Vine video: Most cringeworthy ‘Jeopardy!’ moment ever during College Championship

Dude. DUDE!

Watch as University of Wisconsin student Julia Sprangers realizes her mistake.

What is “AWK-ward”?

Hey, it could have been worse.

We’re laughing so we don’t weep for the future.

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  • Danny Wheeler

    EEEEEEPIIIIICCC FAAAAAAIIIIIILLLL!!!

  • 2ifbyT

    My jaw hit the floor when they revealed her answer. Is it coincidence she is a student at Wisconsin, in good old Madison??

    • BorderLine Guy

      Hey now…yes, goofballs aplenty there in UW, but a lot of normal people too. It’s the GOVERNMENT in Madison that helps give it the crazy as well. She’s probably from the East Coast or Illinois anyway.

      • J August

        UW-Madison is lefty liberal paradise, and the girl is actually from Wisc.- Oshkosh, to be exact.

        • BorderLine Guy

          False advertising! She should have been wearing yellow and black then.

    • Jeremy

      Madison sometimes makes Bezerkley as Bill Wattenburg calls it look tame

    • http://www.facebook.com/Kuasimodem Curtis Hesse

      I’m from Wisconsin, and most of my friends refer to Madison as “25 square miles surrounded by reality.”

      Thankfully there are people like Scott Walker bringing some sanity back to that city.

  • http://twitter.com/die_mich_zwei Spatial Awareness

    Lord. Help. Us.

  • CatHerder

    I can’t say too much, I never heard of Oskar Schindler until the movie.

    • Blake Waymire

      Not knowing who Schindler was is excusable. Not knowing Himmler’s role in Nazi Germany is much, much less excusable.

      • jeffunde

        Schools are not teaching anything about history. The are teaching about gay rights, same sex marriage, Obama is your savior, how to get birth control, etc., etc.

        • jay

          Makes no sense, you would never even qualify for a prequalifying round of jeopardy.. So what does that say about your education??

          • J August

            Yes, typical liberal response; let’s make it about someone else rather than the subject at hand. Do you think that YOU could qualify for Jeopardy? I watch basically to find out how much I know and don’t know and will freely admit that I more than likely would not qualify. But I would expect someone who is college educated to at least know more than I do, although they may not be wiser than my 58 years.

          • ObamaFail

            Common Core textbooks teach kids about how Republicans are currently destroying the economy, which is false. IT’s the Democrats who won’t let any budgets pass.

          • jay

            That’s not false..

          • jay

            That’s not false..

          • ObamaFail

            Common Core textbooks teach kids about how Republicans are currently destroying the economy, which is false. IT’s the Democrats who won’t let any budgets pass.

  • http://twitter.com/jcmeyerga Jonathan Meyer

    What do you know? A product of the illustrious public school system of Wisconsin.

    • Dan Thorpe

      I am a product of the WI school systems but I knew about Schindler before the movie. I am a student of history though.

      • daeghrefn

        It’s not so bad not knowing who Schindler was. What’s bad is thinking that Himmler was called a “righteous Gentile”. I wonder what the odds are that this young woman voted for Obama?

  • http://www.common2cents.org/ Soulphoenix

    Most of her professors would have given THE SAME ANSWER.

  • Billie Slash

    ……But she knows what brand of shoes Kim Kardashian wore today….

    • JustLikeAnimals

      Uhm, yeah! Like, duh! OMG!

      • Jesse

        Would you respond this way if she were a man?

        Interesting how the same mistake can be excusable, funny, or cruel from a man, but ditzy and dumb from a woman. This type of simplistic thinking that sorts humanity into hierarchies and stereotypes helped Himmler garner support in the first place.

        The purpose of learning history isn’t to know names, but to recognize concepts as they repeat themselves, even if only on a minor scale.

        • Guest

          It’s absurd to suggest that a girl who made the semifinal round of College Jeopardy is dumb or ditzy. Shortly before that unfortunate Final Jeopardy answer, she correctly identified the surgeon to Queen Victoria. Could you have done the same? Doubt it!

