'Jeopardy!' pandemic answer freaks out viewers
What is uncanny?
On a new “Jeopardy!” episode that aired Tuesday but was taped months ago, a clue seemed to foretell the coronavirus crisis.
Nathaniel Miller of Yale picked an $800 “Health & Medicine” clue that read: “From a Greek word for people, it describes a disease that affects many people at one time.”
“What is a pandemic?” Miller responded.
“We’ll accept that,” host Alex Trebek said.
“Pandemic” an answer on Jeopardy tonight. Eerie ! pic.twitter.com/nd9eUdMMlG
— Christopher Powers (@CPowers14) April 7, 2020
Miller, a sophomore, won the College Championship round with $24,001 to advance to the semifinals.
The entire championship was filmed Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, the Yale Daily News noted. The World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11.
Needless to say, the internet was creeped out by the timing. (See the Twitter responses below the full episode. The pandemic exchange begins at 14:00.)
Did anyone else get a lump in their throat when they realized “pandemic” was an answer on #Jeopardy tonight or just me?
— Justin Rocke (@JustinRocke) April 7, 2020
#Jeopardy knows too much. They were ready for this pandemic two months before the US even was.
— Kristina (@KpChillinOut) April 8, 2020
Really Jeopardy? Pandemic? 😒#Jeopardypic.twitter.com/PXpQCUzQR5
— Derek (@JukeboxHero717) April 7, 2020
That pandemic question did not age well. #Jeopardypic.twitter.com/QY5vKxZd0B
— Tum (@tummymcgass) April 7, 2020
"We would also accept - 'What is our current sh*t situation."#pandemicpic.twitter.com/0432A30c7x
— AC Junior 😷 (@CamJunior1972) April 7, 2020
That time “pandemic” was an answer on #Jeopardy. Today. 🙃
— Ilana Keller (@IlanaKeller) April 7, 2020
My mom and I when “pandemic” was an answer on jeopardy tonight #Jeopardypic.twitter.com/iP7qPdnmq3
— Kassidy A 🌱 (@kolekooper) April 8, 2020