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(Yahoo)   For all of you "Wheel of Fortune" fans, here are 13 things you did not know about the show, including how it wasn't always called "Wheel of Fortune". Subby will take a P   (gma.yahoo.com) divider line 72
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2013-04-26 08:47:42 PM
Remember when you had buy stuff? The $500 Dalmatian.


joe garagiola was the first host I remember on the show.
 
2013-04-26 09:17:16 PM
Yeah, it was called Shopper's Bazaar, and the pilot was hosted by Edd "Kooky" Byrnes. Merv Griffin had second thoughts about him when he saw Byrnes struggling to remember the alphabet.

So, he got Chuck Woolery instead.

And Susan Stafford was the original letter turner. The majority of the Woolery episodes are missing because of the horrible practice of wiping videotapes for reuse.

/and that's more information than the pitiful Yahoo article gave.

Oh, and

EnviroDude: Remember when you had buy stuff? The $500 Dalmatian.


joe garagiola was the first host I remember on the show.


Close... Garagiola hosted Sale of the Century, which was a similar show. The only athlete Wheel ever had hosting it was Rolf Benirschke, who hosted the daytime version for about 6 months in 1989.
 
2013-04-26 10:13:24 PM

EnviroDude: Remember when you had buy stuff? The $500 Dalmatian.


joe garagiola was the first host I remember on the show.


I remember that you could put your winnings "on account", meaning that they carried over to the next round and you could try to win more.  Of course, if you lost the game, those winnings went down the shiatter, so no one ever did it.
 
2013-04-27 12:22:00 AM
I consider Wheel of Fortune to be a pestis that only serves to sully and shame the timeslot it shares with the one true American game show, Jeopardy.

A pox on its house!
May the Wheel warp and cease to spin, may Pat Sajak lose his ability to smile and may Vanna White wake up tomorrow looking every bit her age.
 
2013-04-27 12:34:27 AM
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2013-04-27 01:12:38 AM
More of a Wheel of Fish man, myself
 
2013-04-27 01:31:48 AM
i.ytimg.com
/oblig?
 
2013-04-27 01:41:37 AM
Went to high school with the million dollar winner. She just had twins (has a 2 year old boy already). Didn't do stupid things with the money and is doing very well with her husband.

//cs,b
 
2013-04-27 01:42:41 AM
25.media.tumblr.com

Already knew all that.
 
2013-04-27 01:45:27 AM
I just read an article about Wheel of Fortune trivia. Dear god, I am a sad excuse for the pinnacle of evolution.
 
2013-04-27 01:54:01 AM
I would still show Vanna my P
 
2013-04-27 01:54:34 AM
Wheel of Morality turn turn turn, teach us the lesson that we should learn.

/Obscure?
// "Always take rides from strangers, they have the best candy"
 
2013-04-27 02:03:34 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Yeah, it was called Shopper's Bazaar, and the pilot was hosted by Edd "Kooky" Byrnes. Merv Griffin had second thoughts about him when he saw Byrnes struggling to remember the alphabet.

So, he got Chuck Woolery instead.

And Susan Stafford was the original letter turner. The majority of the Woolery episodes are missing because of the horrible practice of wiping videotapes for reuse.

/and that's more information than the pitiful Yahoo article gave.

Oh, and

EnviroDude: Remember when you had buy stuff? The $500 Dalmatian.


joe garagiola was the first host I remember on the show.

Close... Garagiola hosted Sale of the Century, which was a similar show. The only athlete Wheel ever had hosting it was Rolf Benirschke, who hosted the daytime version for about 6 months in 1989.


Are you a wizard?
 
2013-04-27 02:15:56 AM
I've often wondered if Pat has something he can step on to slow the wheel so it can land on the $5,000 space or bankrupt.
 
2013-04-27 02:16:25 AM
I remembered as a kid watching the show and seeing the contestants shopping at the end of each round.  Yeah, the prizes were insanely over priced and once you got below a certain amount you could just put everything onto a Service Merchandise gift certificate.  I still wished they did that.  Though if they did, it might be a Best Buy gift card or a Walmart gift card.

I also remember when they made a huge deal of Vanna's entrance, she had her own theme song and if her dress was backless she would spin around to show us all.  Just remember, she's as old now as William Hartnell was when he took on the role as the First Doctor on Doctor Who, or close to it.

/Yes, I wonder when they'll replace her on the show with a younger, hotter chick.
 