        • Guest

          I would have had the same reaction if she were a man. If you do not know who Himmler was, you are embarrassingly ignorant. But I suspect she did know and was making a really bad joke–because most people who don’t know who Himmler was would not even know his name.

          Maybe the purpose of history isn’t to learn names, but you can’t learn history without knowing the name.

          • Jesse

            You may have been offended if she were a man, but you probably wouldn’t have made shoe jokes and said “like, duh! OMG!” That’s the repetition of history I was talking about.

            And I think it’s less likely that she was making a joke than that she was under pressure and was thinking, “I know it sounds like…” We must admit that Himmler and Schindler sound similar even though they couldn’t be more different substantively speaking. Brains frequently store memories by vague sounds, as we all know. How frequently have we been playing a memory game and said something totally absurd just because it had the long “e” or same first letter as the word we were searching for?

            The way I see it, we have two choices: we can assume the worst of terrible intentions in a complete stranger, or we can assume that she made a human mistake. I could see myself messing up in similar situation, and so I choose the latter, humbler approach.

      • Joanna

        It’s absurd to suggest that a girl who made the semifinal round of
        College Jeopardy is dumb or ditzy. Shortly before that unfortunate
        Final Jeopardy answer, she correctly identified the surgeon to Queen
        Victoria. Could you have done the same? Doubt it!

  • peteee363

    it seems her endoctronation is complete, time for her to run dor a local democrat politician!

    • Guest

      You evidently stayed far away from those “endoctronating” schools! Good dor you!

  • medicinewomantwo

    What is sad is she shows ignorance not in just one area but two.

  • Gordon

    I’m sure she knows that Che brought freedom to Cuba tho.

  • James Rose

    Kallage gragate.

  • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

    What difference at this point, does it make? That happened a loooong time ago.

  • http://twitter.com/pjcostello Paul Costello

    How anyone cannot know the name of Heinrich Himmler, and his role in the Nazi Germany, is pathetic.. what a sad commentary on our schools.

    • El Guapo

      The only “facts” my daughter learned about World War II in her high school American history class came from watching the Hollywood movie “Pearl Harbor.” Sad but true.

  • John Thomas “Jack” Ward III

    Just out of curiosity, how much money did she lose? Inquiring minds want to know… Jawamax 8<{D}

    • TexSizzle

      If I remember correctly, she had 9000, and wagered & lost 8000.

    • TexSizzle

      If I remember correctly, she had 9000, and wagered & lost 8000.

  • tjp77

    ‘Himmler’s List’ was a VERY different movie.

  • Brian Roastbeef

    Meggie Mac: Like, that’s pretty bad. Even I know who Adolf Himmler was.

  • irishgirl91

    Wisconsin right? Fully schooled on the glory of Che and the One I’m sure.

  • jody

    did anyone get it right?

    • $27789750

      The other two kids both got it right.This little gal was over matched. The two guys on with her were way out in front.

  • Expat61

    My guess is that she didn’t know what the word Righteous meant.

    • AndreaKlett

      Well, maybe she thought she knew. Part of the word is “right” after all. In the lefty world of academia “right” is bad, very bad. 😉

    • AndreaKlett

      Well, maybe she thought she knew. Part of the word is “right” after all. In the lefty world of academia “right” is bad, very bad. 😉

  • RightThinking1

    Well…, just the other night, none of the contestants knew who Bill Ayers is. I was appalled.

  • JustLikeAnimals

    Welcome to the results of “everyone should have a college education.” She is the poster child for the dumbing down of America.

  • Cynical_Bystander

    Ahh… I see they let Wolf Blitzers daughter on Jeopardy.

  • $27789750

    Oh for goodness sake, she’s just a kid. Cut her some slack.

    • http://www.facebook.com/corey.dennison Corey Dennison

      That’s a pretty big mistake…and no. She’s not a ‘kid.’ She’s an adult college student.

      • $27789750

        That’s not a big mistake…unfortunate maybe, but not earth shaking. It was not purposeful or malicious. With all there is to get impassioned about in this world, Jeopardy questions are way down on the list.

