'Jeopardy!' Pandemic Answer Freaks Out Viewers

Nathaniel Miller of Yale gave a correct response to a clue that proved chillingly prescient.

What is uncanny?

On a new “Jeopardy!” episode that aired Tuesday but was taped months ago, a clue seemed to foretell the coronavirus crisis.

Nathaniel Miller of Yale picked an $800 “Health & Medicine” clue that read: “From a Greek word for people, it describes a disease that affects many people at one time.”

“What is a pandemic?” Miller responded.

“We’ll accept that,” host Alex Trebek said.

Miller, a sophomore, won the College Championship round with $24,001 to advance to the semifinals.

The entire championship was filmed Feb. 3 and Feb. 4, the Yale Daily News noted. The World Health Organization declared a pandemic on March 11.

Needless to say, the internet was creeped out by the timing. (See the Twitter responses below the full episode. The pandemic exchange begins at 14:00.)

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