2013-04-27 02:30:33 AM

MurphyMurphy: I consider Wheel of Fortune to be a pestis that only serves to sully and shame the timeslot it shares with the one true American game show, Jeopardy.

A pox on its house!
May the Wheel warp and cease to spin, may Pat Sajak lose his ability to smile and may Vanna White wake up tomorrow looking every bit her age.


I'm sorry but you forgot to put your biatching in the form of a question.

/What is I agree with you
 
2013-04-27 02:35:12 AM
For all you Jepoardy! fans (and see, I give the correct full title), the answer:

A: This British trivia program, featuring British Quiz Expert Mark "The Beast" Labbett has been purchases for a limited run on GSN.

Q: What is The Chase? (An example episode featuring said Beast. ))
 
2013-04-27 02:45:10 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Yeah, it was called Shopper's Bazaar, and the pilot was hosted by Edd "Kooky" Byrnes. Merv Griffin had second thoughts about him when he saw Byrnes struggling to remember the alphabet.

So, he got Chuck Woolery instead.

And Susan Stafford was the original letter turner. The majority of the Woolery episodes are missing because of the horrible practice of wiping videotapes for reuse.

/and that's more information than the pitiful Yahoo article gave.

Oh, and

EnviroDude: Remember when you had buy stuff? The $500 Dalmatian.


joe garagiola was the first host I remember on the show.

Close... Garagiola hosted Sale of the Century, which was a similar show. The only athlete Wheel ever had hosting it was Rolf Benirschke, who hosted the daytime version for about 6 months in 1989.


I just golfed with Rolf Benirschke a couple of months ago. He actually texted me a few days later to thank me for a fun day. I have been a fan of his since I was 9-10 and spent most of the time trying to not be a fan. He sent me an autographed copy of his book a few days after that.

/ CSB
 
2013-04-27 02:51:00 AM

Great Janitor: I remembered as a kid watching the show and seeing the contestants shopping at the end of each round.  Yeah, the prizes were insanely over priced and once you got below a certain amount you could just put everything onto a Service Merchandise gift certificate.  I still wished they did that.  Though if they did, it might be a Best Buy gift card or a Walmart gift card.

I also remember when they made a huge deal of Vanna's entrance, she had her own theme song and if her dress was backless she would spin around to show us all.  Just remember, she's as old now as William Hartnell was when he took on the role as the First Doctor on Doctor Who, or close to it.

/Yes, I wonder when they'll replace her on the show with a younger, hotter chick.


She could create her own line of adult diapers called Vanna (doesn't have to) Wipe (anymore).
 
2013-04-27 02:52:37 AM

Great Janitor: Just remember, she's as old now as William Hartnell was when he took on the role as the First Doctor on Doctor Who


Holy farking shiat.  Jesus christ wtf.  No farking way.  I don't believe you.

/not
 
2013-04-27 03:02:34 AM

The All-Powerful Atheismo: Great Janitor: Just remember, she's as old now as William Hartnell was when he took on the role as the First Doctor on Doctor Who

Holy farking shiat.  Jesus christ wtf.  No farking way.  I don't believe you.

/not


William Hartnell was 55 years old when he took up the role of the First Doctor.  Vanna White was born in 1957, meaning if she hasn't had a birthday in 2013, she's 55.
 
2013-04-27 03:05:21 AM

TheZorker: Jepoardy! fans (and see, I give the correct full title)


Sersleh?
 
2013-04-27 03:18:25 AM
Ah, yes, "Wheel of Fortune": It's "Jeopardy!" for the G.E.D. set.

And Pat Sajak reminds me of Dan Quayle.
 
2013-04-27 03:19:48 AM

akuma976: I would still show Vanna my P


She has no use for lower case letters.
 
2013-04-27 03:22:19 AM

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: I just read an article about Wheel of Fortune trivia. Dear god, I am a sad excuse for the pinnacle of evolution.


My African Grey Parrot would disagree with you. He has a house, a trust fund, and a slave. My mother left him the house and the trust fund. I play the role of his slave. "Oh, slave boy, peel me another grape."
 
2013-04-27 03:43:07 AM
Subby will take a P.  Nis.
 
2013-04-27 03:48:23 AM

ThatGuyFromTheInternet: I just read an article about Wheel of Fortune trivia. Dear god, I am a sad excuse for the pinnacle of evolution.


I just read the same article. I then copied this statement:  "4. Pat matches his tie to Vanna's dresses." I saw the picture, and I thought, "That does not match at all.  At. All."

