This past weekend, I got a chance to hang out with an old friend who just happened to have his first child. I had a series of interesting questions to ask him about parenthood. Most of my questions were serious, but the one that stood out was a random joke question I asked that somehow managed to be relatively sensible. I asked, “If you and your wife had to go away for a year, and leave your child with a clown, a dragon, or a bear, who would you choose?” I fully understand that this is a foolish question, but it seems like most people I ask this question have the same answer. While I’m sure that everyone understands the most logical answer to this query is the clown, it is astounding just how many people don’t trust a clown with their baby. The most common answer I received was a bear, and funny enough, that was the answer I had in mind. Now, this was just meant to be a random comical question, but the answer of bear does make sense when it comes from someone in my generation. When you consider the three choices, a dragon should be immediately omitted, not just because it is a reptile, but also due to the fire breathing aspect. As for the clown, I said it before, but there is just seems to be a negative stigma on clowns, I know they are humans, but parents don’t want their children raised in a wacky and unstructured environment. The bear is my choice because of The Jungle Book. Baloo raised Mowgli and he did a perfectly fine job at it, I would love fore my children to grow up understanding the “bear necessities of life.” Try asking this question to friends and family, I know it sounds foolish, but I guarantee most people will answer bear.
Jeopardy is probably my favorite trivia show, the show has been around for years and it has succeeded in keeping viewers and contestants consistently stumped by its ingenious questions. Jeopardy is a bit different from the standard trivia fare, as this show gives contestants answers and asks for the question as a response. Host, Alex Trebek, has done a fantastic job over the years, giving the answers to questions, and smugly correcting contestants for their incorrect responses. I have always wondered how and if the show could go on without Alex as the host, he has been a fixture on the show since before my birth, and I have grown to love his reactions to an absurd response by a contestant. We will all soon have to learn how the show goes on, as Trebek has announced that this will be his final season hosting. Over the past decade many long running television game shows have chosen a comedian to fill the role as the new host, and while I love the injection of comedy into an “old person’s” show, Jeopardy has an air about it that must be maintained. The new host of Jeopardy must be the kind of person who can be arrogant about his or her intelligence, without insulting the intelligence of the contestants. I can actually think of a few comedians who can fit the role held by Trebek, but in my opinion, the next host of jeopardy must be likable, intelligent, and a bit cocky. Jeopardy is a show that has no star, the show makes stars out of its contestants, I hope the new host can keep the focus on the show, and I hope the show stays the same in spite of the impending changes.