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[–]DeniseDeNephew 3598 points3599 points  (42 children)

Wow, that was really nice of them. What a great keepsake for him!

[–]omnilynx 864 points865 points  (33 children)

Quick, sell it on eBay!

[–]pinkiepieisbestpony 662 points663 points  (30 children)

I'll give you $999 dollars!

[–]CommentRaterBot 392 points393 points  (5 children)

Sold! I'll PM you my PayPal info so you can pay me before you realize I'm not the OP.

[–]misogichan 25 points26 points  (4 children)

That won't work. Paypal always sides with the consumers, so pinkiepieisbestpony can just get his money back whenever he wants. You should demand to be paid in bitcoins...through the darkweb too.

[–]jerstud56 9 points10 points  (1 child)

Darkweb or not being paid in btc it's still on the block chain to see

[–]WeightLiftingLulu[S] 252 points253 points  (15 children)

SOLD!

[–]war_ace 382 points383 points  (4 children)

Sorry OP someone else sold before you

[–]rnzz 90 points91 points  (3 children)

This is why I don't use eBay..

[–]AngryKiwiNoises 73 points74 points  (2 children)

Yeah I hate when other people sell my stuff before I do.

[–]ryavco 68 points69 points  (9 children)

Need wedges for 20! NEXT!

[–]stewwwwart 14 points15 points  (6 children)

Finally a random comment I actually get! Lmao just saw where is from earlier this morning for the first time...a magical experience indeed

[–]Wh3r3Th3BuffaloRoam 45 points46 points  (2 children)

I would rather have an empty bottle of whatever Pat drinks before the show.

[–]AwesomeDragon101 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Living in LA, I’ve been to tons of live studio recordings of shows like these but none have been as welcoming as Wheel of Fortune. They’re more laid back, the guy who announces the prizes is the one who hypes up the crowd instead of some random guy, they do tons of giveaways for prizes and they make it a fun experience overall. Also the audience size is small so you’re likely to be close to the contestants’ families. I really love seeing the families of the winners get so excited as their son/daughter/husband/wife/parent gets on the podium of the bonus round!!!

[–]tim-of-legend 5516 points5517 points  (134 children)

Thank God it wasn't the bankrupt tile, that would be a terrible event for a young child.

[–]darwin_thornberry 1785 points1786 points  (110 children)

Comes with a picture of Pat smirking

[–]Cold_Reality 1654 points1655 points  (103 children)

I want Vanna White to fart in my mouth.

[–]Icarium13 799 points800 points  (33 children)

That escalated quickly.

[–]rman18 1034 points1035 points  (30 children)

Should've bought a bowel.

[–]jaypat32[🍰] 231 points232 points  (9 children)

dude. take the rest of the day off. that was amazing.

[–]dogfacedboy420 79 points80 points  (8 children)

Great job everyone! We can all go home now.

[–]idwthis 39 points40 points  (7 children)

But, what if I'm already home?

[–]DoctorPooPooHead 37 points38 points  (6 children)

I'd like to buy a "brown i"

[–]quantum-mechanic 18 points19 points  (5 children)

Damn I would have went for the pink V myself, but hey whatever prize you want I guess

[–]DystopianFutureGuy 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I can't click the upvote because I'm shaking too much from laughing.

[–]vousaimezmike 135 points136 points  (8 children)

My wife was on W.O.F. and I asked her to touch Vanna and then not wash her hands until I could sniff them. She did NOT honor my request.

[–]WesleySnipesOfficial 48 points49 points  (4 children)

:| in my state that’s grounds for a divorce

[–]LuridofArabia 26 points27 points  (1 child)

What are the tax implications, Mr. Snipes?

[–]WesleySnipesOfficial 5 points6 points  (0 children)

What is a tax implication, your honor?

Innocent by ignorance of the law

[–]CommentCalligraphy 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I think you mean ex-wife

[–]Phoequinox 19 points20 points  (1 child)

I want to see Vanna White wearing Vantablack.

[–]Beeropoly 33 points34 points  (1 child)

Write them a letter. Seems like it works.

