Saturday, November 13, 2010

"Jeopardy!" TV show knows what Israel's capital is

On the popular TV quiz show "Jeopardy!" on Novermber 12, during their College Championship Week, the first round $200 "answer" on the topic of "World Capitals" was:

"This capital of Israel is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world"

The "question," of course, is "What is Jerusalem?," answered correctly by Sam Spaulding, a sophomore from Yale University.

Apparently, people complained to the TV show for the question, but Sony (which owns Jeopardy) deleted the thread about the topic on its message boards and there is nothing in Google's cache. All I can see is what someone responded on the topic as a fragment in the Google search results, which says "Jerusalem has been defined as Israel's capital, and that's that. Jeopardy! is there to report facts, not to make judgment calls."

(h/t Bill)

UPDATE: RP found the Google-cached discussion.