Wednesday, February 9, 2011

I Lost on Jeopardy, Baby ...

Every so often I think it's good for we as humans to be served up a healthy dose of humility and be made to feel exactly how not-smart we really are. I've taken to doing that at least once a year by taking the Jeopardy! on-line test that the show offers as part of their on-going contestant searches.

Now, not to blow my own horn or anything like that but generally speaking, I do pretty good playing along with the TV version of the show - at least I do when I get my brain to wrap itself around the answer and then for my mouth to actually then form the word(s) and it/spit them out. To actually do that has become increasingly more difficult as I wade through the brain fog that's apparently fairly normal for women of my age - annoying but normal - but I seem to know a good number of the answers, even a lot of the more obscure ones.

However, that is definitely NOT the case when I take the on-line contestant test for the show. OMG but I am a DOPE! I think out of however many questions there are, I'm lucky if I know the answer to 10 to 15 of them and even then, I'm not 100% sure on all of them. Honestly, I don't know how anyone would know the answers to the questions they ask unless you're a direct descendant of Ken Jennings!

Having put myself through the self-humiliation of taking the test again last night and knowing full well that I failed it miserably, it looks my dream of going to Hollywood and meeting Alex Trebek before taking home enough cash to pay Amanda's college tuition with some leftover for Jamie and I is going to have to be put on hold for yet another year until they offer the test again and I once again find myself looking at the screen and thinking "Seriously? People know this @#&^??"


  1. You're much braver than I! I love Jeopardy, but I am smart enough to know that I am not smart enough for Jeopardy. I know many answers in many categories... but certainly not enough nswers in enough categories. I also know that I would never be able to spit the answers out quickly enough when I DID know them in that environment. I know this just from playing Trivial Pursuit!

    But you keep trying! It's good to keep the brain exercised!

    Big hugs :]

  2. What Barb said. I'd do even worse than you claim you did. I'm terrible at these kinds of things. Don't beat yourself up. We have a cruise to do and I don't want to see any bruises on you. Just saying.

    Have a terrific day. Big hug. :)

  3. Well, there's always Who Wants to be a Millionaire!

  4. Anonymous1:29 PM EST

    Hell, I probably couldn't even fill out the contestant form! Congrats to you for trying!

  5. Shoot, I can't even utter my name when put on the spot like that! No way, no how would I appear in public for that kind of humiliation.

    Relax. Think cruise. Big hugs honey...

  6. I wish Jeopardy was shown over here. It was once for about six months 20 years ago

  7. I don't think it's a question of how smart a person is, although I'm sure intelligence is a factor. But I should think retention of facts is nearly as important. And then a person certainly has to be able to overcome stage fright and performance anxiety, because you're on TV trying to remember obscure facts and bits of knowledge.

    I read one time, or maybe I heard it somewhere, that there is a book one can read with the kinds of facts they use for Jeopardy questions.

  8. well buggers is all i know... you should have won!

    smiles, bee

  9. Ha!!! I can only bet what my score would be! When I was 30 I might have had a tiny little bitty chance, but now? Good gravy, I've turned into one big stupid lump (and I won't tell you what that lump would be!)

  10. I've noticed on the show that they have updated areas of the questions. If you are of a "certain age" and haven't kept up on all the cultural events around you, they are steering you towards qualifying for "senior jeopardy"

  11. It's easy when you're at home watching the programme but online is a different kettle of fish altogether! :0

    Anyway, keep trying, it's good to test your knowledge occasionally. :)

  12. You can always try your luck next time.
    Its not the real contest, right? :D

  13. I've always said you gotta be a darn genius to even get on that show or any like that! lol I get all excited when I can answer at least ONE question!!!! hehe xoxo


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