[–]warrior_3 55 points56 points  (16 children)

Chuck Berry?

[–]Cold_Reality 58 points59 points  (12 children)

Nope, his cousin Marvin.

[–]ranhalt 52 points53 points  (8 children)

You know that new sound you were looking for?

[–]Zerotwohero 45 points46 points  (7 children)

Well listen to this! 😁📞

[–]uhmerikin 38 points39 points  (4 children)

Pffffthhhbububub...

[–]djwasntme 8 points9 points  (2 children)

Your kids are gonna love it.

[–]Pm-ur-butt 7 points8 points  (1 child)

That was very interesting music. gulp

[–]DontOpenTilXmas 29 points30 points  (6 children)

Well she's like 70 now, so you might get more than a fart if she tried.

[–]KallistiEngel 13 points14 points  (5 children)

You're 10 years off.

[–]AlfredoTony 56 points57 points  (4 children)

Damn she's hot for being 80 years old

[–]Montigue 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I remember this one time when I met Pat at the supermarket...

[–]Bombingofdresden 22 points23 points  (1 child)

Eh, he could get rid of it in 7 years.

[–]bkdphi 8 points9 points  (0 children)

But then he could have walked around saying I declare bankruptcy!

[–]MewtwoStruckBack 10 points11 points  (0 children)

That would be fucking hilarious, come on now

[–]CollectableRat 4249 points4250 points  (250 children)

The wedges look bigger on TV.

[–]splurb 4764 points4765 points  (208 children)

The camera adds $25

[–]LaboratoryManiac 1879 points1880 points  (197 children)

For real, though, the whole set looks bigger on TV. The wheel is only about 6 feet across.

Source: was a contestant in 2014.

[–]BretMichaelsWig[🍰] 829 points830 points  (129 children)

Me too! 2017

[–]Konkey_Dong_Country 224 points225 points  (77 children)

Can we get an AMA since there's two contestants here?

  1. How did you go about getting on the show?
  2. Did you have to do any sort of rehearsals or agree to anything interesting before being on the show?
  3. How is it filmed, like are there retakes if you mess up really badly?
  4. How was the general experience being on the show?
  5. Did you win?

[–]lefteardud 384 points385 points  (60 children)

  1. Applied online after the closing credits one night mentioned they wanted contestants from my area.
  2. There were some legalities, the big ones they make clear at the audition.
  3. They tape six shows in one day. After a morning of rules and practice on the set with the other contestants from that week, we were assigned to a trio of contestants. Then we drew numbers to see which order we would be recorded in. No retakes. In commercials they touch up your makeup.
  4. If I could do it 20x over, I would.
  5. No bonus land, but I won a prize puzzle! Trip to London and Paris!

[–]frosty_lizard 79 points80 points  (33 children)

What was the trip like?

[–]lefteardud 164 points165 points  (8 children)

It was a tour by Collette, their advertiser. We had to pay for our own lunch, but everything else was included. Collette offered excursions as they did with their other guests (which we promptly took advantage of). 3.5 in London, 3.5 in paris. Saw major sights. The Collette people honored two free flights. We tacked Ireland on (done on our own) for six days after the tour. We paid for flight from Paris to Cork. Prize took care of trans-Atlantic flights which I thought was super cool and super nice of them to do.

[–]sharklops 77 points78 points  (4 children)

That's really much better than I've always assumed the trip prizes on wheel of fortune would be.

[–]lefteardud 52 points53 points  (0 children)

They really didn’t mess around with the prize. Seeing the process from start to finish, I think it’s probably a daunting task to find 1. quality players who 2. represent a cross-section of America that can 3. take time from work AND pay their way out to California. Without contestants, there is no show, and I think they take this seriously. Anyone I encountered throughout the process was so nice, so easy to work with, and understanding.

[–]quasifun 6 points7 points  (1 child)

All non-cash game show prizes are paid promotions. If a lousy hotel or tour promoter decides to pay the show to award a crummy trip, then that's what you get.

