The 7 Most Embarrassing "Jeopardy!" Answers of All Time

Think not knowing the Lord’s Prayer is bad? These contestants are infamous.

Many of the contestants on Jeopardy! go down in history for their impressive ability to correctly answer random trivia questions. However, in the nearly 60 years the show has been on the air, a few handfuls of those are remembered for their incorrect answers. This week a trio of contestants failed to answer a seemingly simple question about the Lord's Prayer. "Matthew 6:9 says, "Our Father, which art in heaven, [THIS] be thy name," host Mayim Bialik said, with the group expected to fill in the blank. Not one got the answer correct, sending social media into a frenzy. However, there have been even bigger blunders over the years. Here are the 7 most embarrassing Jeopardy! answers of all time. 

1
What is the Plural of Moose?

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During the Second Change Tournament in October 2022, law student Jack Weller seriously slipped up during a round titled "Plurals That Don't End in S." When expected to offer up the plural of "moose," the scholar gave a rather unique response. "What are meese?" he answered.  The audience roared in laughter before another contestant answered the trick question with "What are moose?" 

2
"This Term for a Long-Handled Gardening Tool Can Also Mean an Immoral Pleasure Seeker"

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Back in 2004, when software engineer Ken Jennings held the record for the longest winning streak in the show's history, he was asked a question during a "Tool Time" category. "This term for a long-handled gardening tool can also mean an immoral pleasure seeker," was the question. "What is a hoe?" he responded. "Whoa. They teach you that in school in Utah, huh?" Alex Trebek joked, which sent the audience to burst into laughter. "What is a rake?" was answered by a fellow contestant. 

3
"What Are Toilets?"

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"By the 4th Century A.D., Rome had 28 public ones stacked with rolls of papyrus," was the question. "What are toilets?" responded a contestant, who didn't realize that toilets weren't invented until 1596. The right answer? "What are libraries?"

4
"What Is the Age of Consent?"

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"In common law, the age of this, signaling adulthood, is presumed to be 14 in boys & 12 in girls?" Alex Trebek asked a trio of contestants in April 2015. Tom, a freemason, was the first to slam the buzzer. "What is the age of consent?" he responded. Viewers went wild on social media, calling the answer the "creepiest" ever. "Did anyone else see the creep on Jeopardy who thought 12 was the age of consent for girls," one wrote. The correct answer? What is puberty. 

5
No, Diana Ross Almost 100

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In March 2022 during Final Jeopardy, two contestants aged Diana Ross by decades. "In 2021 at age 95, this singer achieved a Guinness World Record for the oldest person to release an album of new material," was the question. The correct answer? Tony Bennett. "Deepest apologies to the iconic Diana Ross! I didn't really think you were the answer, but was running out of time and had to put something!" one of them tweeted after the episode aired. "Me too!" added the other. "I knew she was not nearly that old but better to write something than nothing. Just glad we're in this together hahahaha."

6
Michael Caine or Mick Jagger?

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"To honor his father, this star here was knighted in his birth name, Sir Maurice Micklewhite," Mayim Biyalik read in the category "Knight After Knight" showing a picture of Michael Caine. Mazin Omer responded: Who is Mick Jagger. 

7
Real Houswives Mix Up

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Real Housewives fans are pretty die hard. So in June 2022, when the clue "Kyle Richards, Lisa Rinna and Garcelle Beauvais get 'real,'" was read in the category titled "3 for the Show," they were shocked that someone believed they were from Orange County – not Beverly Hills.  

 

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