In what has to be one of the most tragicomic moments in game show television history, on Friday’s college edition of “Wheel of Fortune,” Indiana University freshman Julian Batts lost many, many things: A chance to win $1 million, a chance to redeem himself, and above all else, his pride.
It seemed that Batts had solved the puzzle, “Mythological Hero Achilles,” but when asked for an answer, he said, “Mythological Hero A-chill-ess.”
Yes, A-chill-ess. Sounds like: H.L.S.
After a brief pause, a mystified Pat Sajak said, “We can’t accept that.” Texas A&M student Shelby swooped in for solve, correctly pronouncing the word. Sajak attempted to explain what just happened. “The letters are up there because you have to solve it, which is what you did,” he told Shelby, without looking once at Batts. “You have to say it, and you said it.”
It looks like Batts’ achilles’ heel is creating fake words (sorry, not sorry), because in another solve, he guessed, “On-The-Spot Dicespin.” The correct answer was, “On-The-Spot Decision,” which is just as wonderfully ironic.
See the sadness yourself!
Derringer points out that you have to watch out for those low flying hawks that swoop down to steal your prize like Texas A&M student Shelby!