A man has experienced one of the most awkward and uncomfortable moments on the hit gameshow Jeopardy over the New Years when he lost a whopping $3,200 dollars because he said ‘gangster’ not ‘gangsta’. In the gameshow contestants must provide responses to obscure prompts from various categories. In this case the man picked “music and literature” and was given the following prompt,
“A song by Coolio from ‘Dangerous Minds’ goes back in time to become a 1667 John Milton classic.”
You might recognise the song as “Gansta’s Paradise” and so did the man who shouted the response “Ganster’s Paradise Lost” (which, uh, isn’t exactly right). Initially he was awarded the prize money of $1,600 but soon the host was told that the judges had decided to penalise him for his answer. You see, he didn’t say ‘gangsta’ he said ‘gangster’. Not only did he lose his prize, but they also took $1,600 from his pot so his total loss was $3,200.
We don’t know about you, but we would have kicked off over this. No way is that fair! First off, how do you even pick up on the difference between the two words. It’s so easy to mishear! Second, what a stupid thing to be penalised for. We’d argue all kinds of crazy stuff to get out of this one. The poor man involved must be absolutely furious.
Oh well, that’s a lesson for you, isn’t it? Never, ever, trust a gameshow.