During a recent show, a “Wheel of Fortune” contestant solved a puzzle within seconds. Charles guessed “Singing Happy Birthday” to the prompt, “What are you doing?” He pulled it off with only five seconds and two consonants.
Game show host Pat Sajak responded to his rapid answer by saying, “Well that makes good sense, yeah.” Classic Sajak.
“Wheel of Fortune” tweeted the video clip showing the quick-witted response. They also captioned it, posing the question: “Can you solve this puzzle as fast as Charles?”
Their tweet also challenges “Wheel of Fortune” followers by stating, “Solve the puzzle in the comments below, before time runs out!” Then, a five-second countdown begins.
The show loves to get fans involved any way they can, but this is a test for any die-hard viewer.
Can you solve this puzzle as fast as Charles? 👀 pic.twitter.com/jIOEf68YOH— Wheel of Fortune (@WheelofFortune) June 18, 2021
Strong National Museum of Play Honors ‘Wheel of Fortune’
Known as the longest-running syndicated game show in history, “Wheel of Fortune” has nearly 40 seasons now. It’s definitely earned its place as a new archive in the Strong National Museum of Play.
Covered in a previous Outsider article, “Wheel of Fortune,” along with other popular game shows, are finally getting their own time capsule. Displayed for visitors to see, the museum will feature a historic visual timeline of each show. Fans can soon travel to view them in Rochester, New York.
Co-founded by TV producers Howard Blumenthal and Bob Boden, the archive is meant to recreate the game show experience. It features various types of photos, props, ticket stubs, and more.
However, the archives won’t be open to the public until 2023. They’re currently renovating the event space in preparation for the displays.
Memorabilia Wanted for Future Game Show Archives
Avid game show attendees can be a part of history. The Strong National Museum of Play started collecting artifacts and will continue to until they open in 2023.
The New York Times informed the public to contact Chris Bensch, who works for the archive, to donate any type of related game show items. In response, Bensch said that he hopes to gather some exciting pieces of history. He mentioned one of Vanna White’s 7,000 dresses, or possibly a letter board from “Wheel of Fortune.”
Before he died, former “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek donated a buzzer and script to the Smithsonian Institution. Trebek told Smithsonian Magazine that he felt game shows are successful because they dip into the powerful feeling of the American dream.