May 21, 2012 · 0 Comments
By The Daily Mail:
I’ll take Celebrity Jeopardy! for $500, Alex.
Despite three Pulitzer Prizes and six best-selling books, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman did this on the famous game show Friday night.
What is fail miserably?
Mr Friedman came in last place in an episode Celebrity Jeopardy! when paired with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper and NBC News political correspondent Kelly O’Donnell.
The foreign affairs columnist not only lost, he missed a few seemingly basic questions.
He was quick on the buzzer but not quite as quick on his feet.
One answer: ‘In 2011, BusinessWeek said European government bonds were this “poisonous” kind of debt.’
He rang in first and answered: ‘Sub-prime?’
Ms O’Donnell chimed in next with the correct response: ‘What is toxic?’
Later, legendary host Alex Trebek gave the answer: ‘It’s the “tiny” term for a person who writes short posts about one’s personal life on Tumblr or Twitter.’
Mr Friedman immediately hit the buzzer and responded with ‘What is a tweeter?’
Neither of the other two contestants rang in. The correct question: ‘Who is a micro-blogger?’
With that, he dropped to negative $1,400.
At the end of the game, Mr Friedman was up to $8,400, behind Mr Cooper with $15,600. Ms O’Donnell trailed with $2,000.
But he bet big on the Final Jeopardy! question — one a high school student who passed American history should know.
‘The National Inventors Hall of Fame said his work “brought the south prosperity,” but he was out of business within 5 years,’ the answer read.
He wagered $7,400 on knowing the answer to the question. Despite writing a bestselling book called ‘The World Is Flat,’ about globalization has changed the industrialized world forever — he couldn’t even come up with a guess and answered nothing.
The answer is: Eli Whitney, who invented the cotton gin, one of the leading machines in the industrial revolution.
Mr Friedman ended the night with $1,000 — third place.
Ms O’Donnell guessed George Washington Carver — the African-American scientist who revitalized southern agriculture with the introduction of peanuts, sweet potatoes and soybeans.
Mr Cooper, the night’s winner, came closest. He correctly guess that invention as the cotton gin, but couldn’t remember Whitney’s name.
The CNN anchor won $50,000 for a charity that offers a suicide prevention hotline for gay teens.
The other two contestants each won $10,000 for their charities.