Jeopardy Posted a Fake Tetris Question on Last Night’s Episode
Jeopardy goofed up on its most recent showing, asking a fake question to its contestants about the game Tetris.
I don’t know if I’ve ever seen Jeopardy host Alex Trebek ask a question on the famous trivia show that isn’t based in reality, but that’s apparently exactly what happened on last night’s episode.
On the most recent showing of Jeopardy, one of the game’s questions involved the classic video game Tetris. The question (or answer, to be specific) stated that a certain video game contained rotating blocks whose names included Orange Ricky, Hero, and Smashboy. The answer to the question was supposed to be Tetris, but as it turns out, this factoid isn’t true of the game at all.
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) October 7, 2019
Turns out, this question stems from a fake version of the Tetris instruction booklet that went viral a few months ago. The person who created said booklet did so as a gag, but it seems somehow that the misinformation got all the way to those on Jeopardy and was never fact-checked.
Here’s a comparison of the fake booklet to a real one:
Wish it was true but sadly… pic.twitter.com/xk5vo44dWO
— Jeff Ball (@jeffthatnoise) February 24, 2019
Even the official Tetris Twitter account ended up replying to the official Jeopardy account on the social media platform after Jeopardy re-shared the question. Tetris fired back with a set of thinking emojis, which is honestly the best response for a mistake like this.
— Tetris (@Tetris_Official) October 7, 2019
As someone who watches Jeopardy pretty often (I’m an 80-year old man at heart) this is actually pretty hilarious to see happen. I’m not sure if there’s anything that Jeopardy can do to rectify the mishap, assuming that this single question didn’t somehow decide the outcome of the entire game. Still, it’s a pretty wild thing to see occur. Makes you wonder how many other times this may or may not have transpired over the years.