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(Deadspin)   Judges rule that a finalist on kids' Jeopardy show dotted his "i's" and crossed his "t's"   (deadspin.com) divider line 162
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2013-08-02 07:33:09 AM
Damn. That's bullshiat. Early life lesson I guess.

/moops!
 
2013-08-02 07:49:40 AM
They let some guy use 'war between the states' instead of 'civil war' but fark over a kid on penmanship. Fark you trebek.
 
2013-08-02 08:03:07 AM

kbronsito: They let some guy use 'war between the states' instead of 'civil war' but fark over a kid on penmanship. Fark you trebek.


We also would have accepted "the war of Northern aggression."
 
2013-08-02 08:20:12 AM

kbronsito: They let some guy use 'war between the states' instead of 'civil war' but fark over a kid on penmanship. Fark you trebek.



 i.imgbox.com
 
2013-08-02 08:25:10 AM
That seems a bit harsh. He's just a kid. Next time just punch him in the stomach.
 
2013-08-02 08:28:05 AM
And then Thomas had to stand there, fighting back tears

You didn't have to queer the kid out, on top of everything else.
 
2013-08-02 08:34:40 AM
That's TERRIBLE. Just because of a spelling error?!?!  Instead of coming in second place, he came in second place!

In other news, I didn't get picked as a Nielsen Family, so the talking head on CNBC didn't beat Game of Thrones finale.
 
2013-08-02 08:40:47 AM
That fat kid who did win, I wish he was carrying textbooks so I could dump them.
 
2013-08-02 08:44:41 AM
The winner has a brilliant future ahead of him has an evangelical minister.
 
2013-08-02 09:05:01 AM
I feel for you, fellow bad speller kid.
 
2013-08-02 09:05:13 AM
So, he was going to lose either way?

Did I miss something?
 
2013-08-02 09:07:37 AM

The Muthaship: So, he was going to lose either way?

Did I miss something?


Exactly.  The other rugrat basically ran the table.

The ruling changed nothing other than embarrassing the kid on TV.

/still a jerk move
 
2013-08-02 09:08:36 AM

tacos4jesus: still a jerk move


Agreed
 
2013-08-02 09:11:03 AM

Mugato: That fat kid who did win, I wish he was carrying textbooks so I could dump them.


I'm happy I am not the only one who had that very same thought

"Dropped your books fark face!"
 
2013-08-02 09:12:37 AM
Poise counts!(just like spelling)
 
2013-08-02 09:14:41 AM
Most importantly, can we STOP the Kids Tournament?  The teen one is bad enough.
 
2013-08-02 09:14:54 AM
Jeopardy is supposed to be a show to celebrate intelligence. It's not too much to ask that the contestants know how to farking spell. Even the dolts that are on Wheel of Fortune can do that much.
 
2013-08-02 09:17:35 AM
CSB Time,

I was competing in a school-wide Jepoardy contest when I was that kids age. It kinda went like brackets. First you beat out all in your class, then all other classes in your "group" vs the other two groups, then the top student for each of the three groups got into the final game (which the school sold tickets for as a fundraiser).

Somehow they felt they needed to get the D-level students involved somehow, so they decided these wonderful beings would be great as score keepers.

I was in the last game of my group, the winner would go on to the finals. The dunce they assigned to be my scorekeeper didn't bother to learn how the game forcing works, and decided that when i picked a question, and nobody buzzed in with an answer, he should still take the point value of my score. I watched the farker do this three times, and he cost me the game.

And yet, i didnt handle it as well as this kid who was on national TV with 66k on the line.

Likely why im not asked to participate in 'friendly' board games anymore. I like playing hockey better now, anyway. I get to hit the people who piss me off.
 
2013-08-02 09:18:51 AM

Farce-Side: kbronsito: They let some guy use 'war between the states' instead of 'civil war' but fark over a kid on penmanship. Fark you trebek.

We also would have accepted "the war of Northern aggression."


