Ohio State Student Fails Geography 101 on National TV

By DJ Byrnes on February 15, 2014 at 12:32p

Wow, does my heart go out to Ohio State student Maria Khrakovsky. She appeared on the college series of Jeopardy last night — only her lifelong dream — and failed a pretty mundane question:

You see how ol' Alex Trebek — who has been accused of being a sexist, racist jerk (those are three separate links) — did her? I'm not even going to lie, first time watching this video, I only saw "M I C H I G A N" spelled out across the map and heard "this city of 104,000 smallest to boast an NFL franchise." Detroit was the first thing that leapt into my mind as well. I wasn't even paying attention to the map really because I was listening to the question.

Color me shocked there are more than 104,000 people willing to live within the city limits of Detroit. 

Fortunately for me, I wasn't on national TV. Of course, this is making the rounds on the internet today. I can only imagine how mortified poor Maria Khravosky, who was born in Ukraine and absolute loves Jeopardy, is this morning. 

I'm also getting a kick out of slovenly, Miller Lite-drinking middle-aged men beating on a 21-year-old tri-lingual French major about geography. Americans and geography have long had an odiously palpable relationship. I'd be surprised if more than 50% of us could fill out a blank map of the United States. One in four of us doesn't know Earth revolves around the sun.

Keep your head up, Maria. Your talents will obviously take you a lot farther than anonymously-bashing college students on the internet. 

And for me, this is just more proof that Jeopardy is a stupid, stupid show that should have been taken off TV by 1997. 

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