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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This Woman's Tinder Profile Has People Arguing About Toilet Paper Rules

Dating can be rough. You gotta go through a lot of frogs to find your prince, and a lot of the frogs can be crappy at messaging on Tinder. They’ll send a bad message responding to your bio, your pictures, your musical taste. Any info they can get about you could inspire a stupid comment or rude question. But this is the price we pay for l’amour.

Writer Hana Michels shared her own issues with this system on Twitter, sharing an image of herself she’s had on Tinder. In it, she’s standing in the bathroom, brushing her teeth. In the background, a toilet paper roll is visible. According to Michels, in the past year she’s received 23 messages from men telling her she’s hanging her TP wrong. 

Men, I ask you: why?

She further clarified that she also swipes on women, none of whom have had a thing to say about her toilet paper roll.

The thing is, people have opinions about toilet paper, and her tweet got a lot of responses:

TP can be divisive in the household:

Can a roommate relationship recover after toilet paper has split it asunder? Michels seems open to understanding another point of view, as long as it doesn’t come at her via Tinder.

And her view is not uncommon. Many agree that under is the way, the word, the truth:

There are actually lots of practical reasons for it:

But then came the naysayers, many of whom took umbrage with Michel’s assertion that only men sent her this message.

At least one person has been literally taking on the issue with their own two hands:

But there is actually an answer to this eternal debate. 

The original toilet paper roll was patented in 1891 by New York businessman Seth Wheeler, according to the Huffington Post. According to Wheeler, the paper should go over:

This info was also submitted to the debate:

But the best answer in my opinion is this:

If you’re not paying for and stocking my TP, don’t talk to me about it. Especially before you even buy a girl a drink.

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Guy Texts His Girlfriend Some Hilarious Ground Rules Before They Watch 'Infinity War' Together

Guy Texts His Girlfriend Some Hilarious Ground Rules Before They Watch ‘Infinity War’ Together

We all have that one movie we really, really want to see. The one we’ve obsessed over for months or sometimes years. We’ve watched the trailers, read all the fan theories, and monitored director changes. Of course we bought pre-sale tickets before post production even began.

Now there’s nothing wrong with going to see that movie alone, but there is usually a special someone you want to tag along that makes the movie watching experience that much more enjoyable.

Just as long as they follow some basic guidelines and protocols, of course.

Usually, those guidelines are unspoken rules and if you have to really spell them out for the friend you’re bringing along to see the movie you-just-can’t-wait-to-see, then chances are they weren’t your first choice to bring with you to watch the film anyway.

However, some people want to be extra, super, specific, clear, and open about what they expect from their movie-watching experience. Like this guy who is very, very, very much looking forward to Marvel’s Infinity War. So much so that he texted his girlfriend an extensive list of ground rules she is expected to adhere to while they watch the movie.

And while they seem excessive, it’s kind of easy to understand why he’d do it. Pretty much all of the Marvel movies that were released since the Edward Norton Hulk film have been leading up to this.

He goes all-in from the first couple of rules. He made it very clear that he doesn’t want the experience tainted by questions or any kind of lovey-dovey business.

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Now those might seem a bit extreme, but they’re easy enough to understand, I hate it when people ask me questions, especially during a movie I’m watching for the first time myself.

But rules 4,5,6 are when the requests get a little over the top. Just a little.

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I mean I get where the guy is coming from, don’t you hate it when you’re excited about something and the person you’re with doesn’t care as much as you do? Here’s hoping his SO is good at faking tears, and having a lawyer handy.

He shows just how serious he is about watching this film with rule #6 though. Mass shootings be damned, he will make it to the end of Infinity War.

But, if she abides, she gets to have her favorite ice cream afterwards. I guess that’s reward enough for subduing a deranged psychopath with a gun, right?

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Some people honestly saw where the guy was coming from.

Other guys were just nodding their heads saying, “yup”.

Joke or not, there were some Twitter users who weren’t tickled pink by the boyfriend’s texts to his boo.

And some had problems with just some of the rules and restrictions.

Still, it seemed like there were more people who thought the man’s demands weren’t all that crazy.

How would you feel if someone invited you for a movie and (half-jokingly) sent over those demands? What would you say?

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