[–]LaboratoryManiac 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Most of the trip prizes are just week-long island resort stays. Colette weeks have more inclusive (and typically more expensive) trips.

[–]tidesoncrim 679 points680 points  (17 children)

Not OP, but considering they've now seen London and France, the only thing left to see is your underpants.

[–]_bad 236 points237 points  (5 children)

God fucking damn it dad how did you figure out how to make an account

[–]FirstmateJibbs 63 points64 points  (2 children)

And when are you gonna be back from the store, it's been 12 years

[–]milkfree 6 points7 points  (0 children)

Absolutely fucking savage. Just eviscerated that guy. Holy shit.

[–]-Durbz 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This comment will not get all the attention it deserves

[–]jcmck0320 20 points21 points  (6 children)

Can a boring person pass the audition? Asking for a friend.

[–]HappyHappy_Joy_Joy 48 points49 points  (3 children)

Boring people don't have friends

[–]lefteardud 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Hahaha. If your boring friend can find some energy to exude, then yes :)

[–]Telefunkin 22 points23 points  (2 children)

They tape six shows in one day.

That sounds exhausting.

What were some of the legalities?

[–]lefteardud 26 points27 points  (1 child)

Taping rights, acknowledging you didn’t have help getting through audition process, you didn’t have answers to puzzles, acknowledging you’ve never been on show (or any version of the show, think: Wheel 2000) before. Those were the big ones (ever see “Quiz Show”? May have taken place in ‘60s, but that has some long-lasting effects on game show operations).

[–]kidforce7 53 points54 points  (9 children)

Also a contestant. 2004. 1. Applies at wheeloffortune.com. Randomly picked to go audition. Chosen from like 100 people to fly out and be on show. 2. You play a practice round before taping. Everyone gets a chance to spin the wheel before taping. 3. There are! In fact I got to play the bonus round twice. The first time I thought maybe I had said the answer. But I hadn’t. So they gave me a new puzzle since it was a cluster. 4. It was a blast. Pat and Vanna super friendly. 5. I won $52,755 without winning the bonus round.

[–]jmw08 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Hi, contestant form 2014 chiming in! 1. I submitted an application online. They let me know when they were in my area and asked me to send in an audition video. From there, I was invited to the auditions. 2. We did get to practice with the wheel and calling out letters before tapings started. The legal paperwork was quite significant. 3. As another commenter noted, six shows are filmed in a day. I did see a puzzle have to be thrown out because Pat told a contestant she had the puzzle correct but the actual answer was one letter off (I don’t remember exactly what it was, but it was a strange situation). All of the contestants filming that episode got $1,000 (I think that was the amount) for the puzzle being thrown out. 4. It was so awesome. The WOF staff are some of the nicest people I’ve ever met. I would do it again in a heartbeat! 5. Yes, $6,000! It was a huge deal to me at the time as a grad student with a wedding coming up in a few months.

[–]inthyface 14 points15 points  (3 children)

  1. ___ ___ _____ ___ _______?

[–]NeedMoneyForVagina 236 points237 points  (43 children)

Plot twist: You two are the same person. Also Bruce Willis was dead the whole time.

[–]BlackWholeFoods 79 points80 points  (32 children)

The fuck is your deal man?

[–]backwoodsmtb 88 points89 points  (21 children)

It seems pretty clear, they need money for their vagina.

[–]Dexley 35 points36 points  (15 children)

If I give a dollar, do I feed it right in like a vending machine?

[–]majorjoe23 5 points6 points  (2 children)

They should work at Black Whole Foods.

[–]tomservo88 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Black Whole Foods, won't you come to wash the rain away?

[–]Sharps__ 16 points17 points  (5 children)

Snoke kills Dumbledore

[–]KhunDavid 6 points7 points  (4 children)

Luke was Frodo’s mom.

[–]olde_greg 4 points5 points  (3 children)

Picard dies at the end of Justice League

[–]ILoveDiscussions 5 points6 points  (1 child)

How much did you win? What was the casting operation like?

[–]0xD153A53 62 points63 points  (14 children)

Yeah, but when a contestant picks up a prize wedge off the wheel, I swear it looks bigger than this...