        • Jesse

          Agreed. It’d be different if she meant it or truly didn’t know the difference between the two or was a public figure or wasn’t under time pressure with money on the line. But this isn’t earth-shattering. I’d be so nervous in her shoes!

    • Jimmy Voltron

      No, I think not. No mercy.

  • truckee22

    Another fine example of what billions in higher education costs have saddled the nation with. Moronic, self entitled, low info voters with no sense of history, honor or national pride.

  • IronButterfly

    She was probably taught that Himmler provided low income housing to Jews in Germany during the 1930s and 40s.

    Sad….

  • http://twitter.com/Stimulus4U Marty Luther

    Himmler had a different list.

  • TDS

    Ah…
    Himmler’s List…
    Such a great movie…

  • Brent Guthrie

    what? words elude me
    Just………wow.

  • Brent Guthrie

    what? words elude me
    Just………wow.

  • Harry A

    to plays devils advocate there are a lot of things to be taught in history, you cant possibly learn them all. My knowledge of World War II comes mostly from movies, sad but true. I studied the Independence War, Civil War and World War I in depth in school. We also did Ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Native Americans, the CRM, Agricultural Revolution, Industrial Revolution, Age of Enlightenment, Age of Exploration, Medieval Period and thats just what i remember.

    i remember from my AP US History class, out of the 1100+ pages over 2 books and 40 chapters we had to learn, WWII got 1 chapter, [that we never got to in class].

    • Roland_the_Gunslinger

      ONE chapter on WWII. That’s criminal.

      • Harry A

        Yeah, but what would you take out? Theres so much information that can be taught that you cant possibly teach everything, somethings have to be sacrificed. The APUSH started around 1550 Americas, theres almost 400 years worth of knowledge before you get to World War II. This is what I mean, you can’t possibly learn everything.

        World War II was a big moment in history, but should teaching it take anymore precedence over teaching Independence War, Civil War or World War I? Is learning about the wars more important than learning about the political and civil contributions of the founding fathers away from the battlefield?

  • http://www.nleomf.org/officers/ FlatFoot

    She was nervous and she super derped.

    Oh well.

    Better luck next time, dummy.

  • Calpad

    For everyone who is negatively commenting on either this student or UW you should really stop and think for a minute. A) She and none of you were accepted onto the show B) Madison was one of the few schools who even made it the the semi-finals so that says something and C) I think she represented herself and Madison fantastically. If you actually watched the episode and not just the news feed on it you would see that she was smart, charismatic and a good competitor. So she made a mistake. I am sure being on national television and flying all the way from Spain just to compete did not help. Take it easy on her. She should be proud and congratulated for just getting this far! Congrats Julia! You were my favorite contestant!

    • GMMI

      WTF are the teaching in the History Department there? Or is any kind of History even required for a degree there?

    • Jesse

      Well said! It wasn’t like she didn’t actually know this, either; she obviously just messed up and realized her mistake right after. And who wouldn’t with that kind of time pressure and money on the line?

      Irony: it’s this sort of internet scrutiny that makes people nervous when they appear on national TV in the first place! Can you imagine what she felt knowing that any little error would result in this? Don’t blame the education system for her mistake; blame yourselves!

      Congrats, Julia! You’re incredibly smart–and much smarter than all us commenters (which isn’t saying much) 😉

  • Frustrated Teacher

    I’m actually amazed that she knows who EITHER of those guys are if she came out of public education…

  • Zefal

    That would be the correct answer on obama’s version of Jeopardy.

  • Zefal

    That would be the correct answer on obama’s version of Jeopardy.

  • Mike Peterson

    OH my GOSH. She didnt know something about history(although a big part of history) leave her the hell alone. It pisses me off that people are going after someone for getting a question wrong on a damn TV show. Lets see you qualify for Jeopardy. and yes public schools suck. Go after the schools, not her personally. Its disrespectful as all hell, and where i come from we would never say horrible things like some people have said to/about a lady. Learn some respect….this why i hate the internet.

  • Jimmy Voltron

    Holy effing S. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot?!

  • geronl

    Weep for the future? What future?