If you don’t understand why this headline is funny, you should probably just close this tab, go back to Facebooking, or whatever it was you were doing before you ended up here. This article is not for you.
On the other hand, if you happen to think this headline is pretty damn hysterical, read on. On Wednesday night, a contestant named Talia was doing poorly. She only had $600 going into Final Jeopardy and probably figured “what the hell?” Her response to a clue about a 1999 song about censorship was revealed as “What is the Love Ballad of Turd Ferguson?” Is was wrong. And it was also very right.
Alex Trebek read the response before he could really register what was happening. Turd Ferguson became a cultural icon thanks to the success of the “Celebrity Jeopardy” sketches on Saturday Night Live. Comedian Norm MacDonald used to play actor Burt Reynolds, and would spend most of the sketch harassing Will Ferrel’s version of Alex Trebek. The skits went viral on Napster in MP3 format before “going viral” was a common term.