[–]antsyalyssa 49 points50 points  (3 children)

Maybe this is a giant child!?

[–]Dlrlcktd 8 points9 points  (2 children)

I choose to believe that all contestants are just insanely small

[–]LaboratoryManiac 87 points88 points  (8 children)

Well this is defenitely a souvenir wedge since $1,000 wedges never looked like that, so it may be scaled down to fit in the mail better. But I will say that everything on set looked much smaller in person, so if it is scaled down, it's not by more than an inch or two.

They had the retired $10,000 wedge framed on the wall backstage, and I thought it was a scaled down replica, too, until I saw the wheel itself.

EDIT: It looks like he's holding it at an angle in the left pic, too. I think it may actually be to scale with the real wheel wedges.

[–]I_CAPE_RUNTS 24 points25 points  (4 children)

SOMEBODY GET THAT KID A BANANA SO WE CAN SOLVE THIS

[–]-sweep- 32 points33 points  (0 children)

also a contestant in 2014, can confirm the set is tiny.

[–]ROIDBOT 25 points26 points  (32 children)

Can we AMA this? Do they tell you you cannot whip the wheel around?

[–]LaboratoryManiac 70 points71 points  (29 children)

I can answer questions here if you like. If you want a full-blown AMA I may be able to get some fellow contestants together for a group AMA. They'll have some more interesting stories to tell.

They do teach us the proper procedure for spinning the wheel, and we all did practice spins before taping started.

The procedure for spinning is as follows:

1.) Reach out as far to the right as you can with your dominant hand.

2.) Grab the top half of a spoke and pull it towards you. (Grabbing the bottom half is bad because your hand will hit your arrow, and the arrows of players to your right if you're not in the red position.)

3.) Push the spoke away from you to your left and let go.

[–]ROIDBOT 29 points30 points  (18 children)

Thanks! One follow up question...does it feel like a heavy duty piece of gaming equipment, or something you would find at a fly-by-night carnival?

[–]LaboratoryManiac 60 points61 points  (16 children)

It may not be as big as it looks on TV, but it's definitely as heavy as it looks. Even with people spinning it as hard as they can, most people on average fall short of a full rotation. It definitely felt like it was built to last, that's for sure.

As for the wedges themselves, they're grouped up and separated into quadrants that crew members swap out between rounds.

Fun fact: There's also a red arrow in the green center of the wheel that you can't see on tv! It's projected onto the wheel from above with a laser and points to the active player.

[–]Icantevenhavemyname 17 points18 points  (14 children)

I’ve got a few if you don’t mind? How long was your experience? How many do they shoot in a day? How long from taping to airing? What did you win?

[–]LaboratoryManiac 46 points47 points  (13 children)

How long was your experience? How many do they shoot in a day?

They shoot 5 to 6 episodes a day. The other contestants and I arrived at the studio around 7am, and I stayed for a few tapings after my episode, then left with my family at about 2 or 3pm (though taping continued until about 6 or 7).

The first half of the day is rules and paperwork. An independent auditor goes over eligibility rules, then the producers go over game rules. There's hair and makeup, we go on set to practice spinning, take pictures, and film affiliate promos, and then we get our groupings and randomly draw for tape order and player positions. The first group goes on stage for a few test puzzles to make sure all the equipment is working properly, then taping starts around noon.

Taping a single episode itself takes about a half hour. Unless there's a hiccup in transition, the breaks between rounds are about as long as the actual commercial breaks you see.

How long from taping to airing?

It was a little under 2 months from tape to air for my episode. The first 5 episodes from my tape date aired together as a theme week. The 6th episode aired a couple months later as part of a week comprised of other 6th episodes. (Astute Wheel Watchers will notice these weeks because the sets are different every day, and sometimes there's a random team episode thrown in because they had 6 sets of pairs for couples week or something like that.)

What did you win?

About $21k cash and prizes, including the prize puzzle trip. I made it to the bonus round, but didn't get my bonus puzzle.

