(MLB.com/Ben Masur on Twitter)When Bryce Harper uttered the line ‘That’s a clown question, bro" in response to a reporter’s unappreciated question this past summer in Toronto, we knew right away a classic catchphrase was born. I just don’t know that anybody realized how popular — and perhaps overused — it would become, or where it would start showing up.
For example, about one week after Harper coined it, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid was dropping it during press gatherings on Capitol Hill. And it didn’t stop there. It started showing up on everyone's television, especially in the late-night hours. It even trended on Twitter a time or two. Then Bryce Harper trademarked the phrase, merchandise was made, and he even donned a clown costume for Halloween.
But despite all of that, the phrase hadn’t quite reached immortal status until Friday. Because that’s when “That’s a clown question, bro” reached a plateau so few phrases do.
It received its own category on "Jeopardy".
CATEGORY: THAT'S A CLOWN QUESTION, BRO. CLUE: Tim Curry described this character as "a smile gone bad" #jeopardy
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) January 25, 2013
The correct response: Who is Pennywise the Dancing Clown? For more THAT'S A CLOWN QUESTION, BRO clues, watch Jeopardy! today. #jeopardy
— Jeopardy! (@Jeopardy) January 26, 2013
As usual, I wasn't home at the time Jeopardy aired locally. From what I gather from those tweets, though, the category does indeed center around fictional and non-fictional clowns a as opposed to famously strange, awkward or unnecessary questions from members of the media.
If you ask me, the latter premise would have been far more entertaining, but I guess we'll just have to wait for Jeopardy to bring it back again and try that the next time. And while we're waiting, we can try to figure out the next unexpected place it'll show up.
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