The television quiz show Jeopardy used the Ig Nobel Prizes as a category, in the program broadcast on May 23, 2019. This was the eighth time the Igs have been a Jeopardy category (previous appearances were in 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2016, 2018). Here are the answers from the new session:
The contest was exciting, reports the Inquirer Journal:
Bolton native gives ‘Jeopardy!’ champ a scare
… For a thrilling half-hour Thursday night, Bolton native Nathan Scheffey kept “Jeopardy!” audiences across the country pinned to their television sets with a nearly neck-and-neck performance against game show phenomenon James Holzhauer, at one point not just leading but almost tripling the reigning champion’s score….
While tearing through subjects ranging from American history to musicals to the satirical Ig Nobel Prize, Scheffey racked up two daily doubles, and by the time contestants entered the Double Jeopardy! round, he was leading Holzhauer $19,400 to $6,600.
Even the usually unflappable Trebek took notice, musing to the studio audience that it was “hard to believe” Scheffey’s early dominance….