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.
I'll take "Things we wish we could un-learn" for $300, Alex. Because frankly, it was better not knowing why Jeopardy contestants appeared to ineffectually plunge their handheld buzzers, over and over, waiting for Alex Trebek to call a name seemingly at random, for all these livelong years. SEE ALSO: Alex Trebek proves he has bars with rap lyrics category on'Jeopardy!' It was a feeling we could relate to, like aggressively tapping the placebo "door close" button on an elevator. Or when we mash on our groggy remotes, or janky console controllers, or cracked smartphone screens and nothing happens ... and then after an eternal lag, it executes all of our inputs in a flurry of catastrophic compliance.
The quiz show says on its website that the Austin, Texas, woman was invited to an audition for the show in August. Before the audition, Stowell reached out to a producer to ask how long it might be before she taped her episode because she didn't have long to live. She said she would like to donate any winnings from the show to cancer research.