I was quite disappointed today when I turned on the TV as soon as I got home, and caught the tail-end of Jeopardy. The question was from the category "Classic Children's Book Characters."
"The name of this character who lives in a forest is a shortening of an Italian word for a newborn."
STOP NOW AND THINK OF YOUR ANSWER!
The correct answer is only three sentenced below. So you have been warned of the spoiler.
The Pony had just sat down on the couch to plug his phone into the charger, and looked up to see the question. Of course I ruined it for him by shouting out the answer. "BAMBI!" I did not waste any time. Nor did I put my answer in the form of a question, because we're all informal here at the homestead, shouting out answers willy-nilly as the mood strikes us. We'd sound pretty silly saying, "Who is Bambi, Alex." Besides, that lets somebody else steal the win. Oh, who am I kidding? Only The Pony and I are coming up with correct answers. Hick is not even home yet on most evenings.
Can you believe that only ONE of those contestants knew the answer? And she was older than the hills. Not so old that God signed her yearbook. Nor so old that her social security number is "1." That would be Mrs. Thevictorian, according to former pupils. Anyhoo...the two younger contestants had no clue. The man said, "Winnie the Pooh." Because, I guess, Italians refer to newborns as "pooh." The woman said, "Gretel." Because, perhaps, Italians want to shove that newborn in the oven. I don't know their reasoning. So don't go hatin' on Val because she tries to psychoanalyze what young Jeopardy contestants think of Italians and their diminutive terms for babies.
I told The Pony, "I can't BELIEVE they didn't know that! That's...like...the easiest question EVER for Final Jeopardy! A child would know that!"
Apparently, not MY child. "Mom. I didn't know it."
Yes. I was quite disappointed. Despite my show of knowledge.
What is wrong with society today? I KNOW I mentioned Bambi to my kids. Really. Later, The Pony even verified that he knows who Bambi is. A little fawn who lives in the forest. "And his mother got shot!" Huh. Perhaps The Pony should have been exposed to TV shows like The Sopranos. Even though he claimed he knows what a bambino is.
I've got to get my proposed handbasket factory off the back burner and into production.