I Wanna Be On Jeopardy!

This is Jeopardy!
This is Jeopardy!

I'll Take "Exercise in Futility" for $200, Alex.

For years everyone has told me I should do it. They say, "You should go on the show!" Would I like to? Well, yeah...of course. Who wouldn't want a chance to earn a lot of money for just a little work, and the chance to use all that "useless knowledge"? Am I good enough? That's debatable.

I grew up watching Jeopardy with my mom. She loves the show. She always has. I have grown to love it as well. My mom and I would park our butts on the couch just about every day to watch that timeless 'answer and question' show. When I was younger, it was an amazing thing if I even got a couple of the questions right. I would try to beat my mom to the question. She seemed to know everything. Looking back, I think she secretly let me chime in with my answer before her, just to make me feel good. In a way, it worked. It encouraged me, and made me feel smart.

I tried harder and harder. Eventually, as the years went by, I got more and more of the answers right. I still tried to beat my mom, but like I said, it seemed like she knew everything there was to know about everything. We even had a Jeopardy home game and a version of Jeopardy for the old Nintendo system. I would play against my mom and step-dad all the time. I never won. It was just fun to play, and I learned a lot.

Early Alex

And here is your host, Alex Trebek!
And here is your host, Alex Trebek!

"I Lost on Jeopardy!"

What is a Foolish Dream?

As the years have gone by, the Nintendo version of Jeopardy was replaced by a PlayStation version, and later on, a PS2 version. As for what happened to the Jeopardy home game with it's fun little clickers...I have no idea. I haven't seen that in years. Maybe my parents still have it. I would like to have one of those clickers, though...

As the versions of the game changed, and I got older, I got better. I have learned a lot. Every time I am home, I still watch Jeopardy with my mom whenever I can. The only difference now is that sometimes I get more answers right than she does. It is still a competition, but instead of me competing to beat her, we are competing against each other to see who can get the question first. To this day, she is still the only person who has ever beat me at Jeopardy.

I laugh whenever anyone tells me I should go on the show. I remember one time, sitting in a nail salon, getting a pedicure with my best friend, and Jeopardy happened to be on. I was coming up with the questions left and right. My friend was amazed. Even the little Asian women in the salon said I should go on the show. I am a fountain of useless knowledge, and my husband finds it all a little humorous. He knows that I am smart, but he jokingly tells me over and over, that the only way half of what I know will ever come in handy, is if I end up on Jeopardy. He may be right. So why don't I do it?

Easier said than done. The contestant exam to get on the show is not easy at all. On the show, you only have to answer clues that cover a small number of categories. The contestant exam is very hard, because there are a lot of clues that cover a wide variety of categories. You have to get a lot of them right to qualify. My mom, who I already said, knows a lot about a lot of things (I realize now, that I am older, that she does not know everything, but almost...) has taken the contestant exam. She did well, but she didn't even pass. If she can't do it, what hope do I have??

The Jeopardy game I have has a sample contestant exam. I don't think I have even passed that. Still, I push on...I have to...I want to.

Cliff Clavin on Jeopardy!

Sean Connery...SNL parody of Celebrity Jeopardy!

Play Jeopardy At Home!!

Remember to Phrase Your Response in the Form of a Question

So...the real question is...Do I do it? Do I keep trying? Just because I know the capital of North Dakota, and that "The Body" by Stephen King was made into the movie, "Stand By Me", does not mean that I am going to pass. Do I have a lot of useless knowledge filed away in this tiny, little head of mine? You bet. And more and more gets crammed in there every day.

The online contestant exam for adults is usually around January or February, for anyone who is interested. I guess I have time to cram some more useless knowledge into my head before then. I think I will do it. And who knows, I may just make it. I guess then I can finally say I have beaten my mom. That would be huge for me. She is incredibly smart, and I have no doubts about where I get my intelligence from. Wish me luck, and if you see me on Jeopardy, well, I will leave a little note for all of you during Final Jeopardy! And you can be sure I will not pull a Cliff Clavin! (Weird reference, I know...showing my age!)

