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April 1, 2011 11:35 AM   Subscribe

Exactly fourteen years ago, the day's episodes of Wheel of Fortune (Part 2) and Jeopardy! (Part 2, Part 3) seemed slightly different somehow.
posted by kmz (22 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
I thought the Internet invented April Fools Day pranks.
posted by Bonzai at 11:43 AM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


A leather glove.
posted by roomthreeseventeen at 11:44 AM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


If I made it on to Jeopardy and had Pat as the host instead of Alex, I would be seriously pissed.
posted by Brodiggitty at 11:45 AM on April 1, 2011 [21 favorites]


The Jeopardy! link just reminds me how much I miss the "boop boop boop boop" as the dollar amounts come up at the beginning of the show.
posted by papercake at 11:47 AM on April 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


I thought the Internet invented April Fools Day pranks.
Obviously, it was Merv Griffin.
posted by Thorzdad at 11:52 AM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


I was just in a shop with The Price Is Right playing on the TV. The props were falling apart, the contestants seemed fake, etc.
posted by StickyCarpet at 11:52 AM on April 1, 2011


If I made it on to Jeopardy and had Pat as the host instead of Alex, I would be seriously pissed.

What really got me was the fairly terrible Final Jeopardy question. You either know it or you don't. Usually FJs seem obscure but have ways of being teased out.

I thought the Internet invented April Fools Day pranks.

My favorite April Fool's is still the Swiss Spaghetti Harvest on BBC in 1957.
posted by kmz at 11:58 AM on April 1, 2011 [5 favorites]


yeah, very odd FJ. But the category is hilarious! I wish they could've turned that into a gettable question.
posted by milestogo at 12:02 PM on April 1, 2011


I have no idea why they wagered so much on the FJ question when they knew the category. Smart move would've been to wager $0 and let it play out.
posted by The Thnikkaman at 12:02 PM on April 1, 2011


Oh I caught this when it first aired - it blew my mind. Thanks for the memories
posted by headless at 12:04 PM on April 1, 2011


I was thinking it would turn out to be a surprisingly gettable question that just had a crazy sounding category name, but alas, no.
posted by kmz at 12:04 PM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


From the category, was really expecting the answer's question to be coelecanth.
posted by leotrotsky at 12:50 PM on April 1, 2011


"I'll take your mother for $100, Pat."
posted by The Hamms Bear at 2:04 PM on April 1, 2011 [1 favorite]


Agreed that the FJ is ridiculous, but I think that the contestants' wagers are equally outrageous given the category.
posted by papayaninja at 2:23 PM on April 1, 2011


The Jeopardy! link just reminds me how much I miss the "boop boop boop boop" as the dollar amounts come up at the beginning of the show.

I didn't even realize they stopped. I guess I've just been hallucinating the sound at the appropriate time for a while now.
posted by cmoj at 2:30 PM on April 1, 2011 [2 favorites]


This is my favorite part of April Fools Day. When people trade jobs.
posted by gjc at 3:58 PM on April 1, 2011


You're right, it is different. Alex still had his moustache.
posted by MrFTBN at 4:53 PM on April 1, 2011


I faintly recall reading about this, but it is fun to finally see them. I watched them at the 7 o'clock hour and for those 60 minutes I was time traveling to my 12 year old self.
posted by theartandsound at 7:24 PM on April 1, 2011


So how do they differ?
posted by telstar at 7:26 PM on April 1, 2011


Love that 1911 viewing mode that youtube added for the occasion.
posted by dr_dank at 8:30 PM on April 1, 2011


I'm just feeling very proud of myself for getting FJ right. Only because I knew a Mr. Guppy. Had I been on the show, though, I would have probably been rattled by seeing Pat, instead of Alex, and I would have lost.
posted by acoutu at 9:19 PM on April 1, 2011


In my home we watch Jeopardy and Wheel pretty much every night. Our 4 boys now join in and it has become a learning experience for all of them. To see them get a tough question right or be able to figure out a puzzle is a sweet moment. At first they were all completely resistant to it because it forced them to think about stuff that they may have learned in school, and at that hour, homework and school-related stuff was not on their agendas, lol. However, they slowly, one by one, started joining in and now they look forward to testing their brains.

I think Pat and Alex did great in the swap. The timing and cadences of both games are very different, and they blended in quite well, IMO.
posted by sundrop at 6:47 AM on April 2, 2011


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