained in a hilarious Twitter thread, they decided to use the pencil to pry on some of the most vulnerable people at any college—students who had forgotten their pens and dared to ask to borrow one. The thread begins…

The Twitter user explained the idea behind their prank… 

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Surprisingly, only a few people have fallen victim to this brilliant ruse. 

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@OscareWilde explains how the situation has gone down the three times they’ve been able to find a victim. 

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Their response is always pure gold. 

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But even after all of this fanfare, the three people have no choice but to accept. 

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While @OscareWilde‘s prank is hilarious, school pranks only ever get better the more people are involved. These students decided to meme their principal after he told them they couldn’t do a prank. 

While students at Cumberland High School in Wisconsin decided to pull off a prank that was so convincing, even the police department fell for it. 

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It’s not a school prank without wrapping something in cling wrap. 

Spare a thought for whoever has to clean these up. 

We’re impressed too. 

Keep on pranking, people!

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Someone Is Pranking Classmates With A Giant Pencil And It's Hilarious

Senior pranks are one of the staples of American colleges. While the biggest ones, like pretending to crash a car into the side of a building, are typically saved for the end of the year, individual students take it upon themselves to pull off smaller tricks throughout their time at school. 

Take Twitter user @OscareWilde as an example. Several years ago, they were gifted one of those massive pencils that are absolutely useless for anything other than a gag gift. Unsurprisingly, it gathered dust in a closest for years while they tried to find a use for it. 

One day, the perfect idea came to mind. As @OscareWilde recently explained in a hilarious Twitter thread, they decided to use the pencil to pry on some of the most vulnerable people at any college—students who had forgotten their pens and dared to ask to borrow one. The thread begins…

The Twitter user explained the idea behind their prank… 

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Surprisingly, only a few people have fallen victim to this brilliant ruse. 

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@OscareWilde explains how the situation has gone down the three times they’ve been able to find a victim. 

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Their response is always pure gold. 

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But even after all of this fanfare, the three people have no choice but to accept. 

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While @OscareWilde‘s prank is hilarious, school pranks only ever get better the more people are involved. These students decided to meme their principal after he told them they couldn’t do a prank. 

While students at Cumberland High School in Wisconsin decided to pull off a prank that was so convincing, even the police department fell for it. 

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It’s not a school prank without wrapping something in cling wrap. 

Spare a thought for whoever has to clean these up. 

We’re impressed too. 

Keep on pranking, people!

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A Little Girl Left Her Stuffed Animal At An Airport And It Went On Quite An Adventure

A Little Girl Left Her Stuffed Animal At An Airport And It Went On Quite An Adventure

Remember your beloved stuffed animal, the one you slept with, and dressed up, and dragged around everywhere until it basically disintegrated? Perhaps it survived your childhood and still sits on a shelf, as a beloved reminder of a more innocent time. Or maybe you lost it somewhere, and it was never returned. That’s what happened to my poor stuffed Lamby. Yes, it was a stuffed lamb, who I still think about occasionally. Lamby, where are you?!

I’ll never know. One little girl named Gussie was saved from this devastation after leaving her favorite stuffed animal at the Norfolk Airport. Her mother, Kelly Bridges, wrote on Facebook that not only did the airport find the stuff animal, Cookie Dough, they made Gussie a special surprise: a little book showing all its adventures out on the town.

Bridges wrote: “Guys…Gussie lost her ‘Cookie Dough’ favorite stuffed animal at the airport last week. I called the airport to let them know, and they called us later to say they found it! She went to pick it up today and they gave her this book and I about cried. Norfolk International Airport, you all are awesome.”

The booklet showed Gussie not only that it was ok for her to lose her stuffed animal, but that Cookie Dough was having the time of its life.

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It met some stuffed friends, checked the weather, and sampled some coveted airport merch:

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Then, Cookie Dough went for a spin in a very nice car, and even got to ride on the dashboard, though it missed Gussie the whole time.

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Cookie Dough even tested out some bigger cars, and got all dressed up for the job. It even met some really nice members of the rescue squad. 

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Cookie Dough got recruited to work as a police bear for a day, which seems like a big responsibility.

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And even got to drive some fancy, airport-only vehicles:

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Cookie Dough learned how to self-check for a flight, which, as we all know, is a very important skill:

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Cookie Dough also adventured in ways a kid definitely shouldn’t. Stuffed animals have more leeway for stunts, though.

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And Cookie Dough got snacks!

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The stuffed dog took a really extensive tour of all the airport areas most of us never get to see:

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Then almost got recruited again, this time for a different role:

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But it was finally time to say goodbye to all its new friends and go home to Gussie:

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Like everybody, Cookie Dough did experience some down time at the airport, but waiting around is part of the experience.

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The booklet was made specifically by the Norfolk Airport Police, which makes me think that this may be the safest airport in America. 

They seem to have a lot of time on their hands:

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And they used it to make one little girl very, very happy:

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But Cookie Dough: don’t go wandering aimlessly again.

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Watch a Magician Blow Drake's Mind With Just a Lollipop

While it might seem that Drake is untouchable following the release of his album Scorpion, which currently claims seven of the top 10 songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart — breaking a record held by The Beatles — and crossed the one billion streams mark in less than one week, it’s nice to know that something as simple as a magic trick can bring the rapper down to Earth. 

Magician Julius Dein ran into Drake in London, and proceeded to blow his mind with just a lollipop. Luckily for everyone, the moment and Drake’s reaction was captured on video. After asking Drake to name his favorite super hero (it’s Batman BTW), Julius placed the aforementioned lollipop in his mouth. 

Drake was clearly confused when he was asked to remove the lollipop from the magic-loving stranger’s mouth, asking “Why?” several times, but he finally did and the initial awkwardness was definitely worth it. In an instant, Julius transformed the candy into the shape of the caped crusader and Drake is seriously impressed. 

However, this is not the first time Drake has been visibly shaken by a magic trick. In 2016, Drake, along with Steph Curry and Dave Chapelle, watched David Blaine perform his famous frog trick — which is literally the magician throwing up an amphibian into a glass of water. Once again, the rapper’s reaction is priceless. 

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