[–]TheColdTurtle 12 points13 points  (7 children)

Did you have to give half of that in taxes?

[–]Icantevenhavemyname 4 points5 points  (0 children)

It sounds like you had a great experience. Thanks for the reply and have a great weekend.

[–]ROIDBOT 7 points8 points  (0 children)

That's crazy! Thanks, I really hope an AMA comes up some day.

[–]mikeleachtv 24 points25 points  (0 children)

I was on the show back in 2012. I found that if I gave the wheel a full solid spin (6ft, 180 lb guy) it was nearly one full revolution on the dot. When I played, there was a "safe" section of the wheel (5-6 consecutive money wedges, no bankrupt or lose a turn) I basically stayed in that section the entire game. When you see Pat hitting the $5000 space with regularity with the final spin it's not random, it's muscle memory. If he wanted to, he could probably hit it most every time.

[–]slow_drain 7 points8 points  (1 child)

As a lefty, can you spin the wheel counter-clockwise?

This question has ruined me for 31 years.

[–]LaboratoryManiac 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Nope. Clockwise only.

[–]PrincessOfWales 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Good luck trying! I filmed in December and I couldn’t get the wheel to go even halfway around. It weighs 2400lb, but it’s much smaller than what you imagine it to be.

[–]lefteardud 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I’ll AMA this!

If anything it’s the opposite. They want stronger spins. That thing is heavy (I compare it to an exceptionally heavy door). Fun fact: not sure how often they clean it. My hand smelled a little funky afterward lol.

[–]freezingbyzantium 14 points15 points  (1 child)

It's a little known fact, but to increase the effect you can only apply to the show if you are under 5 feet tall.

[–]Its_mee_kimchee 23 points24 points  (0 children)

You had the chance to use the pound (currency) symbol and you didn’t take it :(

[–]conspiracyeinstein 11 points12 points  (0 children)

“But how many cameras are on you?”

[–]WeightLiftingLulu[S] 88 points89 points  (5 children)

It's a smaller version of the TV wedge

[–]bigragingrondo 17 points18 points  (2 children)

your kid is adorable! i'll give you $1,000 for him, and I'd like to solve the puzzle

[–]ArmadilloAl 118 points119 points  (23 children)

Not sure if joking, but that's a replica. They haven't used $1000 wedges since long before they added the white outlines to the numbers, and I'm pretty sure cash wedges have never been two-tones like that.

[–]0xD153A53 93 points94 points  (6 children)

Could be old stock from back in the day, used specifically for these kinds of requests. I mean, why use an in-service wedge when there are a bunch of these cardboard ones likely sitting in a box in the prop warehouse?

[–]ArmadilloAl 40 points41 points  (5 children)

Yeah, I'd assume they make these specifically for fan promotion like this, but it's definitely not designed to be used on the actual Wheel itself. For one, it's like half the size of a real wedge.

[–]Corn0ffTheCob 21 points22 points  (6 children)

That’s a lot of WoF knowledge in just a couple sentences.

[–]Calvin_Coolidge_fan6 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I love that there’s an expert for literally everything

[–]littledabwilldoya 17 points18 points  (3 children)

Go ahead and rain on this kid's parade.

[–]ArmadilloAl 17 points18 points  (2 children)

If the kid is reading this, I apologize, but I assumed his parents had enough sense to keep him far away from Reddit.

[–]Sveenee 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Maybe his son is really tall for his age.

[–]IKPenguin 251 points252 points  (17 children)

I know the feeling that's awesome for your son! Mario Lemieux sent me a letter and autograph when I wrote to him as a kid for a school project. I'm from Pittsburgh FYI. I'll never be that happy again haha

[–]MewtwoStruckBack 78 points79 points  (3 children)

I met Jerome Bettis at Dave and Buster’s. He kicked my ass at Super Shot. He was nice enough to sign a photo of him in a Steelers plaque I won out of the Winner’s Circle.

I want a rematch at Super Shot. I know I could take on any Steeler at any game at D&B now.

