…on JEOPARDY! , that is. My niece, Megan Barnes, is a big Yankees fan (she likes Derek Jeter, of course) and lives in Baltimore. My brother usually co-ordinates his Summer visits to her with the Yankees away schedule so the two of them can catch a game or two at Camden Yards—much cheaper than Yankee Stadium you know.
Well, last night Megan was on JEOPARDY! facing off against a 5 time Champion and another challenger AND SHE WON!! $37,000+ in fact. What sealed it for her was Final Jeopardy. The category was “Garments of the World” and the question (or answer rather) was a type of veiled article of clothing mentioned by Rudyard Kipling. Now Megan’s father (my brother) served in both Afghanistan and Iraq, and while he was in the former he sent his wife (Megan’s mom) a veiled outfit worn by Muslim women called a “burqa.” So Megan wrote down “What is a burqa?” for her response AND SHE WAS RIGHT! The other challenger wrote down “What is…?” and lost everything but $2. And the reigning champ, WHO IS A MUSLIM, wrote down “What is a sari?” (a garment worn by Hindu women, I believe) AND HE WENT “ALL IN!” Yup, he lost EVERYTHING. So the final score was:
My Niece …….$37,000+
Challenger 1………… $2
I don’t know about you, but I’m counting this as a good omen for the coming season.