Classic Game Show Moments
I'm completely convinced that I would be a great game show contestant. Unfortunately, the game show where my particular brand of knowledge would be helpful hasn't been invented yet. There are a few shows that come very close and, of all of the great game show that are out there, I'd say that Jeopardy comes the closest to being my game. I'm great at Jeopardy. The problem is that I'm great at Jeopardy when I'm alone and sitting on my couch with no pressure to not look stupid. I've played Jeopardy in front of an audience and, believe me, it's a different animal.
I was taking a cruise a few years back, and I noticed that Jeopardy was one of the games we cruisers could play. And, since I was so good at that at home on my couch, I decided to sign up to play. Well, I did and, sure enough, my name was called to be a contestant. As I made my way to the stage, everything I ever knew about rivers of the world and Shakespeare's Sonnets went right out of my head.
There was no money involved, but the fear of looking like a mouth breather was foremost in my mind. When I buzzed in on a question, I was nearly frozen with panic and, even as I blurted out my answer in near pidgin English, I was hoping that I wasn't going to wind up on a blooper reel at the end of the cruise.
Well, the good news is that I came in second and didn't end up being the laughing stock I feared I would be, but I sure learned the difference between being smart at home alone and being smart under pressure. Here is a collection of people who didn't fare so well when it came to not looking foolish.