ABOVE: Watch contestants struggle with the “Canadian Cities” category on Jeopardy.
TORONTO — Don’t blame Canada — blame the American education system.
On an episode of Jeopardy this week, contestant Randy Pike lost all his winnings after failing at Canadian geography.
Pike chose the $1,200 clue in the Canadian Cities category and wagered $5,400 of his $5,600 in winnings on a Daily Double.
“The swan is a symbol of this Ontario city; each year, white & black swans are released into the Avon River,” read host Alex Trebek, who was born and raised in Ontario.
Pike guessed: “What is Edmonton?”
The correct answer (or question), of course, is “What is Stratford?”
Trebek offered: “You had to think, Avon River. Shakespeare…”
Pike then picked the $2,000 clue and got: “This Alberta resort was the first municipality to be incorporated within a Canadian national park.”
His guess — “What is Whistler?” — knocked him down to -$1,800. (It’s Banff.)
Trebek then read the $400 clue.
“In 1992 this city’s Velodrome, once used in the Olympic Games, was transformed into an environmental biodome.”
All three contestants came up empty. (No one tried to guess the $600 clue either.)
The final clue, worth $200, was perhaps the easiest.
“Residents of this Saskatchewan city are called Moose Javians,” Trebek read.
Pike hit his button. “What is Winnipeg?,” he guessed, as his total sank to -$2,600 — eliminating him from the game.
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