Nine Decent Jeopardy Facts

*I was watching Jeopardy tonight and was thinking about what a great show it is. Here’s some porn for Jeopardy fans courtesy of Neatorama:

1. The original name of the show was What’s the Question? After pitching it to the network brass, Merv Griffin decided to change the name to the catchier one we know today. The reason? One of the execs thought that the game was a great idea, but that the game needed more jeopardies. NBC ended up buying the show without even seeing a pilot.

2. The winner with the smallest amount of earnings at the end of the game managed to triumph over the other two contestants by keeping a mere dollar. On January 19, 1993, Air Force Lt. Col. Daryl Scott cleverly bid just enough to keep him afloat. The other contestants got the question wrong and lost everything. No one else has ever won by keeping a single George Washington. The answer? “His books ‘No Easy Walk to Freedom’ and ‘The Struggle is My Life’ were published during his imprisonment.” The question? “Who is Nelson Mandela.”

3. The infamous Final Jeopardy music has a name – it’s called “Time for Tony” and it was written by Merv Griffin as a lullaby for his son. If you’re familiar with the song, no doubt it’s not much of a lullaby to you – it serves more as a reminder that time is running out and you’d better hurry. It was tweaked a little bit and renamed “Think!” Over the years, Griffin estimated that royalties from the theme song earned him roughly $70 million.

4. The record for the largest one-day total ever belongs to Ken Jennings, of course. He’s the only contestant to surpass $52,000 in one day, and he surpassed it by a landslide with $75,000. Jennings actually holds 11 of the top 15 earnings spots. One of these top 15 spots was actually earned during Jeopardy! Kids Week by a 12-year-old from Virginia named Kunle Demuren, whose knowledge and quick buzzer finger earned him $49,000.

5. Back in the pre-Trebek era when Art Fleming was the host, contestants could start the audition process by just giving the office in New York a call. They would pass preliminary tests over the phone and then set up a date and time to audition in person if the were eligible. Once they made it to the actual office, potential contestants went through a written test and a faux game. These days, the audition process often starts on the Internet during designated testing times. Sometimes a “Brain Bus” also roams the country and tests Ken Jennings-wannabes.

6. In the show’s entire history, a three-way tie has only happened once. It happened fairly recently too – on March 16, 2007, every single contestant ended Final Jeopardy with $16,000. They all returned the following week to play again. You can see it happen here – Alex Trebek seems quite pleased.

7. “I Lost on Jeopardy” was released by Weird Al Yankovic in 1984. Original host Art Fleming has a cameo as himself and original announcer Don Pardo shows up to tell Yankovic all of the fabulous prizes he failed to win. The funny thing is, Weird Al was actually on Rock & Roll Jeopardy and lost to Gary Dell’Abate, better known as Howard Stern’s sidekick Baba Booey.

8. Julann Griffin, Merv’s wife, was integral to the development of the show. She helped him develop the unique answer-and-question format when they were on a plane ride to New York in the early ’60s. From 1964-1975, a piece Julann composed served as the theme to the show. It was called “Take Ten.”

9. If Alex Trebek seems a little condescending when he corrects players with wrong answers, as if he would know the answers himself even without his cheat sheet, well… he just might. Trebek is pretty brainy. Time magazine once asked him if there was an easy question that he ever didn’t know the answer to, and this was Trebek’s response:

We were doing some shows at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, and during the commercial breaks I’d go out and talk to the people in the audience. And a little boy stood up and asked, When was the Magna Carta signed? I said 1216. I was off by a year. I know a lot about the Magna Carta, but unfortunately I got the date wrong in front of 6,000 people.

He admits that he probably wouldn’t do too well if he actually had to participate on the show, though, due to his slow reflexes. Read more of Trebek’s interview with Time.

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Decent Community Word Search

As you probably know, DC is pretty fond getting down on games. So today we wanted to drop a decent word search on your ass. It’s a fun little way to pass the time, increase your detective abilities, and hunt down decency. In fact, there’s a reward for the first person to email us a successfully completed version of this word search! For a printable PDF, it’s at this link: DC WORD SEARCH. Have fun, you bastards!

Decent Site of the Week: Match that Muff

Good day Decent Community! Hope the holidays and New Year treated everyone decently! Today we wanted to share a decent link we’ve been made aware of — a quasi-pornish-fun-game site called Match that Muff. You may recall we featured  a similar site a while back called Guess Her Muff, in which you guessed what a chick’s muff looked like. It could have been anything. Well, Match that Muff offers choices, so you’re not working with a blank slate.

This game is more fun, because you can actually be right or wrong, and instead of having some ambiguous picture in your mind there’s a reassuring concreteness with Match that Muff. Which basically means you’re not keeping score yourself and can’t cheat. Hope you guys enjoy the site!

P.S. Is there a more fitting word in our sexual lexicon than “muff”? I don’t think so.

The Community Now Has Our Own Board Game

 

Decent Community and Milton Bradley have paired up to produce a chill and far out new board game called “DECE”. The much anticipated game is designed for participants to “embrace their weirdness through odd challenges, side games, exceptional performances, and measures of uniqueness.” 