Update

Well, I wanted to post an update to this hub, but I don't really know what to write. I took the contestant exam recently. It was really hard!! The questions come at you lightning fast. You only get 15 seconds to read and answer the questions. It's fifty question,and it was all over in about ten minutes.

As for how I did...I have no idea! They don't tell you!! I can understand not telling you which ones you got wrong, because you could use that information to take the test again, and cheat. It would be nice to know how I did, though. Even just an email saying, "Sorry, you did not pass. You only got ten answers out of fifty right. Better luck next time." I have no way of knowing if I even passed the test or not. The only information I received is, if I did pass, I would be contacted by a Jeopardy representative. It didn't say when. I guess I just have to hope that I passed, sit and wait, and hope I get contacted. My guess is that I did not pass. It was a lot harder than I had expected it to be.

Second Update: I have taken the exam several times now. I think the past three or four years. It seems to get easier. I know from watching the show, that some of the contestants took the exam several times before they passed it, so I still have hope. It seems to get easier, but having said that, I still don't think I have managed to pass it yet. Oh, well. I am already studying for next year. I am reading everything I can, watching the History Channel, and brushing up on my pop culture. Wish me luck!

Watson on Jeopardy!

© 2009 Anna Marie Bowman

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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida Author

Cindy-- Thank you! I watch every day!! I record it so I can watch it when I get home from work. LOL! My boyfriend hates it, because I have to answer out loud when I watch it! I watched it with my grandma once, and she was amazed at all the answers I knew.

As far as trying out, I am guessing I didn't pass the contestant exam, because I haven't received a call or anything like that. I will try again next year!


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Cindy Letchworth 7 years ago from Midwest, U.S.A.

Wow, I'm impressed. My grandfather used to love that show. He used to answer so many of the questions correctly, as a child I was blown away. For me, well, if I get one of two answers in a day I feel happy.

Congrats for trying out. And I'm with you, they should give you some kind of feedback even if you don't make it through. You did try out after all.


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida Author

If you go on the website, you can sign up for the newsletter, and it will tell you when the Brain Bus or a contestant search will be in St. Louis.


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

Thanks. I knew about the Brain Bus but did not know about the January online test. Damn, I guess I have to wait a year unless the bus or contestant search comes near St. Louis.


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida Author

There are a couple of ways you can try out. They have this bus that goes around the country, and you can try out there. Or, every year, in January, they have the online contestant exam. You have to sign up in advance of when the test is going to be. There is a set time to log in, and you have 15 seconds to answer each question. If you pass, they contact you. They also have contestant searches in major cities every so often. The best bet is to go to the Jeopardy website. It can tell you when they are doing contestant searches, and where, or where the Brain Bus will be.


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

Anna: How do you try out for Jeopardy?


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida Author

UW-- Thank you!!! How long ago was this?? I hope your friend gets on the show!! I do think that was GT's point. Teen Jeopardy and Celebrity Jeopardy are much easier.


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Uninvited Writer 7 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Good luck. A friend of mine auditioned for the show and was basically told she was on a waiting list.

Goldentoad: would you really want to be on Celebrity Jeopardy where they dumb down the questions?


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida Author

imadork-- Yep! Funny!

Bob-- I am trying. If I don't make it this year, I plan on trying out next year. I still haven't heard anything, so I don't really know what that means.


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Bob Ewing 7 years ago from New Brunswick

Not a TV watcher but a believer that one should follow that dream.


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

LOL


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida Author

I couldn't agree more! On my Jeopardy game, when I have a huge lead, it even says, "This game's a no brainer, unless somebody pulls a Clavin." First time I heard that, I bust out laughing.


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

Cliff was awesome but such an idiot for ruining his runaway lead!


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida Author

I can't believe someone besides me actually remembers the response that Cliff Clavin gave at the end of Final Jeopardy!! LOL! That is a fear of mine, as well. I don't know what I would do if that happened.


