Alex Trebek suffers 'minor heart attack'

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they don't reverse the questions and answers, they just reverse the form they are said in.

abanana, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 04:47 (6 years ago) Permalink

my one great regret in life is not getting jeopardy on the tv channels i get.

i would watch it every day.

s1ocki, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 07:12 (6 years ago) Permalink

I like when someone goes "umm, is it Straviski?" and he's like "sorr-- oh wait, that is in the form of a question!"

nabisco, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 07:19 (6 years ago) Permalink

Like the accidental questions. It always happens on Daily Doubles, too. I'm surprised more people don't start freewheeling and doing dumb question forms.

nabisco, Wednesday, 12 December 2007 07:21 (6 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

Trebek is a quintessential NERD and a know it all who appears smarter than everyone on the program, except he has all the answers! This guy,in real life, would put the dead to sleep! He certainly qualifies to be in politics: full of BS and an empty suit who thinks well of himself! LOSER!!!!!!!!!!

omar little, Monday, 8 November 2010 23:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

Thank you so much, omar. Now the rest of my life may at last begin.

Aimless, Tuesday, 9 November 2010 01:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

FUCK YOU "ALEX" "TREBEK"

Z S, Tuesday, 9 November 2010 02:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

:/

bloc trebek-quois (donna rouge), Tuesday, 9 November 2010 02:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

I still like this guy!

17th Century Catholic Spain (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 9 November 2010 02:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

Wait, I just noticed Trebek rhymes with Quebec. Nothing will ever be the same again.

Aimless, Tuesday, 9 November 2010 02:12 (3 years ago) Permalink

I was just joshing - I think he's probably an ok person. Pat Sajak, on the other hand, seriously, fuck that guy

Z S, Tuesday, 9 November 2010 02:33 (3 years ago) Permalink

Alex is so subtly snide, I love it.

Flavors: Onions and other flavors (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 9 November 2010 02:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

Maybe I'm just reading too much into his voiceovers for the PS2 Jeopardy! game. "Oooooh...I'm sorry." You're not sorry, Alex, you snide old fox.

Flavors: Onions and other flavors (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 9 November 2010 02:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

I love you can tell he's getting fed up with the ineptitude of the contestants. After 3 wrong answers in a row: "....no...."

Z S, Tuesday, 9 November 2010 02:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

Z S, Tuesday, 9 November 2010 02:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

I heard he was a total lush!

Flavors: Onions and other flavors (Abbbottt), Tuesday, 9 November 2010 02:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

Know what the Jeopardy! archive should contain, are lists of his question (technically, answer) responses in the affirmative. Any old Jeopardy! viewer can notice that Trebek won't merely regurgitate "correct" after every correct answer. But only the truly astute among us have observed that his alternatives to "correct" are as varied as they are plentiful. "Yep," "uh huh," "that's the one," etc. Obviously there is a finite supply, of which these are but a few, but because Trebek produces such a robust vocabulary of these utterances designed to signify the contestant has answered correctly, it appears, to the casual observer, that they are rarely repeated. It is unlikely, for example, that you would ever hear a "that's right" followed immediately by another, or for that matter, consecutive "you got its." So, unless it can proven that Trebek is naturally a statistical anomaly with the ability to maintain a remarkable adherence to some statistical measure of random distribution, I assume his writers are rightfully credited with this phenomenon. And if indeed the writers are responsible, they should be archiving this shit. It's incredible.

del griffith, Tuesday, 9 November 2010 03:08 (3 years ago) Permalink

glengarry glenn danzig (latebloomer), Tuesday, 9 November 2010 03:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

Not quite as great as the 'drunk' video but:

EveningStar (Sund4r), Tuesday, 9 November 2010 04:18 (3 years ago) Permalink

"that's the one"

I LOVE when he says that

Z S, Tuesday, 9 November 2010 04:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

Z S, Tuesday, 9 November 2010 05:07 (3 years ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

Back and kicking ass (but also tearing tendons).

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 28 July 2011 03:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

not sure quite why, but something about him has always bugged me sooo much, like to the point where i find it hard to watch the show

dell (del), Thursday, 28 July 2011 03:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

It's his utter inability to feign the slightest interest in the interviewing-the-contestants segment. Every single show there's a supremely awkward moment.

