A contestant on "Wheel of Fortune" missed out on an easy $7,100 Monday after botching his pronunciation of the word "Flamenco." A contestant named "Jonny" may have thought he would easily take the cash home that would come with a trip to Europe. He had a complete answer on the board reading: "Flamenco Dance Lessons." But rather than saying "flamenco," the man said "flamingo" – an exotic pink bird – sending him into a state of disbelief after the show host Pat Sajak buzzed him for a wrong answer. Jonny's botched pronunciation meant that his opponent, Ashley, had an easy walk and will be enjoying some of the Jonny's money somewhere in the sunny parts of Europe.
That all-too-proper slip of the tongue not only cost Spicher $3,200 in Jan. 2's game, it made him a media sensation this week. Google "gangsta" and "Jeopardy," and you'll find Spicher's mispronunciation and show host Alex Trebek's correction of it on YouTube. There are items about the gaffe in The New York Times, on TV news and entertainment websites, and rap message boards.
"Can I keep it gangsta tonight?" Ice Cube asked as he took the stage Saturday at Coachella. Yes, please, the crowd responded. And so he did -- for about half his show. Going into the festival, the West Coast rap pioneer was widely expected to reunite the living members of his seminal late-'80s group, N.W.A, whose story was dramatized in last year's hit biopic "Straight Outta Compton." Earlier this month, the outfit -- featuring Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, MC Ren, DJ Yella and the late Eazy-E (who died in 1995) -- was even inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.