I’ll take “predicting the future” for $1,000, Alex.
“Jeopardy!” fans were bowled over on Tuesday night when a clue on the board seemed to reference the coronavirus pandemic.
Nathaniel Miller, a sophomore at Yale, selected an $800 clue during Double Jeopardy from the category “Health & Medicine.”
Beloved host Alex Trebek, who is battling pancreatic cancer, read out the prompt: “From a Greek word for people, it describes a disease that affects many people at one time.”
Miller buzzed in with the correct answer, “What is a pandemic?”
The World Health Organization declared the coronavirus a pandemic on March 11.
It didn’t take long for fans of the show to exclaim over the coincidence on social media.
Christopher Powers posted a video of the question-and-answer, commenting, “‘Pandemic’ an answer on Jeopardy tonight. Eerie.”
Some viewers were struck with emotion. “Did anyone else get a lump in their throat when they realized ‘pandemic’ was an answer on #Jeopardy tonight or just me?” tweeted video producer Justin Rocke.
Others cracked jokes. “The Matrix just glitched,” @MarkWithAnM quipped.
Others who tuned in Tuesday night were gobsmacked at the timing, wondering if the show’s staffers orchestrated any behind-the-scenes coordinating.
Asked @thegirlfromri, “Ummm are Jeopardy’s producers clairvoyant?”
“This show has the most prophetic timing with air dates of the clues,” T. Natasha Turner chimed in.
Most just chalked it up to a sad kind of serendipity.
“Too soon,” added Michael Stone.