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Thursday, 28 July 2011 03:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

del, you and i are hella different dels, dog.

del griffith, Thursday, 28 July 2011 03:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

Trebek is 71. The past three decades have passed by in a blur, he says. He wanted to be many different things when he was growing up — actor, doctor, prime minister — but somehow ended up doing what he’s doing: presiding over five tapings every Tuesday and Wednesday, arriving at work at noonish and returning by 6 or 6:30 p.m. to his mansion in Studio City, his wife of 22 years and his 91-year-old mother. He spends the rest of the week traveling (he’s been to every continent except Australia), devouring television (“The Borgias” and “Law & Order” marathons) and books (he recently bristled at the iffy merits of Bill O’Reilly’s “Killing Lincoln”). He mentions, as he has in previous interviews, that he likes to fix his property’s aging sprinkler system. L.A.’s gurgly water pressure — which varies from 105 to 155 pounds per square inch, he says — strains the system’s old rubber diaphragms. Trebek talks about the sprinklers like Lennie talks about the rabbits or Norman Thayer talks about the loons on Golden Pond.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 30 April 2012 05:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

I cannot host as my wife hates Walker (latebloomer), Monday, 30 April 2012 07:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 19:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

This was a great tournament -- Leonard's huge comeback was great.

HuffPo Sideboob/Underboob Bureau Chief (WilliamC), Wednesday, 13 February 2013 19:53 (1 year ago) Permalink

It was great, but Leonard botched the math - if Nilai gets Eisenhower, he wins, right? That's a 14,000 swing and gets him to 40,400, 400 pust Leonard. The bet 0 and write "I just won 70k" move would've looked really foolish if he had lost.

Panaïs Pnin (The Yellow Kid), Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

That one match that ended without a winner was pretty funny.

Trip Maker, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

But he didn't, so...

xp

Ulna (Nicole), Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

he did singlehandedly make the teen tournament entertaining, which I usually dislike watching (I schedule my workouts around Jeopardy, damnit). I love the contestants that aren't afraid to get a few wrong.

frogbs, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:25 (1 year ago) Permalink

the fact that he could have still lost makes it all the more badass

frogbs, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

Was totally rooting for Leonard. The everyone-at-zero game was weird enough, but for Leonard to not only bet $18k on a Daily Double, but to also be all "Hi, I just won" on Final was brilliant.

The guy next to him was kind of hilarious, frantically flailing around with his buzzer and shouting all his responses.

Tarfumes The Escape Goat, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

I love the contestants that aren't afraid to get a few wrong.

My impression is that smart Jeopardy gameplay involves not guessing if you're not 100% sure of the answer. Barrett, the Young Republican guy in the final, had his momentum stalled several times in the final with wrong guesses, especially the Bible category in day 1.

xp -- that was Barrett, I couldn't stand that unctuous toadying shit.

HuffPo Sideboob/Underboob Bureau Chief (WilliamC), Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:38 (1 year ago) Permalink

in a vacuum, shouldn't it be correct to guess if you're 51% sure of the answer?

frogbs, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

nope

Ima R.A.E.D. (DJP), Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

it's just poor strategy; if you don't know the answer, you can't be penalized if you don't guess, whereas if you guess and get it wrong you are definitely penalized

basically it's SAT test strategy mapped onto a game show

Ima R.A.E.D. (DJP), Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:45 (1 year ago) Permalink

It's a math equation - say you're 60% sure of the answer and the question is worth $1000.

Getting it right (1000 x .60) vs. getting it wrong (-1000 x .40) ~ an EV of +$200 for guessing

Plus, buzzing in gives you a few additional seconds to get the answer...

frogbs, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

Z S, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:51 (1 year ago) Permalink

I'm always buzzing in for alec trebek ;)

乒乓, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

I love Leonard!! Barrett was THE WORST. UGH.

go to party leather (ENBB), Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:54 (1 year ago) Permalink

that gif

:C (crüt), Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

It's a math equation - say you're 60% sure of the answer and the question is worth $1000.

Getting it right (1000 x .60) vs. getting it wrong (-1000 x .40) ~ an EV of +$200 for guessing

Plus, buzzing in gives you a few additional seconds to get the answer...

hmmmmm...this makes sense to me IF jeopardy was, as you said, played in a vaccuum - with no other players competing. because when you incorrectly answer in jeopardy, you're not just losing $1000 (or whatever), but it's very likely that another player will buzz in and correctly answer and GAIN $1000, meaning that there was a $2000 net loss.

