More compelling than the hideosity of hearing Alex Trebek overpronounce Nicaragua, are the eye-popping autobiographical tidbits Alex elicits from the contestants.
Alex: Something strange happened to you at the grocery store?
Contestant: Yes, I went to get a loaf of bread but when I got home and looked in the bag, I had bought a pound of bacon instead.
Me: This is so hilarious, I am going to root for you to win.
Alex: I hear you did something daring up in the air?
Contestant: Yes, Alex. I took my girlfriend up to the rooftop of my building and proposed.
Me: I’ve never heard of anything more original. I hope she said yes.
Alex: Tell us what happened when you visited the Louvre (calm down, Alex. Yes, it’s a French word.)
Contestant: I was in the Manet section of the Louvre and had a coughing fit and I couldn’t stop and had to go outside.
Me: Oh, how embarrassing. I bet it made Le Monde
Alex: Did you get more than you bargained for from the dry cleaner?
Contestant: I went to pick up my three-piece suit but when I got it home and unwrapped it, I had a woman’s taffeta cocktail sheath with a deep-v neckline and two rows of flounce at the hem.
Alex: And you had to take it back?
Contestant: No. I kept it. I tried it on and really liked it. I wear it on week-ends.
Me: Finally. Something interesting.
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