Or "the war that wasn't about slavery".
 
2013-08-02 09:19:06 AM
Who names a boy "Skyler"?
 
2013-08-02 09:19:07 AM

stoli n coke: Jeopardy is supposed to be a show to celebrate intelligence. It's not too much to ask that the contestants know how to farking spell. Even the dolts that are on Wheel of Fortune can do that much.


Or read
People that annoy you
N_GGERS
 
2013-08-02 09:20:37 AM

Gunny Highway: Most importantly, can we STOP the Kids Tournament?  The teen one is bad enough.


I got Final Jeopardy wrong two nights ago.  Some stupid kid got it right.  I bet I could totally beat him up.

So anyway, I saw this one the other night.  I didn't know Jeopardy was so hung-up on spelling.  We know what the kid meant, and besides, how many adults do you know that can spell Emancipation Proclamation?  By my anecdotal evidence, 50% of the adults on the internet can't spell "loser".
 
2013-08-02 09:20:57 AM
I'd be more embarrassed to be the black girl who got that question wrong.
 
2013-08-02 09:21:29 AM

LemSkroob: Somehow they felt they needed to get the D-level students involved somehow, so they decided these wonderful beings would be great as score keepers.

I was in the last game of my group, the winner would go on to the finals. The dunce they assigned to be my scorekeeper didn't bother to learn how the game forcing works, and decided that when i picked a question, and nobody buzzed in with an answer, he should still take the point value of my score. I watched the farker do this three times, and he cost me the game.


You were a score keeper, weren't you?  It's ok.  Let the pain go.
 
2013-08-02 09:22:11 AM

stoli n coke: Jeopardy is supposed to be a show to celebrate intelligence. It's not too much to ask that the contestants know how to farking spell. Even the dolts that are on Wheel of Fortune can do that much.


I was wondering how long it was going to take for this guy to show up.

carej: Who names a boy "Skyler"?


images3.wikia.nocookie.net
 
2013-08-02 09:25:48 AM
So if it was one of the normal questions where they say the answer out loud and the kid said "Emanciptation Proclamation", should it be counted?

A little research online says they expect proper nouns to be exact, while other words can be misspelled. They once said a final Jeopardy answer was wrong because the guy wrote John RockeRfeller.
 
2013-08-02 09:26:04 AM

carej: Who names a boy "Skyler"?


Whenever I hear the name Skyler, I think of the Buick Skylark, and not one of the sweet 60s Skylarks.  I think of the 80s POS Skylarks.


static.cargurus.com
Buick Skyler
 
2013-08-02 09:28:45 AM

The Muthaship: So, he was going to lose either way?

Did I miss something?


Yeah, he also lost $6,000 (his $3k wager plus what he didn't win due to his misspelling).
 
2013-08-02 09:29:30 AM

Rapmaster2000: Gunny Highway: Most importantly, can we STOP the Kids Tournament?  The teen one is bad enough.

I got Final Jeopardy wrong two nights ago.  Some stupid kid got it right.  I bet I could totally beat him up.

So anyway, I saw this one the other night.  I didn't know Jeopardy was so hung-up on spelling.  We know what the kid meant, and besides, how many adults do you know that can spell Emancipation Proclamation?  By my anecdotal evidence, 50% of the adults on the internet can't spell "loser".


Now I'm not saying everyone that ends up there is a brainiac, but you're playing for thousands of dollars on who's the smartest person there. I would think that spelling should count a little.

I'm pretty sure the 50% of the adults that can't spell 'loser' would get filtered out before they reached the televised show.
 
2013-08-02 09:29:43 AM
If Carl Kassell had been the judge he would have allowed it.
 
2013-08-02 09:31:00 AM
The rule for spelling in Final Jeopardy! is that a misspelling is permissible if it does not change the way the word is pronounced. So here, "Emansapation" or "Amancipation" would have been accepted.

