Saturday, June 14, 2008

I'LL TAKE "POP CULTURE" FOR $800, ALEX

I caught part of an episode of Jeopardy! yesterday, and it occurred to me that I have a penchant for retaining useless information, but when it comes to remembering facts about people and places and dates and cultures, well, I am a total child of the Internet. Want to know that names of six Brady kids? I'm your gal. Want to know the current King of Spain? It is Juan Carlos I. I know that because I looked it up on Wikipedia on the Internet. I will also forget it about ten minutes after finishing this blog entry.

I would never fare well on Jeopardy! Sure, I am able to answer some of the questions. I'm not a complete idiot. However, I would do much better if I could use the pause button on my DVR during the live show like I do when I watch it to give me a few additional seconds to think of the answer. There are certain categories of historical significance that I can manage to actually pull off. Somewhere, deep in my brain, some information from a high school or college history class must have stuck.

Nonetheless, I am loath to admit that I seem much better suited to answering pop culture questions. I can tell you all the people who were shipwrecked on Gilligan's Island. I can name at least three of Brangelina's kids. I can tell you the lyrics to Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" and the name of the three horse races that comprise the Triple Crown. On the Jeopardy board, I would ring in constantly for the category on the music of the Eagles, yet stand painfully, numbly staring off into space while the other two contestants answered all the questions about World War II. As teenagers, they were apparently reading biographies and watching The History Channel while I was reading Seventeen and watching reruns of The Cosby Show. (But I can name all of the Huxtable kids if asked - -doesn't that count for something?)


3 comments:

Kristin, a Jeopardy reject said...

You and I are more suited for a game of Trivial Pursuit, the Pop Culture addition. I do really well on the junior edition of Jeopardy. I like to watch those episodes. I can answer most of the questions if I am competing against a 12 year old! What's funny is that I am really good at knowing the pop culture of our generation, but I am useless when it comes to the current stuff that teenagers would know.

Becky said...

You are exactly right. I kick ass on the junior edition of Jeopardy. I feel pretty superior until I realize that, as you said, I am competing with 12 years olds. However, I also feel really lame when they get to a category like "Bodies of Water" and I can answer NONE of the questions unless the answer is "Mississippi River."

Karen R said...

I am a pop culture moron.
It took a lot of thought to even figure out what you were talking about with the Branjelina thing. I probably just got it wrong right there again. lol.

I'm sure none of this is new information to either of you though. ;)