I have produced children.  I apologize.
 
2013-04-27 03:52:46 AM
I watch Jeopardy regularly, and am quite good at it, but I'd still rather be on Wheel Of Fortune.

On Jeopardy, if you don't win, you lose big time, because only the winner gets the dollar amounts you see.
Second place, wins $2000, and third wins $1000.

I live in New York, and it would cost quite a bit to take a cab to the airport to fly to L.A., get a cab LAX to some motel in Culver city, take a cab to the show and back again to the motel, and back to the airport to fly back to NYC, and another cab home.
All in all, it's close to $400 on ground transportation alone, not counting the price of airfare or lodging, and you don't get to pick your travel dates, so you are going to be paying close to top dollar.

That combined with the intense amount of preparation involved, auditions, etc, make you a winner by knowing enough not to even appear on the show.

That being said, the people that win a car on the bonus round of Wheel, actually win the booby prize, because the car is consistently worth less money than the $30,000 minimum that they would otherwise win.
 
2013-04-27 04:27:13 AM

titwrench: FirstNationalBastard: Yeah, it was called Shopper's Bazaar, and the pilot was hosted by Edd "Kooky" Byrnes. Merv Griffin had second thoughts about him when he saw Byrnes struggling to remember the alphabet.

So, he got Chuck Woolery instead.

And Susan Stafford was the original letter turner. The majority of the Woolery episodes are missing because of the horrible practice of wiping videotapes for reuse.

/and that's more information than the pitiful Yahoo article gave.

Oh, and

EnviroDude: Remember when you had buy stuff? The $500 Dalmatian.


joe garagiola was the first host I remember on the show.

Close... Garagiola hosted Sale of the Century, which was a similar show. The only athlete Wheel ever had hosting it was Rolf Benirschke, who hosted the daytime version for about 6 months in 1989.

I just golfed with Rolf Benirschke a couple of months ago. He actually texted me a few days later to thank me for a fun day. I have been a fan of his since I was 9-10 and spent most of the time trying to not be a fan. He sent me an autographed copy of his book a few days after that.

/ CSB


I remember when he was the Chatgers' kicker.
 
2013-04-27 04:45:02 AM
i18.photobucket.com

I prefer the original.
 
2013-04-27 05:42:51 AM
I'd rather be on

i.imgur.com
 
2013-04-27 05:44:43 AM

Radak: I'd rather be on

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'STUPID!  YOU SO STUPID!'
 
2013-04-27 06:59:46 AM
In October 2008, she won $1 million in the bonus round, upping her payout to over $1 million.

Tautology is tautological.
 
2013-04-27 06:59:53 AM
Before and After is still the worst puzzle theme ever
 
2013-04-27 07:32:20 AM
I cant watch this show. It seems like they pick their contestants from a psych ward.and why do they buy vowels and lose money when they already know the answer?
 
2013-04-27 08:00:31 AM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3TRBwKFfJv4

now this is a game show
have a sit over there
 
2013-04-27 08:01:52 AM
  Here's some spotty Vanna White trivia...Vanna was brought to L.A. by her Uncle,Christoper George..of "Rat Patrol" and countless B-movies fame....She got a job at a club called Destiny...The club's draw was female mud wrestling..Paul Snider,who later would murder Dorothy Stratten(playmate of the year) and then commit suicide,was involved with this place...Im not sure if Vanna was a cocktail waitress or wrestler...or both..There is a poster,out there somewhere,promoting the club...It has the girls posing for a shot next to the mud ring...Vanna is in that picture.
  Incidentally..after the wrestling thing played out..The club owners changed the name of the club to Chippendales and started that male dancing thing in that club....And that is a whole 'nother story..One of the owners had a partner murdered along with a couple of people I believe..It is a sordid story.
 
2013-04-27 08:04:54 AM

oukewldave: I cant watch this show. It seems like they pick their contestants from a psych ward.and why do they buy vowels and lose money when they already know the answer?


they are apparently not allowed to pick contestants which are smarter than the host
 
2013-04-27 08:36:01 AM
Went to a taping once because the girlfriend wanted to go, I quickly realized I had no desire to applaud on demand. I did feel a bit odd being the only one not going wild over Pat Sajak's entrance, but I just couldn't bring myself to feign excitement. And it's true, I'm not much fun at parties either.
 
2013-04-27 08:46:23 AM
Sajak has a sweet gig...His salary a couple of years ago was around 8 million...He works approximately 35 days a year,taping 5 or 6 shows per day...Not bad for a former weatherman..(not the radical group..just..uh..a weatherman.)
 
