I had a good laugh during “Jeopardy!” tonight. One of the clues (in a category related to grammar, I believe) contained the phrase, “It was as if an occult hand had. . .” I wish I remembered more about the clue and category, but I’m afraid I didn’t catch anything else for the next minute or two, as I was busy laughing, and then I had to explain to others WHY I was laughing.
As many of you probably already know, the Order of the Occult Hand, is a “secret” society (of sorts) formed by journalists, and the requirements for being a member was working the phrase “It was as if an occult hand had” (or something very similar, it seems the standards are loose) into print. Apparently, they thought it was an odd enough phrase that it would be fun to see how often they could sneak it into the media.
Seeing it on the Jeopardy! board shocked a laugh out of me. . .then I realized that the clue was not related to the Order of the Occult Hand directly, it was just a phrase they used, and the contestants were supposed to supply a question related to the grammar of the phrase. That meant that the writers on the show had just made their bones and were now members of the Order. Then I laughed harder.
I’m so easily amused.
Anybody else catch this?