[–]IKPenguin 25 points26 points  (0 children)

I met Jerome too! He autographed my football and said hello. He knew the guy in line behind me and was talking to him so I was a tad disappointed I didn't get to talk to him much. I don't even have the football anymore because I was really young and liked playing with it and I lost it. I'm glad you had a cool experience with da bus.

[–]h0v3rb1k3s 12 points13 points  (0 children)

I can definitely remember feeling like this kid. I used to request autographs from NHL stars. It was very exciting getting an envelope with an NHL logo.

I'm a Pens fan and, ironically, never got any response from the Pens via mail (in the '90s). Lemieux is my white whale.

However, I did receive very nice autograph replies from Teemu Selanne (Jets), Pavel Bure (Canucks), Scott Stevens, and Wayne Gretzky twice.

Gretzky was the best at this fan outreach. My first mailed request was wrong because I wrote the arenas phone number instead of zip code. Once I realized that, I mailed in another, this time with a card enclosed. Months later, the card came back autographed. Another month or two later still, the original request with no zip code was also answered -- with a pretty signed 8×10.

Great times.

[–]spencerg83 20 points21 points  (0 children)

Mario Lemieux is legendary. I remember playing the old NHL games on my SNES, Lemieux would always trash my team. (Damn you, LeMix!)

[–]WeightLiftingLulu[S] 18 points19 points  (2 children)

Damn, Super Mario!?!? That is cool!

[–]IKPenguin 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Likewise! Wheel of Fortune is great!

[–]olmikeyy 10 points11 points  (1 child)

Proud to be your 66th upvote, LGP!

[–]zerbeySurvey 2016 401 points402 points  (24 children)

One of the greatest days of my childhood was when Tony Hart wrote back to me with a signed picture of Morph. Your little guy will remember this for a long time.

[–]marmorset 126 points127 points  (8 children)

My father took me to a rodeo (a rarity where I live) when I was four. Afterwards we went to the stable area and I met Clayton Moore, the Lone Ranger from TV. He signed my program and told me that he had rode one of Silver's children, Silver couldn't be there.

Forty-plus years later, I remember every single second I was there with him.

[–]wefearchange 50 points51 points  (7 children)

I wasn't an adorable child but rather a tipsy college kid when I met Adam West at BatFest and it still was SO FREAKING COOL.

[–]marmorset 19 points20 points  (0 children)

He's still the best Batman to me. When you're young you don't get the jokes, that's just Batman. Although I like him in other stuff, he's got a good sense of humor, I wish I hadn't see those things.

I've found it's a good policy is to know as little as possible about your childhood heroes, you'll only learn they're human and disappointing in some way. I don't want to know about their politics, their sexual peculiarities, or their questionable business practices.

I know nothing at all about Clayton Moore, and I'm perfectly happy. He's the Lone Ranger, the Lone Ranger was real, and that's it.

[–]TessTobias 10 points11 points  (5 children)

I met Colin Mochrie once! His head was just as shiny as it looks on TV. It was magnificent.

[–]ChipAyten 26 points27 points  (3 children)

For those unfamiliar; Tony Hart is the English equivalent of a fusion between Mr. Rogers & Bob Ross.

[–]justahunk 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I wrote to “The New Hollywood Squares” once and they sent me Andy Dick. He’s been here for four years now. We can’t afford his medications and feeding bills. It’s horrible; pray for us.

[–]FireDovah 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I wrote a letter to Steve Irwin and got a signed crocodile hunter T shirt. I love that shirt. Even though it is now far too small. My parents hid his death from me for years. But 15 years later and I still remember receiving that gift

[–]ProkeAssPitch 18 points19 points  (3 children)

He's the greatest skateboard imo and I loved his games growing up. Being one of my heroes, it's a shame I never got to meet Tony Hart.

[–]zerbeySurvey 2016 7 points8 points  (0 children)

I'm just trying to imagine this jovial elderly artist riding a skateboard around and it's hilarious.

Tony Hart, now sadly no longer with us.

The guy who rides the skateboard, and is also a cool guy, is Tony Hawk.

