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RafterGirl
10-06-2017, 10:37 AM
I've been addicted to the TV quiz show Jeopardy since I was a kid. Random trivia questions just fascinate me. It's a great brain workout to watch the show and try to answer as fast as the contestants. A few nights ago there was a musical instrument category. Imagine my delight when this question came up......"what stringed instrument uses the mnemonic - my dog has fleas for tuning?" Yipeeeeee. I know this! Ukuleles make it onto Jeopardy. Awesome!

Booli
10-06-2017, 06:28 PM
I've been addicted to the TV quiz show Jeopardy since I was a kid. Random trivia questions just fascinate me. It's a great brain workout to watch the show and try to answer as fast as the contestants. A few nights ago there was a musical instrument category. Imagine my delight when this question came up......"what stringed instrument uses the mnemonic - my dog has fleas for tuning?" Yipeeeeee. I know this! Ukuleles make it onto Jeopardy. Awesome!

I don't see it every day (but my elderly mother, who lives with me does) and I happened to catch that too, and I also felt extreme joy at seeing that on the show, and oddly I also felt vindicated in that my favorite instrument was acknowledged on 'mainstream' tv.

Croaky Keith
10-06-2017, 10:55 PM
We had several adverts using ukes in them, they were shown for a couple of months, but seem to have disappeared lately.
(I did notice a recorder in one the other day).

kohanmike
10-07-2017, 05:41 AM
It's so nice to find out these things. I'm always amazed at how coincidences come out. A couple of days ago the leader of our uke group and blog writer, Cali Rose, sent an email telling of her experience recently visiting the set of "Jeopardy" and how thrilled she was. (That's a mockup set for photos, and a cardboard cutout of Alex Trebek.)

http://www.kohanmike.com/uploads/Cali_at_Jeopardy.jpg

bratsche
10-07-2017, 06:22 AM
Imagine my delight when this question came up......"what stringed instrument uses the mnemonic - my dog has fleas for tuning?" Yipeeeeee. I know this! Ukuleles make it onto Jeopardy. Awesome!

Cool that it came up on Jeopardy, but I've never understood the whole "my dog has fleas" thing... How exactly is it considered a 'mnemonic'? A YouTube search brings up various different songs by that purported name, and most seem to be structured around the uke tuning, but otherwise are not memorable in any particular way. Maybe it's just me, but I think a mnemonic based on the actual note names would make more sense...

bratsche

Tanman
10-07-2017, 07:30 AM
I saw that Jeopardy too, the $1000 answer to boot!

MopMan
10-07-2017, 09:57 AM
Did the contestants get it right?

RafterGirl
10-07-2017, 10:28 AM
Yes. I think it was the current champion who answered it correctly. He's over $300,000 in earnings so far in 2 weeks of play. Pretty smart dude, and also very quirky. He's a New York City bartender I believe.

JackLuis
10-07-2017, 12:25 PM
Cool that it came up on Jeopardy, but I've never understood the whole "my dog has fleas" thing... How exactly is it considered a 'mnemonic'? A YouTube search brings up various different songs by that purported name, and most seem to be structured around the uke tuning, but otherwise are not memorable in any particular way. Maybe it's just me, but I think a mnemonic based on the actual note names would make more sense...

bratsche

Ah, Good Cats Eat Ants?

bratsche
10-07-2017, 01:08 PM
Ah, Good Cats Eat Ants?

I think mine would definitely prefer Albacore over Ants... :D

bratsche

kohanmike
10-07-2017, 01:58 PM
Cali uses "George Clooney Eats Apples" since she's partial to him.

Booli
10-07-2017, 06:09 PM
Cali uses "George Clooney Eats Apples" since she's partial to him.

That's a good one too. :)

igorthebarbarian
10-10-2017, 07:40 PM
Goats can eat anything (and they will!)
I've missed it but I hear the current champion is a bit of a heel - like he's deliberately playing this part (but obviously a super smart guy)

Old-Time-Twanger
10-11-2017, 05:23 PM
I've never heard of the "My dog has fleas thing." But I have a really harebrained method all my own. I try to remember the letters GCEA. It might not make a lot of sense to everybody, but it works for me.

LimuHead
10-11-2017, 05:33 PM
My wife's hula teacher came up with "Go Cook, Eat Again."

I like it.

kvehe
10-11-2017, 06:39 PM
Giant Cockroaches Eat Animals

bratsche
10-12-2017, 12:44 PM
Or, for our virtuous vegan friends, "Gross Carnivores Eat Animals" ... lol

Which makes me wonder why, with all these variations, we pretty consistently put "Eat" in for the E. Must be wired into us, somehow. ;)

bratsche

RafterGirl
10-13-2017, 01:14 PM
Well, the quirky bartender from New York finally went down to defeat last night. Over $400,000 in prize money. #5 on the all-time Jeopardy wins & money list I believe. Not to fear, he'll be back soon for the Tournament Of Champions. I'll miss him, he was very entertaining. I bet he secretly plays a uke. He had that cool ukulele guy look about him :)

mds725
10-13-2017, 01:45 PM
Well, the quirky bartender from New York finally went down to defeat last night. Over $400,000 in prize money. #5 on the all-time Jeopardy wins & money list I believe. Not to fear, he'll be back soon for the Tournament Of Champions. I'll miss him, he was very entertaining. I bet he secretly plays a uke. He had that cool ukulele guy look about him :)

How did that happen? He was looking pretty invincible! The person who took him down has a story to tell even if he or she never wins another jeopardy game!

Xtradust
10-14-2017, 05:27 AM
When I was a kid my uncle left a nice Lyon and Healy soprano at our house for what had to be 10 years. Only thing I knew about ukulele was that you tune it to "my dog has fleas."

As I strum my soprano now, I can hear that g-c-e-a kind of sounds like "my dog has fleas.” But trying to use it as a tuning method was, and is, nearly impossible. I thank the Lord for clip-on tuners and I’m not even religious. :)