Space porn: These images are (quite literally) out of this world
Arthur Chu, the game-theory nerd who hacked “Jeopardy!,” has brought new life and new attention onto the game-show franchise with $5 Daily Double wagers and a jumpy, wild style of moving from category to category.
But he’s hardly the first contestant to capture the imagination of an audience trained to expect little more than answers and questions. Indeed, many “Jeopardy!” contestants have burned fast and bright in the past — naming themselves as the solution to questions, presenting raunchy alternate guesses, and wagering way too much.
Wolf Blitzer on Celebrity “Jeopardy!”
The CNN anchor captured attention for what may well have been the worst performance on “Jeopardy!” ever — at least by a person who’s in the public eye for his perceived smarts. Before ending up with negative $4,600, Blitzer referred to noted chef “Julia Childs” and suggested that an excerpt of a book was “annodated.” Alex Trebek kindly suggested that Blitzer’s big fail was due to Andy Richter being faster on the signaling button.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s overconfidence
Just look at the poor Lakers icon’s overconfidence as he thinks he’s the subject of a Celebrity “Jeopardy!” clue. It isn’t all about you, Kareem!
The three-way tie at $0
Not a single one of the semifinalists in the 2013 Teen Tournament correctly named Belfast as the world city divided between Protestant and Catholic neighborhoods — and neither did any conserve even a dollar, meaning that none were eligible to proceed to the finals. Poor kids!
“What is a threesome?”
One of the challengers had a not-technically-incorrect answer to what a triad of lovelorn sorts form, though it’s a bit of an imaginative leap.
“Samuel Hal Holbrook”
Heartbreaking: The returning champion, naming the actor famous for playing Mark Twain, didn’t fully cross out her initial answer of “Samuel Clemons.” Even though her intent seemed clear, the uncrossed-out area read “Samuel Hal Holbrook” — meaning that she was sent packing.
One “Jeopardy!” contestant mistook a “rabbit punch” — an illegal boxing move — for a “donkey punch” — an NSFW Google search!
The case of the “groupie”
Sometimes, it’s Alex who messes up — as in this case from the 2010 College Championship, in which the host called a female competitor who wanted to be a rock journalist a “groupie.” (Your humble blogger is on the far right of the shot.)
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NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins
On December 28, 2013, Expedition 38 crew member Mike Hopkins participating in the second of two space walks to replace a degraded pump module on the International Space Station. (NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio is reflected in his helmet!)
The Soyuz TMA-10M
The Soyuz TMA-10M headed towards the International Space Station with crew members from Expedition 37 onboard.
40 years ago the Apollo 8 mission flew up to the moon, orbited it ten times and then returned to Earth. This picture was taken from that flight and shows the Earth as it seemingly rises in similar fashion to a sunrise.
Sunrise from Expedition 36
NASA Flight Engineer Karen L. Nyberg of Expedition 36 took this photo of the sun rising -- a sight they saw nearly 16 times per day due to the speed of the International Space Station's orbit around the earth.
A pair of NanoRacks CubeSats -- nanosattelite spacecrafts carrying experiments -- were launched by Expedition 38.