2013-04-27 08:56:22 AM
Call me lame, I don't care, my wife and I are around 30 yrs old and watch Wheel and then Jeopardy almost every night after work. It's good fun, and Jeopardy is awesome. Sajak seems to be amused at the inanity of doing the same thing for a billion years, and when you see him and Vanna open up together it's pretty funny.

ftfa: "10. The price of a vowel hasn't been adjusted for inflation over the course of 30 years. "
Yeah they haven't changed the prizes either I don't think. Someone wins with like $13,000 dollars, and you can't help but think... well, that's cool I guess.
Same with Jeopardy. The first round should be the double jeopary amounts, and double jeopardy should be doubled.
 
2013-04-27 09:06:15 AM

Great Janitor: The All-Powerful Atheismo: Great Janitor: Just remember, she's as old now as William Hartnell was when he took on the role as the First Doctor on Doctor Who

Holy farking shiat.  Jesus christ wtf.  No farking way.  I don't believe you.

/not

William Hartnell was 55 years old when he took up the role of the First Doctor.  Vanna White was born in 1957, meaning if she hasn't had a birthday in 2013, she's 55.


Which means only one thing on Fark:

At 55, she's still "Fist of an Angry God" hittable.

/or, in her case, I'd hit it with the Cyrillic alphabet
 
2013-04-27 09:28:14 AM

AcesFull:   Here's some spotty Vanna White trivia...Vanna was brought to L.A. by her Uncle,Christoper George..of "Rat Patrol" and countless B-movies fame....She got a job at a club called Destiny...The club's draw was female mud wrestling..Paul Snider,who later would murder Dorothy Stratten(playmate of the year) and then commit suicide,was involved with this place...Im not sure if Vanna was a cocktail waitress or wrestler...or both..There is a poster,out there somewhere,promoting the club...It has the girls posing for a shot next to the mud ring...Vanna is in that picture.
  Incidentally..after the wrestling thing played out..The club owners changed the name of the club to Chippendales and started that male dancing thing in that club....And that is a whole 'nother story..One of the owners had a partner murdered along with a couple of people I believe..It is a sordid story.


That's more interesting than all of TFA combined.
 
2013-04-27 09:47:34 AM

Huck And Molly Ziegler: Ah, yes, "Wheel of Fortune": It's "Jeopardy!" for the G.E.D. set.


You gotta admit, Merv had his bases covered.
 
2013-04-27 10:11:05 AM
Wasn't 'Good Morning, Vietnam!' loosely based on Sajak's time there?

I remember seeing Vanna on 'The Price is Right' and Bob made it a point to, um, showcase her assets.
 
2013-04-27 10:20:35 AM

MurphyMurphy: I consider Wheel of Fortune to be a pestis that only serves to sully and shame the timeslot it shares with the one true American game show, Jeopardy.

A pox on its house!
May the Wheel warp and cease to spin, may Pat Sajak lose his ability to smile and may Vanna White wake up tomorrow looking every bit her age.


Wheel of Fortune is great. After 30 minutes of feeling like a moron, Wheel makes you feel like a genius.
 
2013-04-27 10:27:39 AM

FirstNationalBastard: Yeah, it was called Shopper's Bazaar, and the pilot was hosted by Edd "Kooky" Byrnes. Merv Griffin had second thoughts about him when he saw Byrnes struggling to remember the alphabet.

So, he got Chuck Woolery instead.

And Susan Stafford was the original letter turner. The majority of the Woolery episodes are missing because of the horrible practice of wiping videotapes for reuse.


And nothing of value was lost.  Chuck Woolery was terrible as host.  Totally awkward and over the top loud and clumsy with the contestants and a distraction from the game.  It improved dramatically when they got Sajak, who understood that a game show host should mostly just keep the game moving along.
 
2013-04-27 10:29:41 AM

Zap_Rowsdower: In October 2008, she won $1 million in the bonus round, upping her payout to over $1 million.

Tautology is tautological.


I was thinking "is that how math works?"
 
2013-04-27 10:30:45 AM
  My favorite Wheel guess...The first word was filled in..Styrofoam.. The next word had no letters that had been called...So Its..STYROFOAM  __ __ __
 The guy buzzes in and says..styrofoam hat!!....It was cup.
 
2013-04-27 10:41:52 AM
There is only one reason to watch that show.
www.aceshowbiz.com
 
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