posted on Jan, 12 2006 @ 02:18 PM
Originally posted by DCFusion
Originally posted by jrod
I've heard they are given a list of possible 'answers' before the show.
Not sure about this one because if it ever leaked out that contestants were given such a list, it would cause quite a stir. But I have often wondered
if the topics/questions were selected based on the contestants prior experiences, schooling etc. It wouldn't make for a very interesting game show if
people were not winning lots of money.
Not according to my high school physics teacher. He went on the show in 1995 (I think, I was a junior in his class then). He spent several days
discussing his experiences (and trying to make lessons from them). Never once did he ever mention getting the answers ahead of time.
He did tell us that if you buzz in too soon, you are penalized by having a slight delay put on your buzzer for the next question. That may be why you
might notice that it seems like people are buzzing like crazy, they don't light up.
Also, as further evidence of no foreknowledge, he gave, perhaps, the DUMBEST answer in the HISTORY of a Jeopardy Daily Double.
I'll never forget it. He got the following answer:
This country has the world's lowest birth rate: 0.
His response (after an agonizingly long time, during which he made some very amusing faces):
Uhhhhh....I don't know....what is China?..?
The world's lowest birth rate!?!?!?! CHINA?!?!?!?!
I almost fell out of my chair, and I was in high school. I'm sure he just panicked, though.
The correct response, BTW, would have been:
What is The Vatican?