[–]firesigntheater 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I think you mean Tony Hawk

[–]Spatula151 134 points135 points  (17 children)

That’s pretty cool. When I was like 4 i watched the price is right everyday with my grandma. Would’ve loved a plinko chip.

[–]_fck 102 points103 points  (13 children)

Bob Barker sent me a voucher to get my dog neutered at the vet

[–]WeightLiftingLulu[S] 14 points15 points  (1 child)

Try sending the show an email, that's all we did, got a response a could weeks later!

[–]Monkeymonkey27 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Cant wait for the Wheel of Fortune email guy to have 40,000 emails asking for free stuff now

[–]monkeysmosh92 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Same here! We would watch that,, along with Supermarket Sweep. That looked like so much fun with all the prop groceries in that fake grocery store lol

[–]MewtwoStruckBack 199 points200 points  (10 children)

Wow, it’s been while since they’ve used a $1,000 wedge.

[–]ArmadilloAl 186 points187 points  (4 children)

I just looked it up - 1999 is when they last used the $1,000 wedge, and 1996 is the last time we saw the non-sparkly version.

[–]WaffleFoxes 23 points24 points  (3 children)

I....I never considered that they update the wheel. I mean, it’s obvious when I think about it, but the idea had never crossed my mind.

[–]MewtwoStruckBack 16 points17 points  (2 children)

So much on Wheel of Fortune has changed.

I wish they would change a few more things though:

*Allow skill spinning. From what I remember from the one Redditor's AMA about beating the fuck out of Wheel of Fortune, you're not allowed to aim for a specific wedge (but you're allowed to avoid a specific area of the wheel.) I want to see someone hit the $5,000 over and over and over.

*Move the $2,500, $3,500, and $5,000 away from the Bankrupt to remove the penalty for attempting to skill spin and being just over.

*The Wild Card should, in addition to its current powers, negate a Lose a Turn OR a Bankrupt.

*Create a Super-Jackpot, using all the money, prizes, and half-cars that anyone ever loses to a Bankrupt. Start it at $100,000, and have that replace the $100,000 wedge in the bonus round. For every two half cars that people have and lose, add another car of about $15,000 in value to the jackpot.

*Bring back the fucking Free Spin token (in addition to leaving Free Play on the wheel.)

*Require that Pat Sajak attempt to hit the $5,000 space on the Final Spin - particularly when he is the first one to spin in Round 4 and the wheel is set up in prime position for him to do so!

[–]Nukkil 20 points21 points  (0 children)

damn inflation

[–]skybunny1500 178 points179 points  (6 children)

I was lucky enough to meet vanna white a couple years ago. I used to be a flight attendant and she was in first class on a flight I was working. She was soooooo nice and looked incredible (she had zero makeup on but still looked flawless). I told her how my recently passed grandma loved her and vanna chatted with me for awhile, asking questions about my life and everything. She was a class act all the way!

[–]ctjwa 72 points73 points  (0 children)

That heart on her signature is pretty hot too. She’s been hot for like 40yrs straight always looking the same

[–]drbusty 43 points44 points  (1 child)

Payin' cash, first class sittin' next to Vanna White.

[–]tanis_ivy 10 points11 points  (0 children)

I have had the biggest crush on Vanna pretty much since i discovered WoF as a child. Great smile.

[–]your_uncle_mike 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Will I make it? Damn right, I’ll be on the next flight. Paying cash, first class sittin next to Vanna White

[–]Themadreposter 585 points586 points  (9 children)

Now, while he's at his happiest, have him send another letter and then give him the bankrupt tile and take away everything. Never too early to start teaching life lessons.

[–]CapricornAngel 124 points125 points  (4 children)

One day he will have his own cardboard sign that reads, "Too poor to buy a vowel".

[–]bigjames2002 43 points44 points  (3 children)

Still only $250, the best deal ever! No inflation on vowels!

[–]mostnormal 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Yeah, but that still means that one day this kid may end up sucking dick for vowels.

[–]ChipAyten 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I'm sorry, you didn't phrase your answer in the form of a question.

