What is too much of a coincidence?
Like many TV shows, "Jeopardy!" is still airing new episodes that were shot before much of Hollywood production was shut down due to the coronavirus pandemic, but one of those episodes is proving to be a bit too relevant to our current situation.
Tuesday's episode, taped on February 3 as part of a college student tournament, had an eerily prescient clue for its contestants to solve. Yale student Nathaniel Miller picked $800 in the “Health & Medicine” category and got the clue: “From a Greek word for people, it describes a disease that affects many people at one time.”
“What is a pandemic?” was his answer.
“We’ll accept that,” host Alex Trebek responded.
The WHO declared coronavirus a pandemic on March 11.
“Pandemic” an answer on Jeopardy tonight. Eerie !pic.twitter.com/nd9eUdMMlG— Christopher Powers (@CPowers14)April 7, 2020
The small exchange provoked a big response on social media from users in the midst of a pandemic of unprecedented proportions.
"Did anyone else get a lump in their throat when they realized “pandemic” was an answer on #Jeopardy tonight or just me?" one tweeted.
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
"Coincidence? Synchronicity? Foretelling? Warning? Whatever it may be ... our lives are currently in #Jeopardy" a user wrote.
"So on consecutive nights there have been consecutive correct responses on @Jeopardy of "What is pandemic?" and "What is toilet paper?" and these were taped in advance. Wow. #Jeopardy" wrote another.