To succeed on "Jeopardy!" requires an encyclopedic knowledge of everything from ancient history to pop culture. One must be able to quote both Shakespeare and Taylor Swift, and be conversational in topics ranging from public transportation to computer science.
Not every contestant is a flame-throwing knowledge machine like Oakland champion Amy Schneider, but earning a place on the show isn't an easy task. Still, it's assumed that anyone who makes the cut is smarter than the average bear, but it turns out that not every "Jeopardy!" contestant has a grasp of basic American history.