Z S, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:58 (1 year ago) Permalink

i'm glad i saw this thread, because when i was making that gif (many months ago), it got me thinking about making a series of vibrating chest hair gifs. they take a long time to make but they're so satisfying

Z S, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 20:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

chalk that up under the heading "posts I never thought I would read"

Ima R.A.E.D. (DJP), Wednesday, 13 February 2013 21:00 (1 year ago) Permalink

don't even get me started on the other kinds of hairs

Z S, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 21:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

ken jennings' secret is finally revealed. no wonder he couldn't beat a computer.

Z S, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 22:02 (1 year ago) Permalink

how do you calculate on the fly if you're more than 50% sure of an answer? you're treating that like it's a real statistic instead of just meaning "i think i know the answer but i'm not confident about it"

Given what Ken writes in Brainiac I think that people who compete probably have a good sense of it. I agree that in most situations this kind of math is useless because for most questions it's either you're 98%+ sure or can't offer anything but a wild guess (and Jennings does talk a bit about how trivia contestants do this). I definitely think there are questions for which a contestant has an answer in mind but isn't totally sure and I'm arguing they should go for it anyway. There are also questions for which a contestant doesn't know the answer right away but can figure it out with the extra 3-4 seconds that buzzing in gives you. Certain categories that feature wordplay are pretty good for this.

frogbs, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 22:03 (1 year ago) Permalink

a lot of questions also lend themselves to being narrowed down by the two chumps who answer ahead of you. like "this stooge was the stoogiest of the three stooges"

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 22:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

on average, how many answers do the contestants whiff on every show?

frogbs, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 22:07 (1 year ago) Permalink

the amount of whiffing depends on whether or not dayo is the center contestant

Z S, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 22:08 (1 year ago) Permalink

Hubris is a bitch. Barrett was so sure he was right on a lot of those wrong answers...his jaw-drop reactions were satisfying.

xp to no-one in particular

HuffPo Sideboob/Underboob Bureau Chief (WilliamC), Wednesday, 13 February 2013 22:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

speaking of that reminds me of a pretty infuriating episode where a Double Jeopardy category was "Also a chess piece". All the answers were chess pieces which means there were only 6 possible answers. The first four were hit, then the last was a Daily Double. Meaning there's only two possible answers left, and you have the entire clue to go off of. And yet the contestant only wagered like $3000 instead of their whole stack. I mean I know that guessing wrong sucks but you have to think you're 90% or more to get that one right.

frogbs, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 22:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

Hubris is a bitch. Barrett was so sure he was right on a lot of those wrong answers...his jaw-drop reactions were satisfying.

"But Rush Limbaugh told me it was like this!"

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 22:12 (1 year ago) Permalink

乒乓, Wednesday, 13 February 2013 22:18 (1 year ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

Clarifying some points (in response to reports on Sajak's idiocies):

I consider myself a social liberal and a fiscal conservative. I believe that climate change exists, and is contributed to by human activity. I have seen firsthand the effects of climate change, in trips to Antarctica and Mt. Kilimanjaro, both of which are showing huge changes due to global warming. I’m in favor of equal pay for women, and the Lilly Ledbetter act. I believe in equal rights for the LGBT community; in fact, this winter, I braved the Minnesota winter weather to attend a gay wedding (which was officiated over by my wife).

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 29 May 2014 15:32 (4 months ago) Permalink

damn... thats brave

socki (s1ocki), Thursday, 29 May 2014 15:57 (4 months ago) Permalink

All Minnesotans appear to think their winter is the worst thing on earth.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 29 May 2014 15:59 (4 months ago) Permalink

I've been to Cloquet, MN in January, so they're not too far off the mark

Stephen King's Threaderstarter (kingfish), Thursday, 29 May 2014 16:09 (4 months ago) Permalink

All Minnesotans appear to think their winter is the worst thing on earth.

Considering that there are more people who live in Minneapolis-St Paul alone than the entire state of Alaska, what you're really seeing is that there are more people around to complain about the winters.

On-the-spot Dicespin (DJP), Thursday, 29 May 2014 16:20 (4 months ago) Permalink

Twins' starting rotation is out of sight/mind in the winter

images of war violence and historical smoking (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 29 May 2014 17:13 (4 months ago) Permalink


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