Tonight's Jeopardy! had a lovely, subtle tribute to Michelle McNamara and Patton Oswalt

Long-time Jeopardy! fans know that the show’s writers like to get creative with their category titles, threading in themes, rhymes, and fun little punchlines for attentive fans to catch. (An example from a recent episode: The actor-focused “Jeff Bridges” in the first round leading into the geographical “Beaux Bridges”…

Willy Wonka's Mike Teavee was on Jeopardy! and didn't mention his chocolate adventure

Jeopardy! fans are well-versed in what makes for a good anecdote during the contestant introductions, since we’ve all suffered through too many boring stories about how someone’s spouse proposed in a weird way or how they’re a teacher and they like to play Jeopardy! with the kids in their class, but one contestant on…

Poor, sweet, good-hearted Jeopardy! contest confuses Jack White for Eminem

Not all Jeopardy! failures are equal. While some are negligible—one’s use of “gangster” instead of “gangsta,” for example—others are positively Turd Fergusonian. Take, for example, sweet, sweet Julie’s blunder in the above clip, which finds her confusing rapper Eminem with rocker Jack White. Had the question—Which…

Jeopardy! contestant blows it by confusing "gangsters" and "gangstas"

Jeopardy! contestant Nick Spicher got a $1,400 lesson in the importance of proper pronunciation last night, courtesy of the rap-minded sticklers of the long-running trivia show’s notoriously strict judging table. Spicher was poking around one of the show’s nerdier categories—“Music & Literature Before & After,” which…

What’s your pop-culture comfort food?

Welcome back to AVQ&A, where we throw out a question for discussion among the staff and readers. Consider this a prompt to compare notes on your interface with pop culture, to reveal your embarrassing tastes and experiences, and to ponder how our diverse lives all led us to convene here together. Got a question you’d…

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Guy tries to mansplain Indiana Jones’ costume to the woman who designed it

Here’s another cautionary tale for men who plan to be obnoxious on the internet any time soon. After a screenshot from a recent Jeopardy! episode was shared on Facebook, one foolish dude took to the comments to argue that a question about the inspiration for Indiana Jones’ outfit in Raiders Of The Lost Ark was…

Jeopardy! has found its newest superstar, and he is a sassy bearded man

Over the last several years, Jeopardy! has remained relevant by serving as a breeding ground for intellectual personalities. First, there was Ken Jennings, the charismatic brainiac who won 74 games in a row—the show’s longest winning streak—and took home more than $3 million. He’s since published a number of…

Jeopardy!’s “Stay Woke” category was awfully literal

There’s always been a fair amount of wordplay in Jeopardy!’s category titles, clues, and answers—writers have to do something to spice up reframing questions about the Founding Fathers for the umpteenth time—but pop culture relevance is a more recent concern. Occasionally, this tapping into the zeitgeist produces…