Can You Correctly Answer These Daily Double "Jeopardy!" Questions?
In honor of host Alex Trebek, here are some of the toughest "Daily Double" questions the host ever posed.
On Nov. 8, Jeopardy! fans were crushed to learn that host Alex Trebek had lost his battle with pancreatic cancer, passing away at the age of 80. The host had become a weeknight mainstay for many trivia lovers, who tuned in to see three lucky contestants duke it out nightly. One of the highlights of the long-standing game show have been the secret "Daily Double" questions, when a contestant could potentially double their earnings, depending on whether or not they answer correctly. To take look back at some of the most challenging questions Trebek posed to contestants, we've rounded up some of Jeopardy!'s memorable "Daily Double" questions from over the years so you can test your own knowledge. And for more on Trebek's health struggles, check out The Symptoms of Pancreatic Cancer Alex Trebek Wanted You to Know.
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Torchwood was a spinoff of this British series; the titles of the two shows are anagrams of each other.
Category: TV Spinoffs
What is Doctor Who?
Torchwood is a spinoff of the 2005 revival of the popular British show Doctor Who. The series, which first aired in 2006, follows a small team of alien hunters from the fictional Torchwood Institute—specifically, central character Captain Jack, played by John Barrowman. And for more spinoffs, check out the 21 TV Spinoffs You Totally Forgot About.
A category in the World Beard & Moustache Championships honors this 20th century artist's 'stache.
Category: Art & Artists
Who is Salvador Dali?
Salvador Dali was a Spanish surrealist painter known for his unusual and bizarre imagery and equally unusual and bizarre moustache. At the annual World Beard and Moustache Championships, Dali's iconic facial hair is honored with the "Dali Moustache" category. The organization recognizes a Dali Moustache as "slender with the tips curled upward. Hairs growing from beyond the corner of the mouth must be shaved, and the tips may not extend above the level of the eyebrows."
This classic kid's book by Felix Salten is subtitled "A Life in the Woods."
What is Bambi?
Though it was popularized by the eponymous Disney movie, Bambi was originally a 1923 Austrian book titled Bambi: Eine Lebensgeschichte aus dem Walde, which translates to Bambi: A Life in the Woods. The iconic story has since been translated into more than 30 languages and published all across the world. And for more great Disney facts, check out these 35 Amazing Facts About Disney World Only Insiders Know.
Enjoy the Van Gogh Museum and the Stock Exchange, founded in 1602 in this city… but don't stop for any red lights.
Category: World Capital Points of Interest
What is Amsterdam?
Amsterdam is the capital of the Netherlands, made famous by tourist attractions like the Van Gogh Museum and the Amsterdam Stock Exchange, one of the oldest stock markets in the world. The city's biggest claim to fame (or infamy), however, is its Red Light District, popular for its entirely legal displays of sex workers and brothels. And for more fascinating factoids about the world around us, check out the 50 Most Interesting Facts About the World.
This feline with a fancy coat is the only New World resident traditionally classified as big cat.
Category: South American Wildlife
What is a jaguar?
The "big cat" clan only officially consists of tigers, lions, jaguars, leopards, and snow leopards. (Cheetahs are not classified as big cats because of their inability to roar.) But only the jaguar—the largest cat in the Western Hemisphere—is naturally found in the Americas, from the southern United States to the south of Paraguay. And for more dangerous creatures, check out these 30 Super Adorable Baby Photos of Super Dangerous Animals.
This character who debuted in 1926 is also called Edward Bear.
Category: Literary Characters
Who is Winnie the Pooh?
The famous literary bear and friend to Christopher Robin didn't get his start as Winnie the Pooh. Rather, the character's original name was actually Edward Bear, named after author A.A. Milne's son's own childhood teddy bear. And for more backstories on your favorite fictional characters, check out the 23 Full Names of Fictional Characters You Didn't Know.
This website was originally "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web."
What is Yahoo?
Originally founded in 1994 by Stanford engineering students Jerry Yang and David Filo, Yahoo! was created as a way for internet users to find other useful websites. However, when the duo first created the search engine, its name—"Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web"—was far less concise.
The Looking Glass, The Orchid & The Pearl were all stations on this show.
Category: TV Things in Common
What is Lost?
Over the course of six seasons, Lost took over American television screens with its twists and turns as it followed the survivors of a plane crash on a seemingly "deserted" island. One of the central elements of the show was the Dharma Initiative, a fictional research project that hosted abandoned stations across the island, and three of those stations were named The Pearl, The Orchid, and The Looking Glass.