[–]jumbaco525 87 points88 points  (11 children)

Love this! Keep watching kid! On a side note, my fiancé is a genius at Jeopardy, but hattttes Wheel of Fortune mostly due to the fact he can’t figure out the words or phrases. I quite enjoy beating him at it. It’s the little things.

[–]that_darn_cat 22 points23 points  (3 children)

Same with my husband and me. I can't figure out wheel of fortune if my life depended on it.

[–]UnsinkableRubberDuck 14 points15 points  (2 children)

There was once a puzzle that looked like this:

_ _. _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _, _ . _ _ _ _ _ _ _

I can't remember if there was just one letter visible or none, but I mentally guessed 'Dr. Livingstone, I presume' and it was right. No one was around to witness this, so I don't tell people much cause it's not that impressive and they wouldn't believe me anyways.

[–]pchc_lx 15 points16 points  (2 children)

That's very interesting, I'm totally the opposite. Awful at Jeopardy, but for some reason the process-of-elimination thing with Wheel Of Fortune makes my brain feel good.

[–]jumbaco525 7 points8 points  (1 child)

That’s exactly how I am. I have no idea how my fiancé knows the random shit he does. He just said he’s filled with useless info.

[–]merrychristmasyo 22 points23 points  (1 child)

If you see one missing on tv, you’ll know where it is.

[–]Defnotaneckbeard 12 points13 points  (0 children)

Someone said in a different comment that they haven't used the $1000 wedge since 1999 and it's been since 1996 since they used a "non sparkly" one.

[–]_IDriveADodgeStratus 76 points77 points  (7 children)

Attention marketing people. This is how you generate millions of views for basically about $5-10 instead of spending hundreds of millions on superbowl ads. The view count per $ spent is probably insane.

[–]chevymonza 20 points21 points  (4 children)

WoF will also get inundated with wedge requests now......

[–]mintak4 3 points4 points  (0 children)

They already know. Why do you think there are 2-3 highly upvoted Star Wars-related posts daily since the film release.

[–]savemejebus0 19 points20 points  (0 children)

I loved Wheel of Fortune at his age too! (been around a loooong time). My head would have exploded.

[–]tacknosaddle 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I never really watched it much but when my son was young we'd watch the CBS news and it would come on right after that. It really helped him learn his letters quickly so we just kind of rolled with it, I'll bet that show has helped a lot of kids that way.

[–]Dialogical 19 points20 points  (11 children)

Back in the day when beepers were a thing I received a page from my friend Courtney B. She lived in New Jersey and was telling me about a party in NYC. I immediately booked a ticket for the next flight, paid cash for first class and ended up sitting next to Vanna White.

[–]cityfromthestories 9 points10 points  (0 children)

"Lose a Turn"? Why, Daddy, whyyyyy?

[–]homelysofa 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Fun! When I was his age, I wrote to every celebrity in my older sister's Scholastic "Celebrity Autograph Addresses" book.

All I got was a an autographed postcard from Gavin MacLeod, The Captain from Love Boat. The show was already off the air.

[–]TheDoomSquad 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Pat, we couldn't have sprung for the Million Dollar Tile (™)?? We all know this child is guessing "Country Roads Take Me Home" after spinning for one 'T'

[–]RoomFor20NEXT 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Vanna all day everyday.

[–]AU_ZE 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Fun fact! Vanna White holds the world record of television’s most frequent clapper!

[–]KingArya30 10 points11 points  (3 children)

My grandma died recently. She couldn't speak a word of english but god damn did she love wheel of fortune. In the hospital she took her last breath at 7:43PM, with Wheel of Fortune on the TV. I don't exactly what it is about this post, but i think i really appreciate how many generations enjoy this show and it makes me happy

[–]Pseuzq 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I have loved Pat & Vanna since the 80s. The whole trip is very American and very wholesome.

"Welcome to AMERICA'S GAME!"

And who ever upped the game on the closing music, with those horns and whatnot? Yeah baby, gonna make my elderly parents dinner now because Wheel is Life and who wouldn't want to cook now?

[–]richardec 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Would he like to buy a vowel?