A Jeopardy! contestant’s odd talent turned plenty of heads on Tuesday and left many viewers feeling put off by the moment.
During the meet-the-contestants portion of the show, host Ken Jennings introduced Julie Sisson from Everett, Washington, who carries around a Scrabble piece with her grandmother’s initial, L, as a good luck charm. Then the host turned his attention to Andrew Knowles, a psychologist resident from Portland, Oregon, who, according to Jennings’ note card, has a really long tongue.
“Yeah, so I figured out at a young age I have a long tongue, and the whole nose-to-tongue thing was easy,” Knowles said, referring to those who have the ability to touch their sniffer with their taster. “And then one day I heard that, you know, touching your elbow, or licking your elbow basically, is impossible. And I tried it, and I was able to do it.”
Then, in a move that seemed to frustrate some viewers, Jennings dared Knowles to “prove it.” And after a quick attempt to get the crowd into it, Knowles completed the feat with a lick of his sweater-covered elbow.
The move garnered a round of applause from the crowd and other contestants, along with an excited reaction from Jennings who said, “Wow, look at that. I can do the nose thing, but I didn’t know there was a whole Olympic level that I knew nothing of.”
And while the moment was met with applause and astonishment in-studio, there were plenty of reactions to the moment on Twitter as well, with most people feeling like it didn’t really fit in with the overall vibe of the show.
Other’s blamed Jennings for bringing it up in the first place, and for taking it a step further.
And even though Knowles did pick up a fan or two along the way for his efforts…
…in the end it was contestant Julie Sisson and her Scrabble good luck charm that pulled out the victory. And somewhere, Mick Jagger and Gene Simmons were feeling relieved.
Jeopardy! airs weekdays, check your local listings.
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