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imadork 7 years ago from St. Peters, MO

"Who are three people who have never been in my kitchen?"

I would love to go on Jeopardy but I would be afraid I would be the loser in the red after Double Jeopardy.


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida Author

glassvisage-- I love The Wheel as well!! My mom and I watched that show all the time, too. We kept talking about going on together, for family week, or something like that. Good luck to you!!


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glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

I totally understand your frustration. I've been trying to go on "Wheel of Fortune" for years because my family always though I'd be good at it... Good luck to the both of us!


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida Author

Chris-- Best of luck to you on your contestant exam!!!! Mine is one Tuesday, and I have been cramming like mad! I get to watch Jeopardy twice a day here, an old episode and a new one. Trying to fill my head with as much useless knowledge as I can! Hope you make it! Let me know how you did. As for Mr. X, maybe I will get some creepy fan mail. LOL!!

Pam-- Thank you! Honestly, I think I will need all the good luck and good wishes I can get! A line from a show I watched the other day put my sort of knowledge in perspective. "All knowledge is useful, in the right context."


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

Good luck and go get 'em Anna! I would be happy to just know someone who was on jeopardy. I have a hard enough time keeping important information in my head much less useless info. ;)

Good luck to you too Christoph!


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Christoph Reilly 7 years ago from St. Louis

I've been signed up for the online quiz for a couple of weeks now. I had a freak out last wednesday late, thinking I had missed the test, but then realized it's this week. I was signed up to do it last year too, but then my computer wouldn't do it. I was soooo disappointed. Some days when I watch the show I'm a genius, and other days I'm a complete moron, so I'm betting on moron for the actual test. Well, I'll never know until I try.

P.S. Thought you'd like to know a guy left a comment to you on my dolls hub, asking you how you were and if you were single. I deleted it. He was from outside of hubpages and called himself Mr. X. Beware. FYI.


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida Author

tony-- I love George Carlin!! That would be funny! I would love to see someone do that!

goldentoad-- It might be a little hard to see tony if he just sat down the whole time. I am sure they would make him stand up.


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

You mean sit there and not say or do anything for the whole half hour. I know you don't want to really stand! You've been sitting in your avatar ever since I've known you.


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

I too like Jeopardy !I want to do something that George Carlin once said was his goal . To stand there and not say or do anything the whole half hour !


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tony0724 7 years ago from san diego calif

I too like Jeopardy !I want to do something that George Carlin once said was his goal . To stand there and not say or do anything the whole half hour !


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida Author

needful things-- anything is possible! Why not try out and see how you do? It's online, so no need to travel.

Zsuzsy-- Thank you! It's great to be back. I did notice a few missing faces since I have been back. Hopefully they will return as well.

rockinjoe-- Thank you! You are right. It's all in the timing. You could know every answer, but if you don't get the timing right, it does you no good.


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rockinjoe 7 years ago from Standing right behind you!

I think you should go for it. I like Jeopardy, but I don't think I could be that smart and coordinated (with the buzzer) at the same time. Nice hub!


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Zsuzsy Bee 7 years ago from Ontario/Canada

Your back Yeahhhh, there are quite a few MIA hubbers so I'm really glad to see you back. (With a great new avatar too.)

Jeapardy is a staple at my house but I could never be on that show because I need to mull everything over too long.I come up with the answer but they've moved on to the next one already.

welcome back... kindest regards Zsuzsy

 


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needful things 7 years ago from Poland

I to wanted to be part of jeopardy. But well...


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida Author

I would love to be on Celebrity Jeopardy! It is soo much easier than regular Jeopardy!! LOL! Now, how to become famous...? LOL! Thanks for the comment, goldentoad!!


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goldentoad 7 years ago from Free and running....

I always had my dreams of being on Jeopardy too, but only if i can be on teen jeopardy or celebrity jeopardy after I become a world famous writer.


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Anna Marie Bowman 7 years ago from Florida Author

Ha ha!!! A fellow fan!! Thanks for the comment, Cris A!!!

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