Diehard Jeopardy! Fans Have Created a Database of Almost Every Question Ever Asked


For trivia fanatics, the mere half-hour run time of Jeopardy! fails to satisfy their hunger for meaty, bite-sized pieces of knowledge. The J! Archive, however, just might do the trick.

The fan-created database includes a total of 384,440 questions (as of January 10, 2020) from 36 seasons of Jeopardy!. They date all the way back to the beginning of Alex Trebek’s hosting gig in 1984, right up through this week’s special tournament featuring greatest-of-all-time contestants James Holzhauer, Ken Jennings, and Brad Rutter.

According to Polygon, the website was founded 15 years ago by now-39-year-old patent attorney Robert Schmidt and is updated with the help of a small group of Jeopardy! devotees. One of them is Mark Barrett, who’s spent countless hours re-watching VHS tapes of episodes he recorded in the 1980s. He estimates that he still has around 150 taped matches to add to the archive—but there could be as many as 1400 matches still missing.

“The dream is that more games turn up through streaming services, or contestants with their own copies who upload them to YouTube and such,” he told Polygon.

The job is a little easier these days, since recent Jeopardy! seasons are available online and the archive's operators have automated the process of copying each question from the episode and uploading it to a template.

Even if it’s not quite complete, the archive is nothing if not extensive—and well-organized, too. Categorized by season, each episode includes the air date, list of contestants (names, occupations, and hometowns), and a clue board that matches the one on TV. If you hover over the money value at the top of a square, it’ll flip over to reveal the correct answer along with the name of the contestant who guessed it. If there are any wrong answers or color commentary from Trebek, you’ll see those, too. They’ve even noted the order in which the clues were chosen with tiny numerals in the upper right corners of the squares, and added boxes to reflect the contestants’ scores at the end of each round and commercial break.

For example, in the June 28, 2018 episode, Mental Floss science editor Kat Long entered the first commercial break in the lead after correctly responding “what is yuzu?” to the $1000 clue (“Ouzo is a Greek liquor; this is a 4-letter Japanese citrus fruit”) in the “Kitchen Confusion” category.

In other words, the site functions as a comprehensive transcription of the television show. For future contestants, it’s a fantastic study guide; for the rest of us, it’s just plain fun.

Explore the archive here, and find out 15 secrets of former Jeopardy! winners here.

[h/t Polygon]

The ChopBox Smart Cutting Board Has a Food Scale, Timer, and Knife Sharper Built Right Into It


When it comes to furnishing your kitchen with all of the appliances necessary to cook night in and night out, you’ll probably find yourself running out of counter space in a hurry. The ChopBox, which is available on Indiegogo and dubs itself “The World’s First Smart Cutting Board,” looks to fix that by cramming a bunch of kitchen necessities right into one cutting board.

In addition to giving you a knife-resistant bamboo surface to slice and dice on, the ChopBox features a built-in digital scale that weighs up to 6.6 pounds of food, a nine-hour kitchen timer, and two knife sharpeners. It also sports a groove on its surface to catch any liquid runoff that may be produced by the food and has a second pull-out cutting board that doubles as a serving tray.

There’s a 254nm UVC light featured on the board, which the company says “is guaranteed to kill 99.99% of germs and bacteria" after a minute of exposure. If you’re more of a traditionalist when it comes to cleanliness, the ChopBox is completely waterproof (but not dishwasher-safe) so you can wash and scrub to your heart’s content without worry. 

According to the company, a single one-hour charge will give you 30 days of battery life, and can be recharged through a Micro USB port.

The ChopBox reached its $10,000 crowdfunding goal just 10 minutes after launching its campaign, but you can still contribute at different tiers. Once it’s officially released, the ChopBox will retail for $200, but you can get one for $100 if you pledge now. You can purchase the ChopBox on Indiegogo here.

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How the Trapper Keeper Trapped the Hearts of '80s and '90s Kids

Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello
Courtesy of Cinzia Reale-Castello

No matter when or where you grew up, back-to-school shopping typically revolved around two things: clothing and school supplies. And if you’re an adult of a certain age, you probably had a Trapper Keeper on that latter list of must-buy items.

Like the stickers, skins, and cases that adorn your smartphones and laptops today, Trapper Keepers were a way for kids to express their individual personalities. The three-ring binders dominated classrooms in the '80s and '90s, and featured a vast array of designs—from colorful Lisa Frank illustrations to photos of cool cars and popular celebrities—that allowed kids to customize their organizational tools. 

In this episode of "Throwback," we're ripping open the Velcro cover and digging into the history of the Trapper Keeper. You can watch the full episode below.

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