Today, we look at how the entire internet seemed to make the same incorrect joke about Bob Barker’s passing.
Knowledge Waits is a feature where I just share some bit of pop culture history that interests me that doesn’t quite fit into the other features.
Bob Barker, the iconic game show host of Truth and Consequences and The Price is Right, has passed away at age 99.
One of the regular parts of the gameplay on The Price is Right, where contestants have to guess how much items cost, is that you have to come as close as you can to the exact price of the item WITHOUT going over.
Well, Barker has passed away at 99, the closest you can get to a “dollar” in life without actually hitting triple digits, and the internet has all discovered the same joke at once.
I cannot believe Bob Barker lived as close to 100 as possible without going over.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) August 26, 2023
The fact that Bob Barker dying at 99 means he got as close to 100 without going over gives me comfort. pic.twitter.com/g13VjGRePh
— Matthew Rettenmund (@mattrett) August 26, 2023
Bob Barker getting as close to 100 as possible without going over is somehow fitting. https://t.co/NeTZZyJyj9
— Alan Saunders (@ASaunders_PGH) August 26, 2023
— Terry McGurrin (@standupmonkey) August 26, 2023
Bob Barker got as close as he could to 100 without going over https://t.co/RoH2uhg38U
— 𝘽𝙧𝙮𝙖𝙣 𝙋𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙛𝙞𝙪𝙢𝙚 (@BryanPassifiume) August 26, 2023
The thing is, on the show, you WANT to hit the number. Yes, you don’t want to go OVER it, but you WANT to hit the number, so in the context of this joke, Barker would have WANTED to hit 100 before passing away. It’s odd how everyone is making the same joke (and yes, obviously many people are copying the initial joke, but that’s why I only went with people who made the joke at around the same time, not the ones who made it hours later), and yet miss that aspect of the joke.
In any event, RIP, Bob Barker, you were a heck of a game show host!
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