I sat in amazement tonight while watching Jeopardy! (can’t forget the exclamation point) when I saw a fellow man from Maryland wager just enough to TIE him with the other two contestants.
Two contestants had $8,000 before Final Jeopardy! and he had about $13,400 (give or take). All three answered Bonnie Parker, and the first two wagered $8,000 to get them up to $16,000.
My guy from Maryland decided to wager $2,600. Why not $2,601? I don’t know.
But, all three move on to play each other on Monday, and they all got to take home their $16,000 winnings from tonight. However, my favorite quote came from an AP Entertainment article:
The show contacted a mathematician who calculated the odds of such a three-way tie happening — one in 25 million.
How do you calculate the probability of STUPID?