Milton Bradley had been trying like mofos to strike a deal with the Community in an effort to bring their brand of decency to a board game. “We approached Decent Community because we felt their trademark funky style would translate beautifully into a game experience,” said Mr. Milton Bradley, the head spokesman for Milton Bradley. “To say we funked it out would be like saying Salma Hayek’s tits are just OK.”

The Community is also pleased with how the game turned out. “If this game were a chick, I’d fuck her brains out,” said Tubesteak.

You can order the DECE board game from this website. You can also probably pick it up at toy stores and sex shops in your local community. But buy it soon, because DECE is expected to sell like ghetto crack this Christmas season.

The Lighter Game

Nothing says “I’m a chill-ass stoner” like the lighter game. Smoke a doob or two, maybe throw on some jams and creatively balance a lighter on the back of your hand. It’s total freestyle. Improvise, go with the flow — be smooth. Explore your range.

How do you play? First you have to mellow out. Then you stand up and toss the lighter around and balance it on the back of your paw. You can play solo, but the vibes are better with more people involved — more sharing going on, tapping into the communal spirit. That sort of thing.

People who are dank at the lighter game are the same people you want to become friends with. They obviously have their shit together and give off an artful aura. These guys are expressing themselves through an otherwise non-existent medium by taking the lifeless lighter, adding their own colorful and imaginative stylings, and thus rendering their own version of what is and what isn’t.

Thursday Ramblings

I’m quietly becoming addicted to the escape games on Bored.com. For anyone who hasn’t checked them out, It’s a flash game where you use your mouse to explore a room and try to find a way out. Great way to kill some time after you’ve read Decent Community at work. While you’re at Bored.com, try the Causality game, where you have to kill six stick figures without any of them seeing another die. It sounds weird, but it’s pretty challenging. If you figure out, let me know because I’m stumped. … Today marks 19 years since the passing of guitar legend Stevie Ray Vaughan. He died in a helicopter accident while on tour with Eric Clapton. Rolling Stone named Vaughan the No. 7 Best Guitarist of all time. … Rest in Peace, Sen. Ted Kennedy. Gov. Deval Patrick said he would support legislation that will allow him to appoint a successor rather than wait months to hold a special election. Decent Community has some good suggestions as to who should replace the legendary Kennedy. … Did anyone else catch the Celebrity Roast of Joan Rivers on Comedy Central last week? Shame on you if you missed it. The annual Roast is nothing but hysterical. The always raw Lisa Lampanelli was absent again this year, but Gilbert Gottfried was as funny as ever. Check out his act and I’ll give you $5 if you don’t laugh. I’ll throw you $10 if you don’t chuckle at what I think is his best performance at the Roast of Hugh Hefner. … So why should casual movie fans be interested in the upcoming science-fiction flick “Avatar?” Because James Cameron (Titanic, Terminator 2, Alien, Aquaman) has spent the last 12 years working on it and it is reportedly the most expensive movie ever made. He released the first trailer for the movie last week. It’s due out in December. … Happy 61st birthday to Robert Remus, better known as Sgt. Slaughter. He feuded with Hulk Hogan during the WWF’s heyday, even hitting the Hulkster with a pointed boot and trying to pin him with an Iraq flag. Did you know Slaughter is one of a handful of celebrities (including Buzz Aldrin, William “Refrigerator” Perry and Roddy Piper) to be honored by having their own G.I. Joe action figures? … Happy 57th birthday to Paul Reubens, also know as Pee-Wee Herman. Decent show to watch as a kid. Despite the fact that he was arrested to flogging the dolphin in a porn theater 1991 and another arrest for kiddie porn in 2002, he is returning to the entertainment business later this year for a Pee-Wee stage show in Hollywood in November. He also recently said he is close to filming a Pee-Wee movie he wrote. … Happy 50th birthday to Downtown Julie Brown, former VJ on MTV. Did you know Brown won the World Disco Dancing Championships at age 20, or that she posed naked for Playboy in 1998? … Happy 40th birthday to The Dog Whisperer Cesar Millan. He wasn’t a licensed dog trainer when he struck it big (he freely admitted he was just a “Mexican guy who has a magical way with dogs”), but his work with Will Smith‘s pup led to his stardom. Smith and wife Jada started recommending him to other celebrities, and even worked with him to improve his English as he started hitting it big.

Summer Vacation Notice

Hello Community! I’d like to give notice to our readers that I, Tubesteak, will be taking a decent summer sabbatical over the next few weeks or so. This is not to say I won’t be writing about decency within The Community, but postings will definitely be less frequent. Indeed, summer is finally here.

Among the endeavors I’ll be pursuing in place of writing here:

This is not intended to be a full-fledged hiatus. Who knows — perhaps I’ll miss The Community too much and be back sooner than planned. But ideally I’ll fire up some fun shit once in a while for all your asses while Fugaze and Helmet Head keep this operation afloat. You can rest assured Community — this sabbatical will be strictly focused on practicing decency.