Also, if the judges had accepted the answer, he would have finished in second place and taken home $2,000. They didn't, and he where did he finish? In second place, taking home $2,000.
 
2013-08-02 09:31:34 AM
scottydoesntknow:
I'm pretty sure the 50% of the adults that can't spell 'loser' would get filtered out before they reached the televised show.

Oh yeah, well I'm pretty sure it's spelled "looser".  Also, spelled is spelled "spelt".  Suck it, Star Trek.
 
2013-08-02 09:31:52 AM

Pelvic Splanchnic Ganglion: The Muthaship: So, he was going to lose either way?

Did I miss something?

Yeah, he also lost $6,000 (his $3k wager plus what he didn't win due to his misspelling).


No he didn't. He would've lost that anyway because he wasn't in first place. Only first gets to keep their total winnings, 2nd place gets $2000, and 3rd place gets $1000.
 
2013-08-02 09:32:17 AM
Hey Trebek

i.imgur.com
 
2013-08-02 09:33:18 AM
I don't think penalizing spelling a spelling error is any more nitpicky than penalizing failure to state the answer in the form of a question.
 
2013-08-02 09:35:46 AM
Lern too spail, Dumess!
 
2013-08-02 09:36:52 AM

s2s2s2: Lern too spail, Dumess Moran!


Fixed
 
2013-08-02 09:37:41 AM
"?"?
 
2013-08-02 09:37:58 AM

carej: Who names a boy "Skyler"?


It's a cool name. It's like a cross between skateboard and Tyler.
 
2013-08-02 09:43:53 AM
I was more concerned with the first girl's answer. I get that they're kids, but don't you figure out who wrote the bill of rights and then, later, a Lincoln appears, fairly early in school?
 
2013-08-02 09:44:46 AM

kobrakai: carej: Who names a boy "Skyler"?

It's a cool name. It's like a cross between skateboard and Tyler.


or a cross between skill and liar.  I bet he will do well in corporate america.
 
2013-08-02 09:45:30 AM

carej: Who names a boy "Skyler"?


white-trash too proud to name their kid Tyler, so they go for the fancy alternative.
 
2013-08-02 09:47:26 AM
An Asian kid would not have made that mistake
 
2013-08-02 09:48:02 AM

Umeraken Ideut: I was more concerned with the first girl's answer. I get that they're kids, but don't you figure out who wrote the bill of rights and then, later, a Lincoln appears, fairly early in school?


A wild Lincoln appears!

lolebrity.net
 
2013-08-02 09:50:52 AM
I'm not seeing the outrage here. He lost regardless and walked away with what he'd have gotten either way.
 
2013-08-02 09:51:57 AM
1-ps.googleusercontent.com
 
2013-08-02 09:52:14 AM

swahnhennessy: I'm not seeing the outrage here. He lost regardless and walked away with what he'd have gotten either way.


People are bent out of shape that the kid's feelings got hurt. Welcome to Generation Snowflake.
 
2013-08-02 09:52:32 AM

jimpoz: The rule for spelling in Final Jeopardy! is that a misspelling is permissible if it does not change the way the word is pronounced. So here, "Emansapation" or "Amancipation" would have been accepted.

Also, if the judges had accepted the answer, he would have finished in second place and taken home $2,000. They didn't, and he where did he finish? In second place, taking home $2,000.


^^^This^^^

There NO change in this kid's outcome.

/Other than the therapy he'll now need.
//I guess he'll need to go see a TheRapist.
 
2013-08-02 09:53:20 AM

serial_crusher: spelling a spelling


Spelling a spelling, we all go a spelling.
 
2013-08-02 09:54:07 AM

stoli n coke: swahnhennessy: I'm not seeing the outrage here. He lost regardless and walked away with what he'd have gotten either way.

People are bent out of shape that the kid's feelings got hurt. Welcome to Generation Snowflake.


Yeah, he's not quite sophisticated enough to see that he comes out looking good here, and the judges look like mewling, pedantic twats.  He'll learn.
 
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