The name of this branch of math comes from the Latin for "small stone."
Category: Here's 2 "U" (the response will contain two "U"s)
What is calculus?
Calculus is a form of math that deals with derivatives and integrals of functions. People practicing this arithmetic study in ancient times did so via the use of little stones, or calculi—and that's precisely how the branch of math got its name. And for more math facts, check out these 40 Facts About Numbers That Will Make You Feel Like a Mathematical Genius.
Richard Nixon graduated from this North Carolina university's law school in 1937.
Category: Colleges & Universities
What is Duke?
Long before he was known as the 37th president of the United States, Richard Nixon was just an undergraduate at Whittier College in California. Right after undergrad, Nixon attended Duke Law in North Carolina, earning his degree in 1937.
The Gadsden flag of the American Revolution featured a rattlesnake and this contraction.
Category: I'm Having Contractions
What is Don't (Tread on Me)?
The Gadsden flag, popularly referred to as the "Don't Tread on Me" flag, was created during the American Revolution. The flag was named after South Carolina's Christopher Gadsden, the American general and politician who designed it. And for more southern facts, check out the 25 Craziest Facts About the South.
The "One Cup of Coffee" on his Songs of Freedom album must have been a Jamaican brew.
Category: Classic Coffee Tunes
Who is Bob Marley?
Bob Marley's 1992 Songs of Freedom album features an array of songs that he recorded with his band, Bob Marley and the Wailers. One of the most popular songs on the album, "One Cup of Coffee," was actually one of the first songs the famous reggae artist ever recorded and released in 1962.
She was the first African American to win a medal at a Winter Olympics.
Who is Debi Thomas?
A queen in the ice ring, Debi Thomas won a bronze medal for her figure skating at the 1998 Winter Olympics—and in doing so, she became the first black athlete to ever win a medal at the Winter Games. And for more amazing feats by women, check out these Amazing Achievements by Women Every Year for the Last 40 Years.
It's America's equivalent of the European reindeer.
Category: "Ou" Animal!
What is a caribou?
The reindeer, though real, is known as a caribou in North America. However, this animal is now scarce on the continent and can only be found in parts of Canada, Alaska, and the Pacific Northwest.
On June 24, 1996, it reintroduced the "Bucket" that's made many families' mouths water.
Category: Three-Letter Abbreviations
What is KFC (Kentucky Fried Chicken?)
Kentucky Fried Chicken—better known by its acronym, KFC—is a fast food staple in America. The chain got its start in 1952 in Corbin, Kentucky, but gained newfound fame in 1996, when it reintroduced its famous bucket of chicken.
In 1957, Strom Thurmond engaged in one for 24 hours and 18 minutes speaking against a civil rights bill.
Category: "F" Words
What is a filibuster?
Strom Thurmond's 1957 filibuster currently holds the record for the longest individual speech at 24 hours and 18 minutes. What was it a filibuster against? The Civil Rights Act of 1957, which passed despite the South Carolina senator's pushback.
Most of Kevin Costner's scenes were cut from this film, except for his opening bits as a corpse.
Category: Big Movies
What is The Big Chill?
Though Kevin Costner technically appeared in 1983's The Big Chill, viewers never actually see the actor's face. Despite filming flashback scenes, the final cut only featured Costner in the opening scene as a corpse. However, the movie's writer-director Lawrence Kasdan paid the actor back by casting him as the lead in one of his next films, the 1985 western Silverado.
Said one way, it means to think carefully; another, what a jury does to decide one's fate.
Category: Serious Talk
What is deliberate?
While the meanings of the two words share similarities, the outcome is where they differ. When you deliberate over something, you "engage in long and careful consideration" about something in your life; when a jury deliberates something, they discuss and decide whether to find someone guilty or not guilty in a court of law. And for more on words' complexities, check out these 30 Words That Have Different Meanings Throughout the U.S.
This London park has the Princess Diana fountain and "The Huntress," which honors another Diana—the goddess of hunting.
Category: City Parks
What is Hyde Park?
Hyde Park's Diana Memorial Fountain was opened by Queen Elizabeth in 2004 as a tribute to the former Princess of Wales' "quality and openness." The park's other Diana-centric piece, The Huntress Fountain, honors the goddess of hunting with a bonze statue of her shooting an arrow. And for more ways to test your knowledge, check out these 50 Trivia Questions Only Geniuses Can Answer.